In the fall of 2012, the university piloted the development of building energy teams, which work with the Office of Sustainability and the university’s Energy Manager to assess data compiled through building energy audits and identify energy conservation strategies for their respective buildings. The building-specific teams are made up of students, faculty and staff and are not only tasked with identifying energy conservation opportunities, but also encourage and empower fellow building occupants to conserve energy and spread the word about the university’s energy conservation goals and accomplishments.
The Fox School of Business and the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management Energy Team was tasked with identifying energy conservation opportunities within Alter and Speakman halls. Energy conservation measures identified and implemented include:
- Light bulb exchange program;
- Installation of energy conservation prompts (such as light switch decals);
- Pilot of smart power strips;
- Installation of plug load management devices;
- Pilot of more energy efficient overhead light bulbs;
- Weekly energy tips sent through the school listserv;
- School-wide outreach campaign.
A desk lamp incentive program was also launched at Fox School of Business in response to a faculty and staff preference to utilize daylighting instead of overhead lighting. The school will reimburse faculty and staff members for $25 that is spent on a desk lamp and provide a CFL bulb for the lamp.
Presser, Tomlinson, Rock, Annenberg, and Sullivan halls also join Alter and Speakman on the list of buildings monitored by Energy Teams.