Campus Break Energy Conservation

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

UVic is once again planning for a 'green' holiday season break and we are asking your assistance in helping the university reduce its carbon footprint during holiday closure.  As part of our goal to make UVic a leader in sustainability, we've identified a number of actions to save energy and conserve resources.

During the holiday closure, temperatures in all major buildings will be reduced by a few degrees to 16C.  Exhaust fans, fume hoods and building lighting will be turned off where possible and after consultation by Facilities Management with researchers.  All staff are encouraged to ensure their computers, printers, copiers and other equipment in their work areas are turned off as well.  Temperatures in areas sensitive to temperature changes, such as animal care, etc., will not be reduced during this time.

We expect these simple strategies will reduce UVic's Greenhouse Gas emissions during the time period by 41 tonnes, substantially lowering our carbon footprint and our energy costs.

If you are working over the holiday break, please bring a sweater rather than plugging in a portable heater as they can be unsafe and negate the energy savings earned by turning down the heat.

We appreciate the efforts of the campus community to help us reduce energy waste on campus.

View / download Facilities Management Notice - Energy Conservation Memo