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!
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:
Sustainability Strategic Plan 2030: Climate Action focus area outlines short, intermediate, and long-term energy effficiency, energy conservation, and renewable energy goals.
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
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.
New to the competition this year is an online Energy Dashboard and Kill-A-Watt Competition Leaderboard which is updated every Friday at 10am.
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
- Using stairs instead of elevators
- Opening refrigerator/freezer doors for shorter time periods
- Using task lighting instead of whole-room lighting