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Western began its Energy Conservation Management Program (ECMP) in 2010 with the goal of increasing our energy efficiency through facilities management and personal engagement.
Western’s Facilities Department uses a building automation system (BAS) to automatically condition the air in all buildings. In 2017, Western integrated the BAS with the campus scheduling software, increasing our ability to heat and cool only occupied spaces.
Our ECMP encourages all Western staff and students to do what they can to reduce energy usage, such as turning off lights and equipment when not in use. During our college-wide shut downs (typically Thanksgiving break and the winter holiday break) the sustainability team performs an energy audit on every classroom, office, and common space at each of the seven Western Campuses. Auditors specifically check to make sure electrical equipment and appliances are turned off and unplugged and that blinds and shades are closed.
ECMP practices have resulted in significant utility savings and an impressive energy reduction impact.
How can you help us conserve energy?
- Shut down computers, turn off monitors, and close the blinds to the room (if applicable) at the end of the day.
- For the heating and cooling system to properly work, keep the doors to classrooms closed at all times.
- During longer breaks, like Thanksgiving and the winter holidays, please unplug and defrost refrigerators and unplug small appliances.
- If you have a concern about the temperature or humidity in your space, contact email@example.com.