A key component of Georgetown's energy conservation efforts is a voluntary curtailment program that invites university employees to take individual actions that help Georgetown meet its goals of environmental stewardship and responsible community participation.
On summer days when temperatures climb above 90 degrees, Georgetown participates in a region-wide voluntary energy curtailment program to help stabilize the power grid and avoid brownouts in the DC Metro Area. Conserving energy on these peak usage days helps our local environment by avoiding the need for electricity providers to turn on more-polluting "peaker" power plants, and helps our community by reducing the strain on our electric grid and the risk for brownouts. As a major electricity customer, Georgetown University's response to these voluntary curtailments, through the actions of its individual employees, can make a large contribution to these goals.
On each curtailment day, Georgetown sends a notification to all faculty and staff, asking them to take simple actions to save energy, and to take a pledge for ongoing energy savign througout the year. In the program's first year, over 400 faculty and staff members made a pledge to save energy, demonstrating the commitment of our university community to helping save energy and create a sustainable campus.
HOW YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE
On voluntary energy curtailment days, we ask university employees to take the following actions:
- Inform Facilities Management if your space is over air-conditioned
- Leave your windows and doors closed when the air conditioning is running
- Adjust your window blinds to let in daylight but block heat from direct sunlight
- Turn off unnecessary lighting in your office
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator
- Put your computer to sleep and turn off your monitors when not in use
- Place your printers into low-power mode when not in use
- Share our “Top 10 Ways To Save” Poster in your office
Faculty and Staff can also demonstrate their commitment to these environmental and community goals by taking the Energy Conservation Pledge. Hundreds of faculty and staff have already committed to take some or all of these simple actions throughout the summer.
Resources for Georgetown Employees
To find out how you can help Georgetown save, check out the resources below, including a poster you can print (on recycled paper) and hang in your office to help motivate you and your coworkers:
Energy saving is not just for work! If you are interested in how you can save energy at home, the following resources offer good advice: