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Action Needed: High Alert - Electricity Reduction Efforts for Friday, May 24, 2019

Due to increased electric prices at $.042 per kWh or $.036 above the normal operating price for Georgia College, and effective for Friday, May 24, 2019:

The campus community is urged to be aware of electricity usage in offices, labs, residence halls and other spaces, especially during the peak hours of 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.

In your respective areas of work or residence, turn off and/or unplug any item that will not be needed for immediate use. If you have access to windows, consider using the natural light. If you need light, please turn lights off when you leave your office or residence. Lighting, in particular, produces a double savings of electricity when it is turned off. If you have a thermostat in your area, set the temperature to 68 degrees F. Additionally, turn off/unplug computers, monitors, printers, copier machines, lab instruments and other equipment as you leave for the day. All of these activities will help tremendously.

The Office of Facilities Operations staff will conduct walkthroughs of key buildings on campus to turn off classroom and other unoccupied space lighting and individual AC units where possible and in unused spaces. Key buildings include Arts and Sciences, Centennial Center, Health Sciences, Kilpatrick, Parks Memorial, Peabody Auditorium, Russell Auditorium, Student Activities Center and the Wellness and Recreation Center. If Facilities Operations staff attempts to turn off lighting or heating equipment in areas where it is needed, please inform them of the need and they will gladly accommodate.

The Office of Sustainability and the Department of Facilities Operations thank everyone for your cooperation and understanding in this matter. When we work together to take basic steps to reduce energy consumption, we enable the university to save money that can be directed to more pressing needs which serve the academic, research and outreach mission.

We urge you to assist with communications by passing this information along to the campus community. If you have comments or questions, please do not hesitate to call/email the following contacts: 

Mark Duclos, Director of Facilities Operations, 478-445-6546,
Lori Strawder, Chief Sustainability Officer, 478-445-7016,

Lori Strawder
Chief Sustainability Officer
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