'Turn Down the Lights' Effort Saves Energy

Thursday 29, 2018

The "Turn Down the Lights" campaign in several campus buildings held as part of Sustainability Week March 19-24 served as more than a reminder to reduce consumption. It also resulted in measurable energy savings. Kathy Richards, director of Facilities, said the five-day demonstration saved about $700, which would equate to $36,000 per year. Also, the 5,600 kilowatthours avoided during that period equates to the electricity needed to run NMU's Heating Plant for about three days.

The NMU EcoReps student organization coordinated Sustainability Week. Its "Turn Down the Lights" campaign included dimmed corridor lights and related promotional signs in the following buildings: Jamrich, Learning Resources Center, West Science, New Science Whitman, McClintock, Thomas Fine Arts, Forest Roberts Theatre, Services and Art and Design. Some areas of Jacobetti, Hedgcock, Gries and Cohodas also were included in the effort. 

Kristi Evans
News Director