Energy Services & Sustainability

Rev Campus Challenge Award Emblem.

Energy Services and Sustainability is responsible for the production, distribution and efficient use of the campus' energy and utility needs. We have 60 staff that work 24 hours a day, seven days a week providing reliable, efficient, cost effective, environmentally friendly utilities.



Energy Services and Sustainability generates and distributes chilled water, heating hot water, steam and electric power to the University and Medical Center.


We maintain the University's internal distribution and collection systems for domestic water, fire water, natural gas, storm water and sanitary sewer.


We operate and maintain multiple energy control and data analytic systems to provide safe and comfortable environments within all University owned buildings.


Energy Services and Sustainability also monitors and processes all energy and water bills for all University properties.

Central Utilities Plant Steam Chillers


Central Plant

Our central plant produces chilled water, electric power, steam and hot water on a continuous basis. It houses five steam boilers and four steam driven chillers. We have 25 megawatts of cogeneration capacity using two steam turbine generators. The central plant has been in operation since the 1920's.

Chiller Plant

Our mid campus chiller plant, constructed in 2008 and expanded in 2014, produces chilled water with five electric driven chillers.

Electric Substations

We operate and maintain two electric substations that receive power from the local utility and distribute both 11,500-volt and 4,160-volt electrical power. Our newest electric substation on Kendrick Road was recently completed in 2015.

For more information about the histories of our buildings, see Professor Morris Pierce's website.


Mike Whitmore

Mike Whitmore, Director
P: (585) 273-4704

Matt Faulks

Rich Stein

Nikolai Terpak

Tim Vann

John Welch

Paul Wollke

Rachel Stuckey

Amy Kadrie

Documents and Forms


Yes. We are happy to provide tours of the plant to groups of 6 to 12 people. Tours last about one hour and are available weekdays between 8am and 3pm by appointment only. Contact Jill Chudyk or Richard Gardner. Note that to tour the plant you must be able to walk, climb stairs and follow English verbal directions.

Yes. We frequently have student employees or full time co-op students. Keep an eye for jobs posted in the student employment website and/or send us your resume and describe why you would like to work with us. We enjoy working with students. Please note that we are only able to hire one or two at a time.

If you are on an official UR network or using VPN, you can access the public portals for building energy information. If you need more information, contact Energy Services and Sustainability and explain your needs and we will try to help you.

Everyone who has a legitimate business or academic need can have a personal account in the EMIS. Before you request an account, however please look at the public portals and see if they satisfy your needs. If you have a onetime or short-term request for energy data, it may be simpler to request the data instead of setting up an account.

Energy Services and Sustainability appreciates suggestions and ideas from the University community concerning conservation of energy on campus. Please send us an email to tell them your ideas.

Contact Richard Stein or Don Steltz to explain your need and they will facilitate your access if appropriate.

Yes, but we do not accept unexpected visitors or solicitations. Before you visit the CUP, you must have an employee sponsor. You are required to sign our log and follow all directions upon arrival.

We only have three visitor parking spaces available at the Central Utility Plant and these spaces are occupied a large percentage of time. Expected visitors can park in these spaces if they are available. After parking, obtain a temporary parking permit from the office assistant in the plant office and place in your windshield. Return the pass before leaving. Contact your Energy Services and Sustainability employee sponsor for parking directions.

Contactors who are performing work related to the CUP may park in the "gravel lot" behind the Central Utility Plant. This space is limited and available parking here is not guaranteed. Do not park in this lot if you plan to work somewhere else on campus. Parking in the gravel lot must be preapproved by Energy Services and Sustainability. Anyone parking there without permission is subject to being ticketed and/or towed.