NC State’s aggressive energy management strategies minimize costs, save natural resources and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

NC State Energy Management is responsible for tracking, managing and reducing energy use on campus.

The university has a complex energy grid with five utility plants plus a vast network of steam and chilled water pipelines. The main two energy sources NC State uses are natural gas and electricity. NC State also has several solar energy sources.

Energy conservation strategies are successfully reducing campus energy use while enabling the university to progress toward its goal of a 40% energy use reduction per gross square foot by 2022 (as compared to the 2002 baseline).

Energy Reduction

View NC State’s Energy and Water Report

Emissions Reduction

View NC State’s Greenhouse Gas Inventory


Fueled To Thrive

Wizaso Munthali found her path from Zambia’s environmental protection agency to a Ph.D. and research for a transition towards clean energy.

How You Can Reduce Campus Energy Use

1. Hit the light switch when you’re the last person to leave a room.
2. Pull the plug on electronics not in use.
3. Shut the fume hood sash in campus labs.

Energy Research and Resources

NC State is a major contributor in energy research. The Energy Collaborative helps the NC State community collaborate, develop, share and communicate energy-related research and teaching across campus and beyond.


DSIRE (Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency) allows homeowners to explore current incentives

Professional training is available in energy-related fields. Numerous K-20 STEM education opportunities also focus on energy

NC State Extension has Home Energy Conservation resources


Energy Solutions helps identify and implement energy efficiency initiatives for industry

Industry Expansion Solutions provides services for businesses to reduce energy use and environmental impact

Technical assistance is available for businesses and industry