Energy conservation

 

This Winter break, the Office of Sustainability and the Student Government ECO Board
are inviting all faculty, staff and students to support UM’s Energy Conservation Program.

With your support, the University can substantially reduce its carbon footprint during this semester break. Prior to leaving for the break, please take the following energy-saving measures:

  • Submit a temperature & occupancy setback request for any spaces that will be unoccupied during the entire break period. You can contact Facilities & Operations (F&O) at 305-284-8282 (Coral Gables); 305-421-4815 (RSMAS) or Submit a Service Request online // 305-243-6375 (Medical campus) or visit Miller School of Medicine Service Request online.
  • Turn off all the lights, PC monitors/accessories, office equipment and electronics. This includes equipment chargers, copy machines and all other personal electronics. Set your PC’s power saver mode active; Follow this link for instructions.
  • For personal and office refrigerators: clean out contents, defrost and unplug prior to the break period.
  • Review and report any offices, classrooms, labs, gyms, locker rooms, media centers, restrooms, cafeterias, kitchens and break rooms where a temperature adjustment or setback can be made.
  • Shut the fumehood sash in all labs.
  • Ensure all exterior doors and windows are properly closed. Contact Facilities & Operations with any issues that require corrective action.
  • Submit requests for facility-related repairs on items that may impact energy, water or occupancy usage.

If your department has any continuity-of-service needs, please call Facilities & Operations by Tuesday, December 10, at 305-284-8282 (Coral Gables); 305-421-4815 (RSMAS) or Submit a Service Request online  // 305-243-6375 (Medical campus) or visit Miller School of Medicine Service Request online.

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General Energy conservation tips

1. Set computer on sleep mode (here ). 
2. Turn electronics off on weekends to save energy. 
3. If possible, use natural day lighting and adjust window blinds accordingly. 
4. Turn off the lights when you leave. 
5. Set your AC thermostat on 74° F (default temp. for controlled units on campus). 
6. Set your AC unit on 78° F when you leave your space for the day.
7. Support this effort by reporting any energy or water waste to your Facilities Customer Service Department
8. Shut the fume hood sash in labs.
9. Ensure all exterior doors and windows are properly closed. Contact Facilities Management with any issues that require corrective action.
10. Take the stairs instead of the elevator
11. Follow the recommendations of our Summer and Winter Break Energy Conservation Alerts
12. Get rid of mini fridges or share with a neighbor.
13. Defrost refrigerators once a year.
14. Consider using a laptop, it uses 75% less energy than desktops.
15. Ask Facilities to install LED lighting in your area is still using incandescent bulbs or CFLs.
16. Verify that your copier is on Saving mode.

Signs toolkit:
- Download the Turn off the light stickers, print them on 5167 labels
- Download the Put your PC on Sleep Mode, print them on 5167 labels
- Download the Natural Daylight stickers, print them on 5163 labels
- Dowmload the Close the blinds stickers, print them on 5163 labels
- Download the Shut the Sash stickers, print them on 5163 labels.

 

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PILOT Program: IT ENERGY SAVING in collaboration with the EPA, UM IT and Facilities Management
Putting our computers on sleeping mode, provided that Cyber Security rules are thoroughly respected, could save UM a lot of energy and reduce our carbon footprint.