The energy it takes to power our lights, computers, refrigerators, televisions and telephones can easily be taken for granted on the user-end when all that is required for them to turn “on” is a simple button or a switch. Yet, it is important to remember where this energy comes from—often times it is non-renewable resources, such as the burning of fossil fuels. The United States alone uses about 25% of the world’s energy resources, yet less than 5%of the world’s population call the US home.1
Scottsdale Community College recognizes the importance of conserving energy, and is continually investigating measures to help improve its energy-efficiency and reduce its energy demand. Take a look at our current efforts below and the difference that they have made over the past two years!
The Film School Hub
The Film School Hub is a new, state-of-the-art LEED-Silver certified building in the northeast corner of SCC’s campus. This wonderful new resource for SCC Film School students was built to meet the US Green Building Council’s LEED standards for new constructions, upholding their energy and water-efficiency requirements and recycling any scrap materials during the building process. SCC is proud of the new opportunities the Film School Hub will offer our students with its new video editing stations and equipment, and all that it will do to help our campus save energy and water in the future.
SCC is currently working to install energy-saving light-occupancy sensors in classrooms, offices, and hallways in order to reduce unnecessary lighting across campus. The average building can spend as much as 29% of its energy on lighting, but the installation of light sensors has demonstrated an ability to reduce this use by up to 50%!2 SCC hopes to continue to expand its use of light sensors, and we can’t wait to see the energy savings it will bring!
Energy Star Appliances
Scottsdale Community College embraces a policy of Energy Star purchasing whenever feasible. Energy Star certified appliances such as refrigerators, air conditioners, and heaters, stand out in their reduced energy-consumption, and can really add up over time!
Testing the Temperatures
In the near future SCC will be piloting a district-wide effort to consolidate heating and cooling based upon expected occupancy of buildings. This effort will include temperature set-points based upon the season and work day hours, expanding the temperature range during set hours to reduce unnecessary heating and cooling when buildings are unoccupied. Preliminary studies throughout the district suggest these new measures will significantly reduce our temperature-related energy use all year round!