During the month of November, we challenge members of the Lehigh community to be conscious of their energy consumption behaviors, to commit to adopting new energy saving behaviors, and to engage with peers and coworkers on the topic of energy conservation. This challenge is designed to reduce university-wide energy consumption leading into the cold dark winter months when lighting and heating is heavily used.
This year different offices and clubs will be holding events throughout the month of November to promote energy conservation. Check below to see the calendar showcasing all the upcoming events for this month!
To Sign The 2023 Energy Conservation Pledge click here!
2023 Energy Conservation Month Events:
Thursday, October 26th, 2023 from 5:00 - 6:00 PM | Located at STEPS 102
Hosted by Eco-Rep Leadership Program & the Office of Sustainability
Thursday, November 2nd, 2023 from 7:30-8:30 PM| Located at Taylor Gym 3rd Floor Studio
Hosted by Eco-Rep Leadership Program
Monday, November 13th, 2023 from 6:00-7:00 PM | Located at Office of Sustainability
Hosted by Swap Shop
Thursday, November 16th, 2023 from 4:30 - 6:00 PM | Located at HST 101
Hosted by Eco-Rep Leadership Program & Community Growers
Thursday, November 16th, 2023 from 12:00 - 1:00 PM | Located Online via Zoom
Hosted by Energy Systems Engineering
Thursday, November 30th, 2023 from 9:00 - 10:00 PM | Located at Lamberton Great Room
Hosted by Eco-Rep Leadership Program & Lehigh After Dark
Kill-A-Watt is an energy conservation competition between first-year residence halls. The dorm with the lowest average energy use per resident will win a prize!
During the competition, you can reduce your personal energy usage by doing things like turning off unused lights, unplugging idle electronics, and using the stairs instead of the elevator.
Want to know where you residence hall stands? Check out the Kill-A-Watt Competition Leaderboard which is updated every Friday!
First-year residence hall students can help their dorm reduce its energy use by doing things like:
- Turning off the lights
- Unplugging idle electronics
- Shutting down your computer
- Ensuring the windows are closed
- Washing clothes in cold water
- Opening refrigerator/freezer doors for shorter time periods
- Using task lighting instead of whole-room lighting
Lehigh's Commitments to Energy Conservation
Lehigh University has taken steps to address energy consumption and the resulting environmental and social impacts through a series of public commitments and policies:
Climate Action Strategy 2021: Establishes a 'Pathway to Zero' emissions to positively impact Lehigh's bottom line and achieve net carbon neutrality by 2040.
2009 Climate Commitment: Identifies eight key actions focused on measuring, monitoring and reducing energy consumption
Campus Sustainability Plan 2020: Energy & Climate section lays out short-term, intermediate, and long-term energy conservation goals
2014 Energy Policy: Describes individual actions, technical strategies and standards for managing and reducing energy consumption