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We track our electricity and natural gas usage for each building on campus. This allows us to compare between buildings, fiscal years, and habitants. We are also able to see how successful our efficiency changes are!

Each year, we host a sustainability challenge called the Green Up Challenge where students can complete a daily challenge to earn points. Taking the successes we saw when the Kill-a-Watt Challenge was around, we also give residential halls points for reducing their overall energy use with tips like washing clothing on cold, taking shorter showers, unplugging cords not in use, and turning off lights.

Did you know?

The Green roofs on IDX Center and Perry Hall ease storm water runoff and regulate interior temperatures!

Get Involved in Saving Energy

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    Energy Vampires

    Turn off lights, electronics and appliances when they are not being used or if you leave the room for more than 5 minutes.

    Many appliances (TV, DVD, game consoles, stereos) and chargers use power even when they are not being used. To stop these appliances and chargers from stealing energy, plug them into a power strip and turn it off when not in use.

  • Right Out the Window

    DON’T open windows and doors to the outside in heated or air-conditioned rooms. DO put in a SchoolDude work order if you have a heating or cooling problem. For heating, set your thermostat to 68 or below to conserve energy.

  • LEDs Over Incandescent

    Use LED bulbs in place of incandescent bulbs. LEDs use up to 75% less energy and last 10 times longer. During the day take advantage of natural sunlight.

  • Give It a Break

    Unplug and defrost your fridge when leaving for an extended period of time such as winter break or spring break. Be sure to leave the door open so mold doesn’t form inside.