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Truman State University

Kirksville, MO

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Dating back to 1867, Truman State University’s beautiful 210-acre campus blends old and new with a mix of historic and contemporary red-brick buildings that provide modern living and learning facilities. Consistently ranked among the nation's best colleges in publications such as U.S. News & World Report, Consumers Digest, Princeton Review, and Kiplinger's, Truman is home to 6200 students along with 760 faculty and staff.


Like most universities, Truman is constantly seeking to maintain and improve its facilities. In any given year, the University can have around $2 million in deferred maintenance that needs to be addressed. Truman issued an RFP for a Guaranteed Energy Savings Project to help address those needs, and ultimately selected ESP as their partner.


ESP evaluated 25 of Truman’s 42 buildings based on which ones the University felt had the most need. The level 3 ASHRAE energy audit revealed nearly $14 million of potential improvements that the teams from ESP and Truman worked together to narrow down to a $10.5 million final scope. The comprehensive project addressed both academic and auxiliary buildings, and included a wide range of energy saving measures: lighting, plumbing, HVAC, controls, weatherization, steam systems and laboratory hood controls.


The resulting benefits to the University and surrounding community are numerous. The project is paid for via $1,000,000 in annual energy savings, so no taxpayer funds were required. Building comfort throughout campus has been improved, and specific improvements addressed issues at Pickler Library along with enhancing the safe research environment of University laboratories.

The University’s annual energy consumption has been reduced by nearly 7.5 million kWh, and 50,500 MCF of natural gas, which is equivalent to the electricity use of 1,310 homes for one year.

Truman’s annual carbon footprint has been reduced by 20,990,000 lbs of CO2, and now saves an amount of water annually that would fill nearly 14 Olympic-sized pools.

Project Snapshot

Truman State University
100 E. Normal Street
Kirksville , MO

Number of Buildings

Total Project Cost

Carbon Footprint Reduction
20,990,000 lbs of CO2e

Environmental Impact
Saves an amount of water annually that would fill nearly 14 Olympic-sized pools.


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Coleen Flathman Kent Clow Jeff Flathman Sue Hennahane Tim O’Kane