UNCG is making changes that will help in conserving energy – plus will result in saving money. Those working this winter after-hours or on a weekend may want to have a sweater on hand, so they can stay warm and comfortable at all times.
Chancellor Linda P. Brady explains the changes in this message:
November 9, 2011
TO: The Campus Community
FROM: Linda Brady
RE: Sustainability Standards of Comfort and Energy reduction goal
UNCG is required by General Statutes to reduce our energy consumption by 30% on or before 2015, from a fiscal year 2002-03 base line. In addition, the UNC System Sustainability Policy (600.6.1) requires us to achieve climate neutrality by 2050 at the latest. On Sustainability Day, October 26, 2011, I signed the American College and University President’ s Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) strengthening our commitment to Sustainability. At the same event, I announced a 5% energy reduction goal for the current fiscal year. Achieving this goal will be the equivalent of removing 1220 passenger vehicles from the road for an entire year and will result in a financial savings of approximately $300,000 for the year.
In keeping with UNCG’s strategic plan value of Sustainability, the university is developing strategies to meet the legislated mandated energy reduction, to reduce our carbon footprint, and conserve our very limited financial resources. These strategies will likely challenge the current thinking and perception of how we use energy on campus and they will require that we to adapt our behavior and expectations.
It is estimated that buildings consume approximately 39% of the energy and 74% of the electricity produced in the United States, therefore energy reduction in buildings is an imperative step in the energy conservation journey.
As other universities have done, I am announcing the adoption of a Standards of Comfort Policy that establish heating and cooling parameters as well as occupancy hours for occupied space in buildings. A copy of the policy can be found at http://www.uncg.edu/ppo/UNCG_Standards_of_Comfort.pdf.
The Facilities Operations department is responsible for leading the implementation of the Standards of Comfort Policy. Representatives from the Facilities Operations department will meet with campus department representatives during the next several weeks to review the policy requirements and any special circumstances.
Changes in our approach to the university’s use of energy will help us save our very limited financial resources, significantly impact our energy consumption and greenhouse emissions, and respond to our sustainability value and strategic plan. For these reasons, I encourage you to support these efforts.