At UMBC 20% of our energy comes from renewable clean energy, and we actively pursue opportunities to upgrades that reduce energy consumption. In 2007, President Hrabowski signed on to the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment and formed the Climate Change Task Force. We have calculated our emissions and developed a climate action plan along with our progress, published at http://rs.acupcc.org/
- Our commitment: Carbon Footprint and Climate Change Task Force
- Simple steps for all of us: conserving energy on campus
- Learn more about UMBC’s energy saving initiatives
- Take the Green Pledge & spread the word
- Join the Green Office Program
1. Flip it off: Turning off the lights when leaving any unoccupied space, event common rooms and especially when we leave for the day! Reducing, unplugging and shutting down electronics- both our own as well as any communal equipment not in use.
2. Let it rest: Setting our computer, laptop, printer, copier, fax, and any other electronics to sleep/hibernate after idle for a few minutes. Or using a plug in adapter that can automatically cut power at pre-set times. Learn How!
3. Dial Down: Following the heating and cooling guidelines to reduce energy loss! Temperatures are to be set to 70oF (winter) and 76oF (summer). Deviations lower than 68oF and higher than 78oF should be reported to work control 410-455-2550. Bringing space heaters is not permitted (fire hazard) and shutting windows and doors when heating or cooling is in effect. Learn more!
Flip off the lights
Across our campus we’re committed to taking the first step by turning off the lights in unoccupied spaces, whether they are our offices or dorms, conference rooms or classrooms. With the entire campus lit up all night, every night, it’s exciting to envision our potential reductions in emissions when we all act collectively.
Lighting Efficiency Upgrades Using a desk lamp or task lighting with energy efficient CFL or LED bulbs helps save energy, instead of using harsh overhead lights. Additionally, we have secured support from the MD Clean Energy Center to upgrade our a great deal of our lighting fixtures to compact florescent and LED bulbs to use less energy and last longer.
Across campus, we are updating our personal and communal computer settings to ensure energy doesn’t go to waste!
By setting your screen to simply darken after a few minutes, we can add up to some major reductions! Just follow this link for the Federal energy star program’s step by step guides for updating your computer settings!
Shut Down & Unplug
Any device with a light draws energy when plugged in. That means leaving cell phone chargers plugged in, monitors, printers copiers and fax machines all waste energy if left plugged in.
Across campus we retrieve that energy by taking the first step: we power down, unplug, and shut down every time. Now that we can rely on technology with quick restarts, we can all contribute to UMBC’s energy conservation efforts without losing time! |
When you turn off your lights, turn off everything else. One solution is to utilize power-strips so that you can turn off everything at once. Adapters can be plugged into outlets with timers so they can automatically cut energy at set times- such as nights and weekends.