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Energy and Buildings


The Energy and Buildings Climate Action Group will measure and reduce emissions associated with existing buildings and facilities, and work to produce and procure renewable energy to run the Rutgers campuses.


  • Mike Kornitas, Director of Sustainability and Energy, Rutgers IP&O 

  • Laura Berman, Assistant Vice President and Assistant University Architect, Rutgers IP&O 

    Glenn Vliet, Senior Director, Utilities Operations, Rutgers IP&O 

    Theodore Elonis, Senior Director, Plants & Distribution, Rutgers IP&O 

    John Fritzen, Director, Facilities and Renovations, Rutgers IP&O 

    Christopher Hack, Director, Facilities Contract Services, Rutgers IP&O  

    Jessica Parineet, Graduate Student, Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, RU-NB

    Mark Rodgers, Assistant Professor, Rutgers Business School

    Mohsen Jafari, Professor and Department Chair, Industrial and Systems Engineering, School of Engineering, RU-NB 


  • Reduce direct (Scope 1) emissions associated with building facilities at least 20% by 2030. 

    • Retrofit less efficient buildings 

    • Install metering, monitoring and control systems

  • Eliminate emissions associated with electricity purchased off the grid (Scope 2) by 2030. 

    • Expand on-campus solar generation 

    • Procure off-campus zero-carbon electricity 

  • Eliminate direct (Scope 1) emissions associated with facilities by 2040. 

    • Phase out fossil natural gas heating and co-generation 

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