UO Resource Conservation Brochure - RC_Brochure.pdf
Education is an important tool in reducing our impact. With new challenges in
energy and water use, resource conservation education is playing an important
role in creating individual awareness. By challenging people to use less and
educating them on their impact, like with recycling, small changes have big
results. Here are some ideas on how to implement resource conservation education
at a university. Additionally, below you will see samples of educational tools
to assist in this area.
- Make a logo(s).
- List of 10 things you can do
to reduce Campus Environmental Impact...make a 1/2 sheet flier and send
to all campus departments ask them to post information.
- Make conservation stickers "
Use Wisely": apply as needed to printers, copy machines, light switches
and over water faucets.
- Use sticker designs for banners,
post around campus in strategic spots.
- Use sticker designs for ads in the paper.
- Do advertising on campus radio station to remind
- Put energy tips/factoids in faculty/staff newsletter.
- Get student paper to cover global energy issue and also do some focus
on what your college is doing and what people can do to help.
- Make sure to have news article feature impacts of use and how conservation
- Make and install light
- You can make plastic no
glue stick-on decals for areas you are concerned about cleaning. These
work great on mirrors.
- Make and distribute table tents in food service areas, on library tables
with factoids and what you can do to help reduce the impact.
- Make decals or posters and put them on the back of toilet stalls.
- Factoid signs
by elevators and building entrances.
- Promote positive things that are being done on a public level, for example:
"This exit sign is run by a compact fluorescent which uses (x)% less energy
then a incandescent bulb"
- Make stickers for computer monitors
that say: Use wisely, every watt counts. Help conserve energy, shut off
monitor, printer, computer and log off when not in use. Thanx for conserving!
- Create a general campus brochure about resource conservation at your
school; distribute in all new employee and student packets.
- Make portable displays/posters for around campus.
- Do regular factoids on university main front page of web.
- Make an energy use webpage for people to see how much energy the university
uses and list how individual actions can help. Noting facts is good.
- Write up a "class rap" to send to all professors and ask them to read
it in class OR have an intern go around to all classes and give a short
rap on the issue of resource use and conservation.
- Have class or hire students to walk around campus and shut off lights
and computer monitors. They can wear t-shirts to explain what they're
doing. Incorporate placement of decals on light switches etc.into this
- Create a "Report
Wasted Energy" decal and put in all classrooms and departments. Let
folks out there tell you where energy is being wasted. Some of this will
get handled through maintenance and reduce energy use.
- Send conservation info, updates to all department contacts.
- Create a listserve
of on-campus staff for contacts.
- Have an energy person go to each department meeting and talk about things
an individual can do and also explain how to heat and cool areas in resource
efficient manner. This will give folks a chance to ask questions and work
as a team to reduce energy such as use of space heaters and air conditioners.
- Break down myths. For example: people think that computers have energy
saving devices so why shut off a computer? Because even on low energy,
the computer is still drawing energy. Shutting it off reduces the energy
use to a trickle.
- Get support from the President of the University. Have them send out
a "directive" on energy use, especially limiting abuse of energy system
(leaving heat on high all weekend for one person to come in for 2 hours!)
- Do regular tabling in public areas. Talk to local utility and see if
there's anything they can contribute such as displays coupons or free
low watt light bulbs, any rebates etc....or even sell light bulbs at cost?
- Do a survey of campus and students; find out what they're thinking.
- On campus where people are working out, find ways to tap into that energy.
For example: make all the exercise bikes power themselves!
- Turn down ALL campus hot water heaters.
- Educate but also innovate. Make conservation the rule not the exception.
(i.e. lock out hot water cycle on all campus washing machines).
- If you can do it, work with your work unit to have one closed workday
- Create incentives for people to ride their bikes (giveaways, reduced
- Get the word out. Make logo decals and posters and put them all over
the place. Like recycling, the symbol is a good way to reach many people!
- Enter or create energy competitions in the residence halls or campus wide
- Get a Dashboard program that is available on campus for people to view the campus energy use and stats.
OTHER WAYS UNIVERSITIES CAN REDUCE ENERGY USE
- Form a Resource Conservation team of facilities managers and designate someone
to do education
- Increased maintenance especially on leaking systems...this can greatly
reduce energy leakage
- Work with local utility on grants for surge protectors, sensors, LED and CFL lighting projects
- Exit lighting project to reduce lighting impact (installing LED's)
- Look at LED technology and establish long term campus lighting plan
- Have a lighting crew rotate out fluorescent bulbs on an annual basis
- Install low user sensors on vending machines
- Evaluate possible easy solutions to heating and cooling such as adding
shades, planting trees etc ... Designate an energy representative to attend
department meetings to explain to them how to maximize their cooling and
heating through use of open and closing windows.... Instead of turning
heat up or turning on air conditioning
- Energy education to get folks to help by turning off computers etc.
- Have a crew of work study students go around all day long and shut off
- Enlist campus community to report wasted energy (like leaks and over
- Include resource conservation information in all new student and employee orientation
You can also see Photographic
Recyclable Materials Signs
(to put on switches and equipment)
Decals for Mirrors
Information for Students and Staff
Ten Things You Can Do To Reduce UO's Environmental
Report Wasted Energy and Water
Contact Facilities Services at 346-2293 to report any drips or lights
Reduce Paper Use
Do not print large quantities of web pages, report drafts, or class notes.
Reuse bags, envelopes, and scrap
paper. Make double-sided copies, use route slips,
and electronic communication when possible.
Turn Off Lights When Not In Use
Buy fluorescent desk lamps and replacement
bulbs instead of incandescent or halogen ones.
Turn Off Monitor When Not In Office Or Room
Turn off computer when not in use. Buy energy efficient computer equipment
with the Energy Star label (available at http://www.energystar.gov).
Buy Products Containing Recycled Material
So we can recycle the products we buy!
Bike, Walk, Carpool, Or Take The Bus
Remember, LTD is FREE to the UO Community... Just show your UO
When washing your hands, use only enough water to wet your hands and rinse
off the soap. Turn off the faucet in between these times. Every drop counts!
Regulate Your Own Temperature
Dress appropriately for the season. Wear sweaters during winter instead
of turning up thermostats and using space heaters. Use energy wisely!
Avoid Disposable Products
Use a refillable mug (available at the UO Zero Waste Program). Reuse shopping bags
(or buy a canvas one). Select products with reduced and recyclable packaging.
Recycle Your Used Materials
Paper, cardboard, and beverage containers can be recycled in designated
sites around the UO campus.
Thank you for conserving resources
and recycling at the University of Oregon!