A five-college utilities study completed in Summer 2007 helped to provide an overview of each college's development and consumption pattern over the past twenty years. It highlighted their dynamic growth, helped establish a database and highlighted a problem in our ability to accurately measure consumption. A campus utilities audit is proposed and will further establish a database, identify projects to create reductions in energy and water consumption and provide guidance towards a framework for greater efficiencies in campus mechanical and other systems.
Between 2002 and 2005, the College experienced a steady increase in energy use. The exact cause is unknown. However, during this time, CMC increased its number of students, faculty and staff, implemented more campus technology and built more on campus square footage. The Roberts Environmental Center is investigating this trend and will attempt to understand how these factors relate to increased energy use and how the trend can be reversed.