Last semester, ACU entered a partnership with Cenergistic Energy Conservation Company to reduce energy usage on campus. The new energy conservation effort was projected to save ACU $6.4 million dollars over the next ten years. The money that would otherwise be spent paying utility bills will be used elsewhere to further ACU’s mission.
The new conservation initiative began with an energy audit. The energy audit aimed to point out areas where different buildings and departments can cut back on energy use– including the JMC Department housed in the Don Morris Center.
JMC Department adjusts to changes
Barb Bush-Lamming, Administrative Coordinator for the JMC Department, described the audit as “a departure from what we were doing, but we’re making it work.”
Barb explained that most of the visible effects of the audit are turning off the AC/heat system, computers, printers, and lights when people aren’t in the building. However, this is a bit of a problem because journalism and art students are notorious for occasionally staying in Don Morris until the a.m. hours working on art and media projects.
As a compromise, all of the computers in the two JMC labs are allowed to stay on. An earlier effort to turn off all of the lights in the hallways after 5:00 p.m. was also changed to allow students to safely complete schoolwork after-hours.
Unfortunately, any students who stay after midnight or come in before noon on the weekends will be feeling the heat– and later the cold. The A/C and heat will turn off in the labs at midnight on weekdays, turning on again at 6:00 a.m. On the weekends, the A/C and heat will only be on from noon to 8:00 p.m.
Joining the initiative
The ACU energy conservation effort will allow Wildcats to participate in saving money and power. Little acts such as unplugging devices or cutting down on the AC ca go a long way over time. Will you make an effort to conserve some green?