Archive for October, 2009

Don’t Touch That Dial

Upon the recommendation of the University Sustainability Committee and with the approval of President Ruscio and the President’s Council, the University is embarking on a program to reduce energy consumption through temperature regulation in University facilities. The settings for all buildings will be 68 degrees maximum during the winter months and at 74 degrees minimum through the summer months.thermostat

 

Maintaining these temperatures will conserve energy, save money, and reduce the University’s carbon footprint. The success of this program depends on participation of all students, faculty and staff.  Please contact Facilities Managment at 8490 for more information about the policy o, if the temperature is exceedingly cold or hot in your space, to submit a work order.

‘Lectric Vehicles Seen on Campus!

The Facilities Management and ITS Departments as well as the University Mail Room are now using electric vehicles.  These vehicles are compact, extremely quiet and have no exhaust smell so they are great for on-campus use.  These low speed vehicles are ‘street legal’ on roads where the speed limit is no more than 35 MPH so they can also be used around town.  Even though they are not zero emission vehicles when pollution from electrical generation is factored in, they are more energy effecient and produce fewer greenhouse gases than petro powered vehicles.  Service costs are also lower since the vehicles are extremely simple.  For instance the brakes are regenereative – they produce electricity to recharge the batteries instead of using disposable brake pads.