The winter break is fast approaching and we’re making a list and checking it twice – our seasonal shutdown checklist that is. With the College being closed for 10 days, we’re asking for your help to clean up and shut down before you leave for the holidays.
Over the break, the College’s major building systems will run in “Un-Occupied Mode”, which means lower temperatures and, in most cases, minimal ventilation. This will reduce our energy consumption, and our environmental footprint, while the College is shutdown. We can increase that impact by everyone doing their part to ensure unnecessary lights and electrical equipment are shut down.
So, before you dash away into the night, please go over the checklist below to help save energy and reduce our collective footprint at the College this holiday season.
SEASONAL SHUTDOWN CHECKLIST
Remove perishables and clean fridges
Collect, bag and dispose all garbage by December 21
AV Equipment, including Projectors
NOTE: Printers should be left ON, they’ll go into energy saving mode on their own.
Electronics items use standby (or phantom) power even when you aren’t using them, so where possible unplug these items.
Fridges (turn the temperature up on fridges that can’t be unplugged)
- Lab equipment: Together with your colleagues identify equipment that can be safely turned off, unplugged, or placed in standby mode over the break.
- Do a department walk-through to ensure valuables are secured; lock cabinets.
- Activate alarms if applicable before you leave.
- Set yourself a reminder in your calendar or on your phone (or even on a sticky note on the door) to remember to do your season shutdown checklist before you leave.
- Set yourself a reminder for when you return from holidays to plug needed items in or turn them on.
- Use this checklist for whenever you’ll be away for an extended period of time (long weekends, vacation, term breaks). When you book the time off in your calendar, add a reminder to do this as well with a link to this blogpost.
- Don’t forget to water plants and feed and water vermicomposting worms!
Energy and paper reduction are consistently listed as sustainability priorities by RRC staff, prompting the recent addition of a Resource Reduction Specialist (Whitney Crooks) to the Sustainability Office. Whitney is looking forward to working with all of you in the new year on identifying opportunities for reducing paper and plug load energy use on campus. Until then, have a safe and happy holiday!