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Better Buildings Challenge

The Better Buildings Challenge is a federal initiative through the U.S. Department of Energy that asks the nation’s leaders in energy proficiency to be at least 20 percent more energy efficient by 2020. Michigan State University has taken up that challenge for its 20 million-square-feet of contiguous campus.

One key component of the Better Buildings Challenge (BBC) is collaboration and problem-solving. Partners are urged to share information that can be replicated by other entities to help them achieve greater energy efficiency. MSU’s Integrated Energy Planning Model was selected by the BBC as MSU’s “implementation model” that others may benefit from replicating.

A photo of MSU's Anthony Hall, featuring a brick exterior covered in ivy on a spring morning.


MSU uses a unique building profiling system to assess campus buildings and determine which provide the best opportunity for energy savings. Building energy reductions are then achieved by addressing maintenance items, testing and tuning the mechanical systems and adding other energy conservation measures. Anthony Hall was the first building at MSU to undergo this complete upgrade process, setting the blueprint for future energy efficiency improvements.

In addition, as a Data Center Partner, MSU has committed to reduce energy use in two of its data centers by 20% over 10 years.

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