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Cut Back on Energy Use During Winter Break

Cornell is continuing its commitment to the environment by aggressively pursuing energy conservation measures whenever possible.  Energy-conserving decisions and behavior are key elements of the Cornell Climate Action Plan.  This includes temperature setbacks, shutting off lights in unoccupied buildings, and turning off office equipment that is not being used.  The Climate Action Plan goals are truly visionary, and will require input and action from every one of us. In order for this effort to be successful, Facilities Services need your continued help and cooperation.

The Winter Break setback settings are programmed into building controls will affect mainly classrooms, offices, and teaching labs.  Research labs and animal facilities are not included. Setbacks will be extended in classroom, teaching labs, dorms, athletic facilities, and dining facilities that are vacated from Tuesday, December 24, 2014 through Monday, January 5, 2015.

We are asking for help from you, the campus community, in conserving energy and water.  It is the responsibility of each building occupant to do the following items when leaving for the holiday break:

  • Close laboratory fume hoods and shut down non-essential lab equipment
  • Close windows and shut internal and external doors
  • Turn off all lights in your office or any shared area (such as conference rooms, kitchen/break rooms, restrooms, and classrooms)
  • Shutdown office equipment and unplug power cords from the outlets (computers, fax machines, printers, coffee makers etc.)
  • Do not use space heaters
  • Report any air or water leaks to the Facilities Customer Service Center (255-5322)

Last year, Cornell avoided over $140,000 in electric energy costs during the Winter Setbacks. The  colleges and units directly benefit from these avoided energy costs. This is your opportunity to lower energy costs for your college and/or unit.

Thank you for your support and have a great holiday break!

KyuJung Whang
Vice President, Facilities Services

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