Oregon Model for Sustainable Development

The Office of Sustainability supported Campus Planning, Design, and Construction to establish the Oregon Model for Sustainable Development (OMSD). This first-of-its-kind policy, signed by then President Lariviere in July 2011, pledges to maintain energy use in campus buildings at 2011 levels. New development projects will be required to achieve an energy use threshold that is 35% more efficient than required by state code as well as LEED Gold certification. Energy demanded by new buildings will be offset through efficiency retrofits to older buildings, resulting in a netzero increase in campus energy use from new development.

To fund the OMSD, Campus Operations adopted a revolving loan fund. New construction projects will pay a share towards the costs of implementing energy savings measures in existing buildings via a Central Energy Fund (CEF). In doing so, new projects help offset the cost of achieving net-zero new energy use as the campus grows. Dollar savings from these energy savings projects are used to pay back the loan and and then re-invested to fund further improvements.

To encourage even more ambitious energy savings, new building projects can waive their responsibility to contribute to the Central Energy Fund if they achieve an additional 5% efficiency beyond the 35% OMSD goal. By aiming for such aggressive savings, eligible new construction projects can also apply for financial assistance from the CEF to offset the added up-front costs of cutting-edge energy design.