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To read more about the sustainable practices at Winthrop University click on the individual topics listed above.  Each page contains general information about the various strategies implemented.  Clicking on the green highlighted items will link you to more detailed information.  


Sustainability & Energy . . .

 Winthrop's energy use . . .

Energy has been and continues to be an important part of contemporary society but addressing energy efficiency is becoming more critical. Winthrop has been actively investigating opportunities to improve its energy efficiency since approving its Energy Policy in 2009. Strategies implemented so far include upgrading campus lighting as well as presetting room temperatures to maximize efficiency during heating and cooling seasons.

Individual behaviors can significantly impact our ability to meet our goals and there are ways you can help. Winthrop’s utility bill for gas and electric for FY14 was approximately $3.3 million. If each faculty and staff member committed to reducing his or her energy use, significant cost savings could be realized not to mention the social and environmental benefits. Below are several saving strategies that can be implemented in any office and/or building. 

Turn off . . .

  • All lights when you are the last person leaving the room.  This reduces energy consumed thus lowering utility bills and carbon emitted.  
  • Overhead lights if your office or room has quality natural light.
  • All electronic equipment when not in use
  • Televisions and stereos when you leave your classroom, residence hall or office.
  • Screen savers - they are not needed.  A computer in sleep mode uses 87% less energy than a computer in screen-saver mode.  See HOW TO for setting screen saver options.
  • Reduce office lamp usage. Replace all light bulbs with CFL bulbs.  Use a desk lamp with compact fluorescent (CFL's) instead of turning on overhead lights.   Energy Star rated CFL's last longer and use 75% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs.
  • Check HVAC units to make sure they aren't running when they don't need to be. Monitors, copiers and printers at night and on weekends
  • Computers over the weekend. See IT's recommendations on page ten of the Faculty / Staff Technology Handbook.

Additional Energy Saving Measures for the Office . . .

  • Unplug all electrical equipment and any chargers when they are not in use.   "Energy Vampires" are appliances that are turned off but left plugged and continue to draw a small amount of "phantom power."
  • Set power saving setting to 15 min. or less.  See HOW TO for changing setting options.
  • One personal heater can use up to $100.00 annually. Therefore, personal heaters and fans are prohibited per the Energy Policy.  Dress for seasonal changes or keep a sweater in the office. 
  • Taking stairs instead of elevators saves a small amount of energy, but it will also burn calories.
  • Be sure all exterior doors and windows are closed during heating and cooling seasons.
  • Move furniture away from heat source to allow heat to flow into the office space.

For more detailed strategies, go to the Green Eagle Sustainability Certification, a comprehensive certification program that analyzes work place activities within the following categories: energy, materials and resources, transportation, indoor air quality, water, and social equity.

Section 48-52-620, Code of Laws of South Carolina, requires all state agencies, school districts and public colleges and universities to develop energy conservation plans to reduce their energy consumption by one percent annually during fiscal years 2009-2013 and by a total of a 20 percent reduction in energy use by 2020, as compared to 2000 levels.  An Energy Conservation Plan and a campus wide Energy Policy were developed by Winthrop's energy team; the Energy Policy was approved in 2009.  Both are a realistic and comprehensive document that identifies strategies to meet energy and water conservation and efficiency goals as significant issues for the entire campus community.

On average, there are approximately 7,400 people on our campus
each weekday. Winthrop’s annual utility bill is more than $3.2
million; this includes electricity, gas, oil, water, and sewer. If each
person practices each of the conservation strategies listed below, the
university could save $277,500 annually in energy costs, significantly
reduce carbon emissions, and save 2,768 acres of forest.



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