Duke Building Energy Use Report (2019-2020)


How much energy do we use across campus, and can we find ways to reduce our consumption? The initiative for this project stems from a 2018 Duke Leadership Academy team project to develop a visual energy use report for business units throughout Duke University. This report will be modeled after the highly successful My Home reports that are sent monthly to Duke Energy’s residential customers, sparking conversations about energy usage and inspiring ideas for conservation.

Project Description

This Bass Connections project will create a report that illustrates the energy used within Duke University business units over time, contrasting each unit to itself over time or with similar units. The report will also include relevant information for unit leadership to take action, such as individualized action tips and data insights.

The aim is to help leaders across Duke University understand their energy use and take simple steps to reduce energy consumption.

The project team will establish a distribution strategy and method for monthly reports to get to all deans, business unit managers and facility managers across campus. Team members will also determine how to incorporate energy-saving “tips and tricks” into these monthly reports.

The team will review ways that the report can go beyond simple energy consumption tracking to become a broader sustainability report, tracking each department’s carbon emissions based on business travel and other carbon-related expenditure data. Finally, the team will produce a highly visual product that can be easily refreshed each month.

Anticipated Outputs

Graphical visual product that can be easily maintained; distribution network


Fall 2019 – Spring 2020

  • Fall 2019: Analyze and blend consumption and space utilization data; determine distribution targets; identify distribution channels and research listserv creation; finalize energy visualization and report structure
  • Spring 2020: Gradually expand participating business units; test additions of departmental travel/commute metrics to the report


Hazel Horvath

This Team in the News

Duke Moves Toward a Greener Future

How Much Energy Do Duke Campus Buildings Really Use?

See related Data+ summer project, Duke Building Energy Use Report (2019).

Duke Building Use Report.

Team Leaders

  • Jason Elliott, Duke Sustainability Program
  • Zachary Johnson, Sanford School of Public Policy
  • William Pizer, Sanford School of Public Policy

/graduate Team Members

  • Quentin Cui, Master of Environmental Management, Energy and Environment
  • Mingjie Zhao, Statistical Science - MS
  • Yuchen Zhu, Master of Environmental Management, Energy and Environment
  • Ziwei Zhu, Statistical Science - MS

/undergraduate Team Members

  • Hazel Horvath, Environmental Sci/Policy (AB), Global Health (AB2)
  • Joyce Huang
  • Sara Platek, Public Policy Studies (AB)
  • Carsten Pran
  • Thomas Wang, Economics (BS)

/yfaculty/staff Team Members

  • Tavey Capps, Duke Sustainability Program
  • Casey Collins, Duke Facilities Management
  • Dina Helderman, Divinity School
  • Wayne Miller, Duke Law
  • Brad Teague, Graduate School