SMU has implemented many initiatives and programs with the intent of cutting down on energy use and emissions.
SMU's Temperature Set Point Protocol, an initiative derived from the Operational Excellence program, seeks to reduce energy usage on the Dallas Main Campus by standardizing the temperatures in areas zoned for academic, administrative, and assembly use. This new energy usage reduction program also aligns SMU's sustainability mission to promote environmental stewardship.
SMU reduces energy consumption by allowing our building temperature set points to increase over a brief period during these high energy use periods. These energy curtailment periods last less than 2 hours, and the average temperature increase in each building is 2 - 3 degrees Fahrenheit. By participating in these energy curtailments, SMU helps our environment by reducing the demand for additional high - emission power plants, and allowing energy companies to focus on investing in the future of green energy rather than investing to meet the current demand.
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification is a voluntary rating system for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings.Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED provides building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations, and maintenance solutions. SMU has 24 LEED certified buildings on the Main and Taos campuses.