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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 & Frequently Asked Questions . . .

Does turning off fluorescent lights throughout the day shorten the life expectancy of the light fixture?

While turning on and off the fluorescent lights frequently can reduce the lamp's life, leaving the light on for extended periods of time will shorten the lamp's life too.   The role of thumb is if you plan to leave the room for more than 5 minutes, it is best to turn off the light to save energy.   Research shows that over the light's lifetime, the energy savings of turning off the light far outweighs the cost of replacing the lamp. 

How can I help to reduce energy consumption on campus (and in my personal life)?

Winthrop encourages energy efficiency through its Energy Conservation Plan and Policy.  The policy recommends that all faculty, staff, and students help reduce energy use by practicing the following requests:

  • Turn off all lights when leaving an empty classroom or office or when natural daylighting is available and adequate.

  • Turn off all computers, printers, scanners, TVs, stereos, bathroom and kitchen fans, etc. when they are not in use.

  • Unplug cell phone chargers when not in use.

  • Turn off computer screen savers - they are not required and use about as much energy as the computer itself.   

  • Consider walking, biking, roller skating to destinations instead of using a car or truck.

  • Personal heaters and fans are prohibited by Energy Policy.
  • Reduce office lamp usage. Replace light bulbs with CFL bulbs.
  • Be sure all exterior doors and windows are closed during he heating and cooling seasons.

  • Move furniture away from heat source to allow heat to flow into the office space.

Visit the US EPA, South Carolina Energy Office or your utility provider's website for additional resources about methods for reducing energy consumption.

How can I reduce the amount of paper I use on campus?

In general, think before you print.  Do not print email unless necessary; print on both sides of paper; communicate through email instead of paper memos; use the web page for class administration purposes; and, have assignments submitted electronically where possible.  Many forms on campus are now being converted to electronic submission.

How is dining services doing its part to be more sustainable?

Winthrop Dining Services is contracted through ARAMARK.  Special emphasis is given to sustainable initiatives. 

Is there a no-idling policy on campus?

Yes.  The Vehicle No Idling Policy applies to employees and students using personal or Winthrop University gasoline or diesel powered passenger vehicles and light trucks should turn them off if idling more than 30 seconds. Larger diesel vehicles operating under heavy load should be allowed to idle for 3 minutes to cool down. Vehicles should not be left running while unattended. The operator of the vehicle/equipment should turn off the unit and remove the keys from the ignition. Visitors to campus, including buses and contractor/vendor vehicles, are subject to the same policy as employees and students and will be asked to comply.


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