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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?.

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this sucks

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
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
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
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Easier said than done!

  • Not convenient
  • People forget
  • Overwhelmed
  • Apathetic
how to make it a priority
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
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
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
Pilot program results
  • Mossman Bldg – 14% reduction (with other behavior based programs)
  • Anecdotal evidence as well.
ongoing challenges
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
QUESTIONS?

Contact us:

Trey McDonald

rkmcdon@uncg.edu

Jessica Trotman

jgtrotma@uncg.edu

UNCG Sustainability Office:

http://facsustainability.uncg.edu/

http://uncgsustainability.wordpress.com/