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Sustainability Program aims to reduce
Sustainability Program is working to reduce the financial and
environmental impact on the campus by advancing energy efficiency,
water conservation, green building and operations, waste reduction,
reuse and recycling.
Come to Wellness Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 16 in the
Children's Hospital lobby to find out more about MUSC’s efforts and how
each person could help achieve sustainability. A laptop computer will
be used to locate some great Web resources, and a small amount of free
office supplies from the ROSE Program (reusable office supplies), as
well as brochures, handouts, and a limited number of free coffee mugs
or T-shirts will be offered for those who answer a sustainability
Every student, faculty and staff member of MUSC is a vital part of the
program. Decisions are made every day by employees that determine the
sustainability of the organization. Here are several ways to make MUSC
Turn it off when not needed
- Always turn off lights in unoccupied rooms or areas such as
offices, break rooms and conference rooms.
- The person out of a common space such as a lobby or hallway
should turn off lights.
Turn it down when you can
- Turn off desk lights or other task lights when not needed.
- Use compact fluorescent bulbs instead of incandescent
- Many areas are over lit. Use multi-switching to turn off
part of the light if possible.
- Lights by windows often can be turned off during the day.
Tips for green computing
- Use task lighting, when appropriate, instead of lighting
the entire room.
- Do not leave the computer running overnight and on
weekends. Go to “Start,” “Shut Down.” If you have a LYNX machine, your
machine will turn on in the late evening to perform updates.
- Power off your monitor overnight and on weekends. Power off
your monitor when not in use during the day instead of using
- Purchase efficient ENERGY STAR products.
- Review document drafts and e-mails onscreen instead of
printing them out. When necessary to print, print on recycled-content
paper. Use the files in your e-mail program to save e-mails you want to
refer to later.
- Turn off or unplug all peripherals (scanners, speakers,
etc.) until they are to be used.
- Choose dark backgrounds for your screen display. Do not use
brightly-colored displays that consume more power.
- Do not turn on the printer until you are ready to print
- Reduce the light level in the room when working on the
- Use power strips to switch off all daily use equipment such
as coffee pots. Even when you think these products are off, their
“standby” consumption can be equivalent to that of a 75-watt or
100-watt light bulb burning continuously.
- Unplug appliances and chargers when not in use.
- Set your refrigerator temperature at 38 to 42 degrees
Fahrenheit. The freezer should be set between 0 and 5 degrees
Fahrenheit. Use the power-save switch if your refrigerator has one, and
make sure the door seals tightly.
Dress for energy savings
- Many new appliances use half of the energy than those from
20 years ago. Look for products with the Energy Star label, which
typically use about 20 percent to 40 percent less energy than other new
- Set your thermostat in the winter to 68 degrees or lower
during the daytime, and 55 degrees before leaving the office. During
the summer, set thermostats between 74 and 78 degrees.
- Dress comfortably for the weather. Adjust your clothing
layers before adjusting the thermostat.
- Avoid using space heaters or box fans.
- Make sure fume hoods are off and the covers are closed when
you are not using them.
- E-mail communications as an alternative to paper memos and
- Double-side copy when available. Use the blank side as
- Buy remanufactured toner cartridges. They are reused and
- Call companies to delete your name from unnecessary mailing
- Reuse office supplies such as paper clips, paper, manila
file folders, hanging file folders, and envelopes. Call 792-4119 if you
have good office supplies you would like recycled.
- Use durable coffee mugs, glasses or cups instead of
- Use the MUSC confidential on-site shredding service. If you
do not have a confidential paper recycling bin, call 792-4119 to make a
- Aluminum can recycling bins are in every building on
campus. If you need a new bin, call 792-4119 to request one.
- Recycle rechargeable batteries like Ni-Cad, Lithium Ion,
Lead Acid, and Ni-Mh by calling 792-4119 and requesting a collection.
Use less water
- Take trash out of boxes and break down all cardboard boxes.
The Housekeeping staff will recycle them.
- Report all leaking faucets and toilets to maintenance
immediately by calling 792-4119.
- Turn off faucets when not in use.
- If you have a dishwasher, make sure there is a full load
before you turn it on.
- When traveling for business, request no maid service until
you check out. Hanging the do-not-disturb card also works.
Editor's note: The preceding
column was brought to you on behalf of Health 1st. Striving to bring
various topics and representing numerous employee wellness
organizations and committees on campus, this weekly column seeks to
provide MUSC, MUHA and UMA employees with current and helpful
information concerning all aspects of health.
Friday, Jan. 11, 2008
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