Facilities Services

Current Actions:

  • Completed greenhouse gas emissions inventory.

  • Computerized energy/temperature management system: Provides temperature sensors in over 500 indoor locations throughout campus, allows for rapid, precise control of temperatures of temperatures from a remote location.

  • Energy Management Policy: Identifies building temperatures set-points, hours of operation, prohibition of space heaters, encouragement of alternatives to incandescent bulbs.

  • Lighting systems upgrades.

  • Higher efficiency lighting estimated to have been retrofitted to 98% of the campus.

  • LED lighting system installed in common areas of Denbigh Hall.

  • All exit signs on campus use LEDs, a 90% energy reduction compared to incandescent fixtures.

  • Purchase Energy Star appliances when feasible.

  • Reduced number of transformers used for power distribution on campus.

  • Variable frequency drives installed in fans and pumps to reduce energy consumption in HVAC systems by matching output to demand.

  • Nine buildings have had their boilers replaced with more efficient heat sources.

  • Ward Building (Facilities Services) built to LEED Silver standard.

  • Energy Diet Month: Annual inter-dorm competition to reduce energy use.

  • Major boilers for heating systems have dual capability-can switch between natural gas and #2 fuel oil consumption to optimize energy costs or emissions.

  • Natural gas-powered emergency generators for energy use provide longer running time and cleaner emissions than the diesel powered units they replaced.

Campus Energy Use Policies:

The following conservation policies are being put in to effect immediately with the dual purpose of reducing both our operating expenses and carbon footprint:

  • Heat will be turned on across campus once we are experiencing sustained nighttime temperatures of 40°F or less with projected continuing trends in that range. This is a guideline that will be used along with common sense dictated by specific weather patterns and operational necessity.

  • The target temperature range for all spaces during the heating season is 67-69°F.

  • Between the hours of 9:00AM and 4:00PM Monday through Friday during the heating season, the target temperature range in all the dorms will be set back to 65-67°F.

  • The use of electric personal space heaters on campus is not permitted. Any exceptions to this policy must be requested through and approved by Facilities Services.

  • In general purpose buildings, air conditioning will be turned on once we are experiencing sustain daytime temperatures above 80°F, with projected continuing trends in that range. This is a guideline that will be used along with common sense dictated by specific weather patterns and operational necessity.

  • The target temperature range for all air-conditioned spaces during the cooling season is 72-75°F.

  • All members of the College Community are encouraged to manually turn off lights in all spaces when they are not in use. This would include individual offices, classrooms, restrooms, dorm living rooms, and other common use areas where switches are available. Questions regarding the wisdom of following this practice in specific areas on campus can be addressed to Facilities Services.

  • Transition all incandescent lamp-style light bulbs are not permitted on campus. Any exceptions to this policy must be requested through and approved by Facilities Services. (Students, faculty, and staff can exchange incandescent bulbs for compact fluorescent bulbs at Facilities Services.)

  • Power to all computers, monitors, printers and other personal use electronic equipment should be completely turned off at the end of each workday, except where required to support uninterruptible operations.

For more information see the Facilities Services website: Facilities Services

 

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