Combined Our Team has come up with the 27 following ideas to make our areas more power smart: (scroll to the bottom to see the team)
1. Continue cycling to work into fall
2. Book a major meeting into a room with an instructor station instead of paper handouts to use the projector
3. Encourage selection committees to review resumes online rather than print them out
4. Compostable items for meetings (e.g. Summer Social)
5. Lights off, monitor off (Many of us didn’t usually turn it off as I thought a flat screen just didn’t use enough to bother but I turn it off now)
6. New CUPE T&D database eliminates paper applications and we are now working on the reporting from that system to eliminate printouts.
7. Already had a reusable coffee mug, but now also have a great soup bowl w/ lid for fetching soup from the cafeteria.
8. Tough to work in a windowless office with the lights off, but light does seep through from above through the common areas.
9. Turning off the lights in the office kitchen when leaving is a new habit that will stick, as is turning off the lights in unoccupied washrooms around campus (although they will probably cease to be ever unoccupied once term starts again).
10. Continuing to use my new commute vehicle (scooter), which costs me $20/month in (premium) gas, and saves me from driving the car.
11. Continuing to work with lights off even through winter. I will be bringing in a lamp from home to light up my office once the weather gets stormy.
12. Continue to use our office compost bin – making sure we separate the garage and things that can be recycled.
13. Continue to make my area more power smart by being more responsible to the ideas I’ve read about during the Power Quest Challenge. For example, turning off the lights when rooms are empty, dimming my office overhead lights, and turning off my monitor when not in use.
14. I’ve been reminded by the Power Quest challenge of my responsibility to help make the planet more environmentally friendly. For example, I have taken steps to ensure that I recycle used batteries and pens. I do recycle the more common day to day items but I am now more conscious of recycling things such as used batteries, paint, etc. I walk to and from work and I intend to continue walking even during the rainy season.
15. I usually trash 2 disposable coffee cups per day but now I have purchased a reusable stainless steel cup to replace the disposable cups. These things may seem insignificant but I feel my contribution is one step closer to helping the environment.
16. I will continue to work in natural light, bring in my own water bottle and coffee cup
17. I plan to improve our air quality by bringing in more plants in the office.
18. I have to drive to work so I now have a Green Car ( green car of the year 2011) I would love to ride a bike but that wouldn’t work when I need to leave to meet donors!
19. Ideas I have planned to implement to make my area more power smart.
20. I plan to transfer the majority of my paper documents into electronic documents and to completely eliminate that middle step of printing the documents
21. I plan to edit all my documents on screen instead of printing them out for review.
22. There are people out there that care about the environment and that there are so many ways to help save energy that I had never even considered before. Until this challenge I didn’t even know that there was a ban on bottled water. Way to go VIU! I also learnt that it’s very easy to get into the habit of saving electricity.
23. I will continue to turn my monitors off at night and any lengthy time I spend away from my desk
24. I will continue to use my reusable coffee cup for my coffees and my reusable water bottle for water.
25. I will continue to turn the lights off when I’m not in my work space (no natural light reaches my space so I can’t work without them)
26. I will continue to take the bus or walk when possible to do so.
27. I will continue to unplug my mobile charger when it’s not being used.