Thanksgiving energy conservation plan detailed

Mississippi State University will implement its energy plan for the Thanksgiving holiday on Wednesday, Nov. 23.

Over the past few years, MSU faculty, staff and students working together have reduced the university's energy consumption by 33%, avoiding utility costs of approximately $16 million. As everyone prepares for the Thanksgiving break, Campus Operations asks each individual on campus to make an extra effort this year to help conserve natural and economic resources.

Reducing energy consumption not only saves money, it lowers greenhouse gas emissions and helps make Mississippi State a more sustainable and environmentally friendly campus.

There are several things you can do to help, and your efforts do make a difference.

When you leave work each day, please turn off computers, lights, radios, and any other energy-consuming devices. If you have trouble locating any switches, contact Facilities Management at 325-2005. Remember to check devices and equipment in out-of-the-way places and places for which no one has specifically-assigned individual responsibility, which may include classrooms, restrooms, storage closets, and so on.

For the holiday breaks, building managers and representatives should ensure that all interior and exterior lights are turned off.

The appropriate building representative should address heating and cooling settings for holiday breaks. Some buildings are centrally controlled by Facilities Management, which will implement the appropriate temperature setbacks. For technical reasons, temperature controls in some buildings should not be set back. In the remaining areas, the building representative should set the thermostat to the minimum setting, making sure that the system is not in cooling mode.

Buildings in the different categories are listed below. If you have questions about the temperature setbacks in your building, please contact Facilities Management.

Settings maintained by Facilities Management

No individual actions should be taken in these buildings:

Academic Advising Center, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Allen Hall, Ballew, Band and Choral Hall, Bowen, Hand (except labs), Herzer, Herzer sales store and processing, Briscoe, Bryan, Butler, CAVS, Chapel of Memories, Carpenter except 1st floor), Cooley, Davis Wade Stadium, Dorman, Dudy Noble stadium spaces, Etheredge, Florist, Freeman, Garner, Harned (except labs), George, Hilbun, Howell, Hill Poultry Science, Hunter Henry, Humphrey and Mize, Industrial Ed, ICET, Landscape Architecture, Lee (auditorium and ground floor), Lloyd Ricks Watson, McCarthy, McComas, McArthur, McCain, McCool, Magruder, Memorial, Mitchell Memorial Library, Montgomery, Moore, Music (A, B, and C), Newell-Grissom, Pace, Palmeiro, Patterson, Perry Cafeteria, Sanderson (partial), Seal M Club, Stafford, Shira, Simrall, SIMS/HPCC, Student Union, Swalm, Thompson, and T.K. Martin.

All athletics facility setbacks will be coordinated with Athletics personnel, and Housing personnel will coordinate all student housing setbacks.

Buildings in which thermostats should not be adjusted for holiday breaks

Due to the nature of their systems, adjusting to a lower temperature setting may initiate cooling and therefore no adjustments should be made for the break in these buildings:

Butler-Williams, Carpenter, Clay Lyle, Cobb, Evans, Giles Architecture, Hand (labs), Harned (labs), Herbert, Hill Poultry first floor, Hull, Industrial Ed, Lee, Rice, Scales, Simrall, Walker.

All other buildings

In all other buildings, building representatives should set the thermostat to the minimum setting, making sure that the system is not in cooling mode.

Campus Operations thanks you for your continuing efforts to enhance the university's energy conservation initiative, and wishes you a safe and happy Thanksgiving break.

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