The Office of Sustainability Initiatives is set to launch an Energy Conservation Campaign this Fall Semester, in an initiative targeted at fostering conscious energy savings and conscientious use of energy resources.
Director of Sustainability, Dr. Charles Reith, who explained the plan to key stakeholders in the university at a stakeholders’ meeting on Tuesday, August 6, said the program is aimed at “building a culture of energy stewardship.”
Dr. Reith, who pinpointed staff, faculty members, and students as primary targets to implement the campaign, added that the volunteer sustainability group, STARS Club, would also be involved, along with the AUN security guards. Experience, he said, has shown that “community participation in energy conservation programs can save up to 10 percent.” He added that it would foster a rewarding and galvanizing spirit in the student community.
AUN energy consultant, Michael Ameh, and Lillian Ayuk Tabe, the Outreach Manager for the Sustainability program, announced that the team had been working to characterize AUN’s energy pattern, identify conservation opportunities, and put forward energy-saving measures.
Mr. Ameh explained that before the September 6 rally, energy awareness stickers and posters encouraging responsible energy usage would be printed and placed around the campuses. There will also be a sustained follow-up promo through the Office of Communications, SGA and Office of Students Activities & Involvement.
Other elements in the campaign program include inter-residence hall competitions in energy saving and widely distributed fact sheets on energy and conservation.