THIS SUCKS!. http://www.dragoart.com. Addressing vampire energy on university campuses. Trey McDonald, LEED AP, Sustainability Coordinator Jessica Trotman , Sustainability Outreach Specialist University of North Carolina at Greensboro. What is Vampire Energy?.
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THIS SUCKS! http://www.dragoart.com Addressing vampire energy on university campuses Trey McDonald, LEED AP, Sustainability Coordinator Jessica Trotman, Sustainability Outreach Specialist University of North Carolina at Greensboro
What is Vampire Energy? • Electricity used by devices even while switched “off.” • TVs, DVD players, gaming systems • Devices with clocks • Chargers • Computers • Avg. dorm room: 7 of these devices Avg. office: 4 • Makes up 5-15% of electrical consumption = several power plants • $100-200 per household; billions overall per year • Concomitant GHG emissions www.detectenergy.com http://ourdailygreenlife.blogspot.com
How do you combat Vampire Energy? • Power down when not in use • Smart power strips • Plug into power strip - off when not using • Unplug devices not being used • Computers – about 50% • Use power settings on computers • Work with IT to establish these • Lights • Turn out when leaving • Install occupancy sensors
Easier said than done! • Not convenient • People forget • Overwhelmed • Apathetic
How to make it a priority? • Raise awareness • Inform campus of the financial and environmental impacts: • e.g., at UNCG = $250,000 – 735,000 or 2050 – 6150 mtCO2e • Make it fun, creative, memorable • Goal is to build on this to create a campus culture
Vampire Energy Slayers! • Creative way to engage and educate students • Method to raise awareness with employees • Builds on popularity of vampires in today’s culture • Element of surprise
How it works: • Student volunteers walk through offices looking for instances of vampire energy • When found, a ticket is placed on the offending device. • Also include lighting • We encourage them to dress the part
Pilot program results • Mossman Bldg – 14% reduction (with other behavior based programs) • Anecdotal evidence as well.
Ongoing Challenges • Keeping a regular group of slayers • Keeping the message/tactic “fresh” • Addition to the program: Positive reinforcement • “Thank you” note and chocolate instead of ticket • Fac. Services staff play vital role • Training • Motivation • Piloted in spring
QUESTIONS? Contact us: Trey McDonald firstname.lastname@example.org Jessica Trotman email@example.com UNCG Sustainability Office: http://facsustainability.uncg.edu/ http://uncgsustainability.wordpress.com/