PSU 20/20 Challenge – Sign Up by March 28

Green Teams must sign up by tomorrow; individual participants must be recruited and signed up by 8 a.m. March 31.

“The two-week 20/20 challenge, from March 31 to April 11, is designed to engage faculty and staff in learning new energy conservation practices (such as turning off lights, appliances and electronics). These small behavior changes, when performed collectively, can decrease Penn State’s environmental impact. Participating reduces energy waste, helping Penn State achieve its dual goals of a 20% reduction in overall energy usage over the next 10 years and a 35% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions (over 2005 levels) by 2020.”

  • Action 1: Turn off your office lights when leaving any unoccupied room
  • Action 2: Put your computer to “sleep” when not in use
  • Action 3: Put printers/copiers to sleep with the “save energy button” after use
  • Action 4: Take the stairs instead of the elevator (if you are able)
  • Action 5: Turn off coffee makers, microwaves and computers (if your IT staff allows) over the weekend
  • Action 6: Unplug those appliances/electronics with “phantom” electricity loads such as personal printers.

Additional actions:

  • Use natural light instead of a desk lamp
  • Replace incandescent with compact fluorescent bulbs in desk lamps
  • Use power-operated doors only when necessary
  • Over the weekend, try at least one of the actions at home

 

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