In an effort to conserve energy over the winter holiday period, Facilities & Campus Services will implement our annual temperature setback program for academic and administrative buildings starting Friday, December 22 at approximately 5pm. The setback program will maintain building temperatures at a minimum of 55°F during the holiday period. Facilities & Campus Services intends to have all buildings at 70°F by the time employees arrive at work on January 2.
This temperature setback program significantly reduces energy consumption on campus. Through this program, the University has saved over $300,000 and 2,300 metric tons of carbon emissions over the past eight years.
We are asking for help from the campus community in conserving energy during Winter Break. It is the responsibility of each building occupant to do the following before leaving:
- Turn off all lights and shut off all office equipment when you leave for break. This includes computers, monitors, printers, copiers, coffee makers, etc.
- Close all office and classroom doors. Make sure all operable windows are closed as well.
- Lower and close blinds, if applicable.
- Remove all perishables from refrigerators and increase the temperature to the maximum setting possible.
Thank you for supporting this effort to save energy during the holidays! Please note that students, faculty, and staff who intend to visit or work on campus during the holiday period are advised to dress appropriately for the cooler conditions.