SUNY Plattsburgh's Earth Day Challenge Nets Five Percent Energy Reduction
The results are in.SUNY Plattsburgh's "Power Down Plattsburgh" challenge resulted in a five percent reduction in energy consumption on campus this Earth Day.Sponsored by the newly formed Campus Sustainability Task Force, the challenge asked all faculty, staff and students to find ways of conserving energy - turning off unneeded equipment, unplugging chargers when not in use and turning off lights.To measure results, the college's electric meters were read for a few days in a row and the kilowatt-hours compared. On Tuesday, the campus used 80,020 kwh. On Wednesday, Earth Day, this number dropped by 4,040 kwh to 75,980 kwh - a five percent reduction compared to the day before.
Sustainability Set as College PriorityThe Task Force's efforts are part of SUNY Plattsburgh's recently approved strategic plan for 2009-2012, which lists increasing the sustainability of the college as a priority.The plan states, in part, "SUNY Plattsburgh will improve its commitment to environmental conservation and sustainability through conservation and sustainability practices and procedures and curricular and co-curricular programs. These efforts will have tangible benefits that are important to the campus community and to the public."According to SUNY Plattsburgh Provost Jay Stein, these efforts "build on the college's rich history and legacy of environmental education, citizenship and stewardship."
Contact InformationFor more information, about the Campus Sustainability Task Force, please contact:Keith Tait
E-mail: [email protected]Lauren Eastwood
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