Energy Conservation, the Academic Break, and Winter Recess

Don Steeples, Vice Provost for Scholarly Support
Friday, November 16, 2007 9:21 AM
KU Lawrence Staff, Faculty and Affiliates

As Energy Awareness Week at KU draws to a close, I want to report some results of KU efforts to reduce energy consumption and to remind you of energy conservation plans for the Academic Break and Winter Recess.

Conservation Results: In partnership with Chevron Energy Solutions, conservation practices at KU-Lawrence in Fiscal Year 2006 helped reduce electricity use by 13,292,950 kilowatt hours (saving more than a half-million dollars) and natural gas consumption by 608,310 therms. In doing so, we lowered our carbon dioxide emissions by over 15,000 tons and saved enough electricity to power over 490 homes for one year.

Everyone at KU has a role to play in continuing to reduce our energy consumption and our impact on the environment. Please take a moment to learn more about what you can do to conserve energy by visiting

Academic Break: As in the past, we will undertake special conservation measures during the academic break. Temperatures in academic spaces across campus, including classrooms, class labs, lecture rooms, auditoria, etc., will be reduced to 55 degrees on Saturday, December 15, through Wednesday, January 16, 2008, wherever possible. Units that wish to reserve these spaces for special activities during this period should notify Facilities Operations so that the 55-degree set point can be overridden for the date(s) in question. Libraries and research space will not be affected.

Winter Recess: This year, the Winter Recess will begin on Saturday, December 22, 2007, and will extend through Tuesday, January 1. Monday, December 24, Tuesday, December 25, and Tuesday, January 1 are state holidays;. Some offices will close during this period. Buildings that house required services will be open from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on work days (December 26, 27, 28, and 31); temperatures will be set at 65 degrees during the work days and at 55 degrees after 5 p.m. on weekends and holidays (December 22 , 23, 24, 25, 29, 30, and January 1). Again, libraries and research space will not be affected. This office will provide more detailed information about planning for the Winter Recess later in the month.

Thank you for helping to conserve energy and move our campus towards a more sustainable future.

Don Steeples
Vice Provost for Scholarly Support

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