Navigating the “Cobwebs” 102: Acting on a Year’s Worth of Energy Master Planning


Founded in 1795 as the first planned campus in the United States, Union College is a highly selective, private, residential, liberal arts and engineering college that is consistently ranked among the nation’s top institutions. Over the last several years, Union College has heavily focused on reducing its overall site energy consumption and carbon footprint through several initiatives. To effectively reach all energy efficiency, sustainability and carbon reduction goals, the College was in need of a comprehensive Energy Master Plan which that offered a holistic review of all energy consuming systems on campus.

The first phase and overall Master Plan project scope outline was presented by Mr. DeWein and Mr. Donovan at the 2018 WEEC. This presentation will provide an update on the Master Planning process and provide details on several of the action items that have been identified over the last year.

Presented By

Marc Donovan, LEED AP BD+C
Associate Director of Facilities, Utilities Management, and Construction
Union College

Marc Donovan, an alumnus of Union College is the Associate Director of Facilities, Utilities, Engineering and Construction management at Union College. Marc is responsible for the utilities procurement, cogeneration plant operation and overall energy consumption/management of the campus. Marc has been actively involved with driving energy efficiency and carbon footprint reductions on campus since he began working in his role at the College in 2012.  In addition to his duties as the engineer on campus, Marc is responsible for facilities budgets, construction management, and maintaining all campus infrastructure.  Currently, Union College is developing a campus energy masterplan that will tie together the many projects all-striving towards its reduction in energy and carbon emission on campus.