We all contribute to the greening of UB's campus. If you work here, follow these simple tips to make your office more sustainable.
Turn off your monitor and log off your computer. It's easy to turn off your monitor every time you leave your office for more than 20 minutes. Remember to log off your computer in the evening, as the Office of Technology Services does campuswide upgrades at night.
Turn off the lights. If you leave your office for more than five minutes, turn them off. Many of our offices now have sensors that automatically turn lights on and off.
Unplug any devices not in use. Plugged-in devices consume energy, even when you're not using them. Consider unplugging before vacations.
Use a power strip. Switching off a power strip allows you to turn off devices all at once. Turning off appliances is more efficient than leaving them in idle mode.
Use energy-efficient devices. Use Energy Star equipment; it pays for itself.
Be smart with your blinds. Block extreme heat or cold by closing your blinds. At normal temperatures, turn off the lights, open the blinds and allow natural sunlight to brighten your office.
Dress appropriately. If it's cold, put on an extra sweater. Avoid energy-hogging space heaters.
Reduce, reuse and recycle. Print less, use less, print in black and white, recycle what you can and use recycled items.
Take the stairs. Not the elevator.
Work together. Create a departmental sustainability plan.