F&M is working vigilantly to reduce electricity usage through out campus.  The College looks at energy reduction from all angles to ensure as great of savings as possible.  Below are some of the initiatives F&M has implemented to reduce the College’s electrical footprint:

LED Lighting

LED Lighting serves to reduce the electrical usage dramatically while still providing hi-quality illumination both outdoors and in the classroom.   The LED lighting projects installed in 2013 and 2014 are expected to reduce F&M’s electricity usage by 2 million kilowatt hours a year.

Solar Panels on Campus

Franklin and Marshall has two photovoltaic systems installed on campus.  A smaller 300-square-foot solar array sits atop the roof of Sustainability House. This array serves to promote the use of renewable energy technologies on campus and in the greater Lancaster community.  The larger array is a 30.36 kW system installed on top of the Hackman Physical Science building.  Both systems help to generate electricity on site and reduce the College’s carbon foot print.    

Occupancy Sensors

F&M has installed occupancy sensors throughout campus in an effort to reduce electricity usage while spaces are not in use.

Energy Star Equipment

As equipment ages and is cycled out of use, the College is committed to replacing appliances and other electronics with energy efficient units.  F&M purchases Energy Star Appliances whenever possible in a continued effort to reduce the campus’ electricity usage

Energy Dashboard

Franklin & Marshall's "Building Dashboard" allows students to compare energy-consumption rates among residence halls. The dashboard provides an instant comparison among buildings, and between live and historical data. 

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Dyson Airblades

Franklin and Marshall has installed 20 energy efficient, HEPA filtered  Dyson Airblade Hand Dryers throughout campus.  These units help to reduce environmental impacts by greatly reducing Carbon Dioxide output that occurs from the production, transportation, and disposal of paper towels.

Heating and Cooling

In 2009 and 2010, the College replaced the Boiler and Chiller with higher efficiency units.  This helped to greatly reduce the amount of natural gas and electricity used on campus. 

F&M has also been steadily replacing oil furnaces in builds not connected to the central plant.  The oil furnaces are removed and replaced with much more efficient natural gas units that use fewer resources and have fewer emissions. 


In order to increase the sustainability of our campus, the College adopted guidelines to promote the conservation of energy.  For interior spaces, the guidelines are:

Heating Season

Cooling Season

Occupied space

70 degrees

75 degrees

Unoccupied space

62 degrees

83 degrees


+/- 2 degrees

+/- 2 degrees

Over break periods, the College further curtails heating and cooling in areas that are unoccupied.  This helps to reduce energy consumption while spaces are not in use.