Student fees are on the rise, budgets are being slashed across the board and classes are steadily being shaved away.
With such menacing measures being taken to save money, “cleaner” methods of expense reduction are always welcome. But for these methods to take root, students and faculty need to be aware of and involved in saving energy so all buildings on campus can join conservation efforts.
One of these methods was highlighted last week when Kenan Residence Hall was recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency for its energy conservation efforts. Kenan recorded $8,000 in savings last year, or a 4 percent decrease in consumption, according to the EPA’s Energy Usage Index. Last year, Morrison won the EPA’s National Building Competition by saving over $200,000, cutting 36 percent of its energy consumption.
With UNC gaining national recognition in energy savings two years in a row, it’s clear that we have the innovation and means to save money through energy efficiency.
But Kenan is only an extension of UNC’s Energy Conservation Measures as a whole. Not all the methods used in Morrison, such as the solar panels, are applicable to other buildings. This is why similarly large savings haven’t been seen in other buildings.
Most buildings funded by the state have already been upgraded for energy efficiency, but the need for continued energy conservation lies in the buildings that haven’t been improved yet— 30 to 40 percent of buildings on campus.