Lights Out: Edinboro Unplugs for Energy Saving Contest

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Thursday, March 31st, 2016 at 12:56 PM
Lights Out: Edinboro Unplugs for Energy Saving Contest by Anna Ashcraft

Edinboro University is participating in the PASSHE Unplugged competition, which is an energy saving competition to see which school can use the least amount of energy.

Edinboro is participating along with eight other universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. From March 21 to April 11, the amount of energy used will be monitored and a winning school will be chosen at the end of the competition period. The schools competing are Bloomsburg, East Stroudsburg, Indiana, Lock Haven, Millersville, Shippensburg, Slippery Rock, Edinboro and West Chester.

Dr. Richard Lloyd, chairperson of the physics and technology department spoke about the competition and about how Edinboro got involved with it.

He said that Dr. Nathaniel Greene from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania told him about the competition. He had contacted Lloyd in order to invite Edinboro University to partake in the competition.

After this, Lloyd then approached the director of facilities, Michael Hilbert, to ask if he would be interested and was met with an enthusiastic response. Hilbert came “onboard immediately” with the idea.

To get more people informed about the competition, student clubs like CHAOS, SEED and the Physics and Astronomy Club were reached out to.

Administration spread the message, too.

“The administration was very helpful in making the competition visible to the wider community by sending out email notices and placing information on the Edinboro events calendar,” Lloyd said.

You can visit PASSHE Unplugged on Facebook and follow the progress of the competition.

As of March 24, Lock Haven University is in the lead, according to the event’s Facebook page.

Another recent post, said that all the schools were “in the green” for the first period. It mentioned that this may also be a result of Easter weekend.

“While it would be tempting to think our energy saving efforts are paying off, the more likely explanation is that most students left campus for Easter weekend,” the post read.

This post also noted that weather at certain universities can have an effect on how much energy is used.

Edinboro sent an email to all students telling them about the competition before it occurred. In the email it suggested that faculty, staff and students turn off all lights, computers, microwaves, coffee pots and TVs.

“It raises awareness of best practices in energy conservation and hopefully it will forge a community spirit of both involvement and investment in these issues,” Lloyd said.

“Of course there will also be a beneficial side effect in energy and cost savings as well,” he continued.

If you are interested in helping Edinboro become more efficient, do some research about energy saving, turn off your devices when not at home, and unplug items not in use.

Anna Ashcraft is the Managing Editor of Features for The Spectator.

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