Letter to the Editor,
Get Your Fleece On – SRU “Flaunt Your Fleece Fridays” Campaign begins November 1!
In March of this year, President Norton and Cabinet approved the SRU Energy Conservation Committee’s proposed “Flaunt Your Fleece” campaign. This campaign involves starting our standard “weekend setback” building temperature program one day early – at the end of the day each Thursday, instead of on Friday – to increase energy awareness and reap energy/environmental benefits when buildings are typically under-utilized on Fridays.
This means the interior building temperature in all academic and administrative buildings should drop by approximately 3 degrees F by Friday morning, compared to the temperatures maintained during normal occupied building hours. It’s estimated to save the University $10,000 in operating costs each year, and will reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by over 100 metric tons of CO2 annually – that’s equivalent to preserving 24 acres of pine forest that would absorb a similar amount of CO2 from the atmosphere. Maybe a small step, but every bit helps in achieving our goal of achieving carbon neutrality by the year 2037 and leaving a safer, healthier planet for future generations.
So: Get with the plan, and plan to throw on some fleece every Friday morning! If you want a chance to win a cool prize from the Office of Sustainability, post a selfie of you or your friends “wearing the fleece” to the Office’s Facebook page www.Facebook.com/SRUsustainability ! To help individuals improve their fleece wardrobe, the SGA bookstore is also offering 10 percent off fleece products Nov. 1, 8 and 15.