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Reducing Our Energy Consumption

Climate change is one of the most significant problems facing life on Earth.  Our planet’s atmosphere and oceans are warming; sea levels are rising; and the global climate system has changed and continues to change.  According to the IPCC  (Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change), most of “the observed increase in globally averaged temperatures since the mid-20th century  is very likely due to the observed increase in anthropogenic greenhouse gas  concentrations.”

While we cannot stop the warming, we can and must act to slow it down.  One way to affect change is to reduce our emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG’s), i.e., to reduce our carbon footprint. While each of us can do so at home, we all can do so at FIT as well.

The college has made great strides over the past 6 years and has reduced its carbon emissions substantially, but more can be done.  We, the members of the Sustainability Council and the Faculty Senate Sustainability Committee, are asking all of the FIT community to help reduce our energy usage wherever and whenever possible.   Every effort helps.

How to reduce electricity consumption at FIT

  1. Put computers into sleep-mode whenever possible; turn them off on the weekends.

  2. Turn off projectors when not in use; especially before leaving a room.

  3. Turn-off classroom and office lights manually when leaving rooms - motion sensors take up to 20 - 30 minutes to turn-off the lights.

  4. Use daylight: many rooms have ample amount of light during the day and do not need additional electric lights on all the time.

  5. Unplug chargers and turn off electronic devices.

  6. Refrain from using space heaters and fans, or limit their use, and unplug them when leaving a room.

  7. Use scanners in the Library and keep photocopying and printing to a minimum.

  8. Instead of using elevator walk the stairs.

Have any additional ideas? Write your comments on Sustainability Council Blog: 

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