Energy conservation and sustainability are core values at Smith College. Although every effort is made by facilities management personnel to ensure the efficient use of energy, the ultimate success of any energy conservation program depends upon the individuals who consume energy. The choices you make have an impact at Smith, in the larger community, and on the world. Data shows that 89% of Smith’s carbon footprint comes from our buildings. You can help reduce our emissions and save energy by following these four guidelines:
- Heating/Cooling: If your room is too hot during winter or too cold during summer, please report the situation promptly to Facilities Management: https://smith.teamworkslive.com/. Opening windows to alleviate the problem isn’t a solution.
- Lighting: Use LEDs in all your light fixtures. LEDs use almost half the electricity and last 2.5 times longer than CFL light bulbs. Recycle any bulbs you replace in the appropriate bins on the lower level of the Campus Center
- Mini-refrigerators: Refrigerators are often the largest source of power consumption in student rooms. If you decide to bring one, please see the requirements here: http://www.smith.edu/sao/handbook/reslife/refrigerators.php
- Computers: Activate the power management system on your computer. For tips on how to do so, go to: https://www.energystar.gov/products/low_carbon_it_campaign/