As a whole, the University of Missouri uses a considerable amount of energy! Think of all the day to day operations that get undertaken here on the Mizzou campus: all the extensive research equipment, all the lighting and heat necessary to make comfortable learning happen and all the computing power necessary just to keep things afloat! With all these drains on power, it is no wonder that Mizzou’s energy consumption consistently tops one-hundred and fifty million kilowatt hours per year.

LEED on Campus

Mizzou has worked hard to cut their electricity consumption over the past ten years. Accomplishing this has, in part, been done by increasing the energy efficiency of buildings on the Mizzou campus. The trend in increasing energy efficiency is also impacted by the construction of new energy efficient LEED buildings on campus. Below is a graph illustrating the growth of LEED buildings across the MU campus. Among other benefits, LEED buildings are more energy efficient and contribute much less to both electricity consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

Stacked bar graph showing the steady increase of LEED and MU sustainable development guideline certified buildings on the MU campus.

Per-Capita Electricity Consumption

Comparing electricity use against campus population can give Mizzou students, faculty and staff a much more personalized look into how the Mizzou community as a whole consume energy on campus. A careful examination of the data presented below shows a fairly clear trend of energy consumption rising and falling with rises and falls in campus population.

Combo graph with bars representing campus electricity use and a line representing the campus population. The electricity used loosely fits the campus population.

Electric Use (kwhrs)
Campus Population
FY08 155,038,037 39,570
FY09 158,447,075 41,728
FY10 155,767,034 42,747
FY11 159,712,779 43,953
FY12 159,641,886 45,437
FY13 158,835,949 46,638
FY14 159,357,677 45,731
FY15 159,725,448 46,584
FY16 157,626,248 46,557
FY17 156,377,124 44,333
FY18 154,578,813 41,593


This final graph for per capita electricity consumption shows how throughout the years the MU campus population has overall decreased their individual electricity consumption until 2017 where the trend reverses. This means that since 2017, more electricity has been used per person on campus.

A line graph showing the amount of electricity consumed per capita at MU. The metric gradually decreased until 2016. From there the amount has steadily increased.

Electric Use (kwhrs) Campus Population
Kwhrs per capita
FY08 155,038,037 39,570 3918.070179
FY09 158,447,075 41,728 3797.140409
FY10 155,767,034 42,747 3643.929017
FY11 159,712,779 43,953 3633.717357
FY12 159,641,886 45,437 3513.477694
FY13 158,835,949 46,638 3405.719563
FY14 159,357,677 45,731 3484.6751
FY15 159,725,448 46,584 3428.761978
FY16 157,626,248 46,557 3385.661619
FY17 156,377,124 44,333 3527.330075
FY18 154,578,813 41,593 3716.462217


Electricity Consumption Based on Building Space

Another way to look more deeply into electricity consumption is to compare it against the gross square feet of building space on campus. The vast majority of electricity used on the MU campus is consumed within the confines of a building, so it makes sense that the more building space means more electricity consumption. Comparing electricity consumption to building space can also inform about the overall energy efficiency of buildings on campus.

Line graph showing how electricity consumption per gross square foot of building space has decreased since 2008.

Fiscal Year Annual Kilowatt Hours per Gross Square Foot of Building Space
FY08 11.793
FY09 12.002
FY10 11.166
FY11 11.365
FY12 11.276
FY13 11.202
FY14 11.239
FY15 11.100
FY16 11.011
FY17 10.848
FY18 10.556