During Winter Break 2021 – 2022 the university will work to reduce campus energy use. Where possible, buildings will be put in the “unoccupied” mode, with temperatures set back to conserve energy.

This practice reduces energy use, energy expenses and greenhouse gases.

All residence halls will function as occupied.

Classrooms will be set to unoccupied from midnight on Thursday December 23, through 7:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 13, 2022. Any/All classroom/office used during this period must be coordinated with the Energy Controls Shop, (Rob Tritt) at  JRTritt@ship.edu.

All Athletic Facilities will be set to unoccupied, except as scheduled by the Athletic Department.

Offices will be set to unoccupied from 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 23 to 7:00 a.m. on Monday, January 3.  Employees who are not taking leave during this timeframe should contact the Energy Controls Shop (Rob Tritt at JRTritt@ship.edu). Certain portions of Old Main, the Child Care Center, Reed Operations Center, MCT 060 and 060C, the UPS Store, the University Bookstore, and Franklin Science laboratories will remain occupied. Employees in these areas can confirm status with Rob Tritt at JRTritt@ship.eduUNPLUG IT Program 

In addition to reducing room temperatures, we are also asking for your help with the “UNPLUG IT” program. Though it’s known by a laundry list of names – phantom load, idle current, vampire power and wall wart – this “phantom energy” sucks energy from the grid when you aren’t looking and don’t need it. Many gadgets, chargers, TVs, gaming consoles, electronic devices and appliances draw power even when they’re switched off or not in use, just by being plugged in, and though it may seem trivial, it adds up over timeIt accounts for more than 100 billion kilowatt-hours of annual U.S. electricity consumption – that’s more than $10 BILLION in energy costs! So PLEASE UNPLUG IT, before you leave!  

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Rusty Kugler at jwkugler@ship.edu, or at ext. 1486. Thanks, and Happy Holidays!