Energy conservation

Heat Trapping Windows at the Wellness Center from ECO Agency

   

 

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

With your support, the University can 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.

Green teleworking

We all know that by teleworking we are offsetting our commute pollution. However, working from home has its own carbon footprint. Here are five tips to make your remote work life greener:

  1. Minimize paper usage, or use Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified 30% recycled paper.

  2. Choose a laptop rather than a PC, and set it to start sleep mode after 10 minutes or less of inactivity.

  3. Use a smart strip to turn off all appliances at once, and visit your FPL Account Energy Manager for more tips.

  4. Apply to FPL Solar Together to run on solar energy without installing panels.

  5. Use the time you gained not commuting to take care of your health, the ones around you, and the planet. Spend more time planting in the garden, on your balcony, or cooking fresh food.

  6. There are so many ways to conserve water too. SImply follow Miami Dade County recommendations. Learn more.

 

Housing & Residence Life innovative energy efficiency technology

The app-based system uses occupancy sensors and intelligent thermostats to adjust a room’s temperature according to occupancy, eliminating the unnecessary heating and cooling of empty rooms. By intelligently controlling the temperature and plug loads in unoccupied rooms, this energy management system allows a residence hall to decrease equipment runtime and energy usage without a negative impact to occupant comfort.
Available only at Mahoney Pearson and Lakeside Village.
Learn more

CO2 Scrubbers
Poor indoor air quality and high HVAC energy consumption is always a challenge for high traffic buildings. UM installed HLRs-CO2 scrubbers on each floor of the 60,000-ft2 wellness facility at the Don Soffer Clinical Research Center to scrub air of contaminants and reduce the amount of outside air ventilation required, saving 28% more energy than in regular units.
Another CO2 scrubber was installed in the Richter Library on the Coral Gables campus in 2018 allowing for substantial indoor air quality improvement and energy savings. Learn more

Heat trapping window film at Mahoney Pearson
The university’s twin, seven story dormitory buildings achieved higher energy savings with the installation of heat trapping window film. The film also improve safety by reducing shattering in case a window breaks, and enhance comfort by reducing heat and glare. The University enjoys an estimated $6,500 in savings annually because of the increased energy efficiency of the Pearson and Mahoney residential college buildings. Learn more

Energy Conservation measures on the Coral Gables campus
Reducing electrical consumption has been our focus over the past 3 years. Significant energy conservation
improvements and activities during this period have included the following:

- In collaboration with UM IT, Facilities and Operations offers an IT energy saving program where all desktop computers are set on sleep mode. Extended to all PCs in all divisions of the main campus, this could save up to 15% of our energy consumption.
- Since 2016, the University passed a LED lighting mandate to phase out incandescent and CFL bulbs.
- Improved management of our Utility Plants CHW loop control strategies and set points to reduce the cost of Chilled Water production.
- Refrigerants upgrades to improve our chilled water loop system performance.
- Interior Lighting retrofit from T12 to T8 lamps with electronic ballast.
- Exterior LED lighting retrofits reducing wattage.
- Occupancy sensors in all buildings.
- BACnet EMS installation.
- Utility Plants upgrade of chiller to high performance energy efficient units to address additional load.
- High Efficiency Motor replacements.
- Campus wide efficiency setback of thermostats during campus break.
- Establishment of a campus Wide Set point of 74 Deg (+/- 1.5)
- On-going routine and preventive maintenance of building mechanical systems equipment to maximize
their efficiency.
- Consolidate off period activities into selected energy efficient buildings so less efficient buildings can be set to unoccupied status.
- Load shifting to off peak hours


Pilot Program: IT Energy Savings 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. 

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.

 

CORAL GABLES CAMPUS - SUMMER 2019 COMPETITION
The building having reached the most savings by July 31st will be invited to a special U Conserve Lunch!
Your goal will be to lower your monthly energy consumption from the previous year as shown on the third right side graph of your dashboard. The first graph shows your hourly consumption, the second one shows your daily consumption. Contact greenu@miami.edu if you have questions.
Contact greenu@miami.edu if you have questions. if you're not already a Facilities Liaison, be part of our Green Liaison program.
 
If possible, use natural day lighting and adjust window blinds accordingly, just like our AVP for Investments and Treasury, Charmel Maynard.

 

SUMMER 2018 U CONSERVE RESULTS

Congrats to Merrick, Dooly Memorial and the other 10 buildings who reached their U Conserve Energy target this summer. Special thanks to FPL, Lucid Energy Dashboards and MDC Water and Sewer Dpt for supporting this campaign.

Thanks to our sponsors Florida Power and Light and Lucid 
Here are our Survey winners:
Dacia Antonette Simpson - Classroom Management
Alicia Corral - Planning and Development
Daniel Medina - MBS Faculty 
   
Law Complex, Campo Sano, Lowe Museum and more... 

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This Summer break, Green U and Facilities Management are inviting all faculty and staff to support UM’s Energy Conservation Initiative.

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

• Turn off all lights, PCs, Office equipment and Electronics. This includes equipment chargers, copy machines and all other personal electronics.

• For Personal and office refrigerators: clean out contents, defrost and unplug prior to the break period.

• Review all offices, classrooms, labs, gyms, locker rooms, media centers, restrooms, cafeterias, kitchens and break rooms, and report to Facilities Customer Service for temperature adjustment.

• Shut the fume hood sash in labs.

• Ensure all exterior doors and windows are properly closed.

• Submit any requests for facility-related repairs on items that may impact energy usage to Facilities Management.

If your department has any continuity-of-service needs, and you are not sure exactly what to do, PLEASE CALL Facilities Management at 305-284-8282./ Medical: 305-243-6375