Stockton University is a known innovator in sustainable practices in New Jersey. It has led the way in the application of new and alternative technologies to reduce both greenhouse gas emissions and the use of fossil fuel. Stockton’s exceptionally large 400-borehole geothermal heat pump system has heated and cooled the academic buildings for more than a decade. The system decreases Stockton’s electric consumption by twenty-five percent and the University’s natural gas consumption by seventy percent. Carbon dioxide emissions are reduced by thirteen percent. More information on the geothermal project can be found here: Geothermal System Overview. The campus has two solar arrays rated at 20kW each. The amount of power being generated by the solar panels on the Arts and Sciences Building in real time can be found here: Solar Energy. Stockton has installed the nation’s first aquifer thermal energy storage project (ATES). During the winter, groundwater is pumped from an aquifer beneath the campus and through a cooling tower to reduce its temperature. This chilled water is then returned to the same aquifer at a different location for storage and utualized during the summer for air conditioning the college buildings without using the traditional "chillers". More on the ATES: ATES.
F-wing Overbuild: A recently completed extension of the main academic building has received certification by the US Green Building Council as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) project. It includes:
- waterless urinals
- extensive use of recycled, sustainable and low emitting materials
- passive solar heating and cooling
- natural lighting
- solar panels (26 KW)
Newly constructed Housing 5 is heated and cooled with a geothermal system similar to the one that serves the main campus buildings. Sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality are addressed in these new facilities. For more information on LEED and green building see: U.S. Green Building Council.
To see the amount of energy being produced by the solar arrays on campus, click here.