Save energy, save money, save the planet, one light switch at a time
What is Lights Off Cornell? • Lights Off is an energy conservation initiative which aims to reduce wasted electricity at Cornell by engaging student volunteers in turning off lights in buildings after hours. • Our mission is to reduce energy consumption on campus, and educate the Cornell Community about energy conservation.
How Students Get Involved Ways You Can Get Involved • Volunteering • Being on the Steering Committee • Taking the one credit Independent Study
Create a Profile • Go to lightsoff.cornell.edu • Indicate availability • Indicate partner preference • Profile schedules volunteering times and locations • Profile records personal achievements and total CO2 and Money saved
Volunteers in Action • Volunteers are sent in pairs to turn off lights in two buildings • Only the light switches that are turned off are recorded • One of the partners inputs the recorded data back onto the Lights Off website when they return home
Record the Data Use your smart phone to record as you go Keep track of data, later record online
How Much We Have Saved *Assuming electricity is $0.07 per kWh, and CO2 is .366kg per kWh. Data as of September 8, 2011.
Why Volunteer? • Fulfill community service hours in a quick, easy, and fun way • Bond with group members • Connect your group’s cause with energy conservation • Meet new students • Make a visible difference on campus • Be a part of the Energy Conservation Initiativeunder Cornell’s Climate Action Plan
SNES 4970: Lights Off Independent Study Course Requirements -Volunteering for Lights Off Cornell -Energy conservation research -Presentation -Research Paper Energy Conservation Outreach -Develop and deliver a community presentation on sustainability. Potential target audiences: schools, community groups, Cornell sustainability events, etc. -Hand in a draft of the community presentation for feedback from Professor Evans. Course Description Objective: Energy conservation outreach Course Instructor: Gary Evans General Information: -1 credit -S / U Grading System
Wilson Lab Before retrofit, lights were left on 24/7 Costs of retrofit were offset within months
Future Opportunities • Light bulb exchange • Home energy audit education for staff and faculty • Partnering with new Eco-Reps Program • Participation in Campus Conservation Nationals • Partnering with Cornell Organization for Resource Efficiency
Social Media • YouTube • Facebook page and group • Twitter
Remember… The cheapest and cleanest kilowatt hour is the one you never use
Contact Information • Katie Fink • Energy Conservation Intern • firstname.lastname@example.org • Lightsoff.cornell.edu • YouTube “Lights Off Cornell How To”