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Power Down 2010: Save Energy

December 21, 2010, Volume 57, No. 16

The Power Down Challenge is a series of campus-wide initiatives to reduce unnecessary electrical consumption and raise awareness about what each of us can do in our daily lives to help conserve energy. Electrical devices contribute significantly to Penn's carbon footprint, and many of these remain unnecessarily plugged into outlets, continuing to consume energy over the holiday weeks.

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to "Power Down and Unplug" their lights and appliances before leaving campus to help the University conserve energy and make progress toward its Climate Action Plan goal to reduce campus-wide energy use 17 percent by 2014.

What You Should Power Down and Unplug:

• Holiday Lights and other Decorative Lights

• Lights and Lamps

• Computer Monitors

• Laptop Computers, Chargers

• Televisions

• Phone Chargers

• Toasters, Coffee Makers

• Microwaves

• Other Kitchen Appliances

• Clock Radios

• Computer Speakers

• DVD and CD Players

Staff and faculty should check with their respective IT support team to coordinate unplugging or turning off computers, printers and fax machines since some offices may be scheduled for maintenance or upgrades over the break. Pledge to take the Power Down Challenge and find more energy conservation tips on the Penn Green Campus Partnership website at www.upenn.edu/sustainability/powerdown.html.


Almanac - December 21, 2010, Volume 57, No. 16