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The green vision of Technical University of Crete's Campus

Sifakis Nikolaos, Baradakis Efprepios, Psychis Spyros, Tsoutsos Theocharis

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Year 2019
Type of Item Book Chapter
Bibliographic Citation N. Sifakis, E. Baradakis, S. Psychis and T. Tsoutsos, "The green vision of Technical University of Crete's Campus," in Green Engineering for Campus Sustainability, A. Yaser, Ed. Singapore: Springer, 2019, pp. 19-33. doi: 10.1007/978-981-13-7260-5_3
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The global interest in green universities is growing as they can be used as a replicable example not only for Universities but, also, for communities, in general. Technical University of Crete (TUC)was established in 1977, near the city of Chania. Alongside with the increased number of students, the energy needs of the university are keen on increasing, as well. Some actions had to be taken to avoid getting into a dead end regarding energy expenses and the total allocated budget for such needs. As an attempt, they represent a confident effort of academic communities toward a sustainable, decarbonized and greenified culture. The first attempt of the greenifying of TUC took place in 2013, when the council adjudicated some crucial decisions toward sustainability. Various actions were planned to be taken and the results of them are being presented into this chapter. The first encouraged results indicate a, about 20%, reduction in energy consumption and therefore a thorough analysis of the results has been conducted which can be used as a useful tool in order reveal the process for future actions toward sustainability and green development.