What is the best way to save energy and help the University become a more sustainable
environment? A new video produced by the U of M includes energy-saving tips for the
office and for dorm rooms.
“There are a lot of simple things a person can do such as turning off lights and powering
down a computer that will help the University save money,” said U of M sustainability
committee member Greg Russell. “When the entire University takes part in activities
such as turning off lights when leaving a room for an extended time, the savings can
Heating and air is the largest energy expense at the U of M. Putting the thermostat
on 78 degrees in the summer and 68 degrees in the winter makes a tremendous difference
in the utility bill.
The University also urges that a computer be set to sleep mode after 10 minutes of
activity — screen savers don’t save energy but sleep mode does.
If you have a desk lamp, using a compact fluorescent light bulb can save 75 percent
in energy usage over what regular incandescent bulbs use.
To find out other ways to consume energy and make the University more sustainable,
search for “University of Memphis green tips” on YouTube.
Two (green) thumbs up: The University celebrated Earth Day a day early April 21 in
the Elma Roane Fieldhouse with numerous exhibitions, music, food and give-aways. The
event was moved from the TIGUrS garden to indoors because of the threat of rain. At
right, Green Team member Rachel Starks gives a thumbs-up as Campus School kids register
for a bike that was given away to promote sustainable-living practices. (Photo by