Student Focus: HSU's Green Campus Program

April, 2017



Green Campus is a program under the Office of Sustainability at Humboldt State University  dedicated to reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions. Our goal is to increase sustainability awareness on campus through student-led initiatives—encouraging our peers to take part in events that will help them develop techniques to decrease their carbon footprint—such as Power Down HSU and Dorm Energy/Water Competitions. 

The Power Down HSU initiative aims to increase awareness of energy consumption and to reduce HSU’s energy footprint. On these days, engineers reduce the energy output of the university’s A/C, heaters and building lights. Professors are encouraged to join in by not using extra devices such as projectors or taking their class outside instead of using classroom energy. Last year, on one Power Down HSU day alone, HSU saved 3,554 kWh, $426, and 1,942 pounds of CO2 emissions! This year, Power Down HSU was  held on March 8 and another will be held on April 13 from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. 

Another event is the Dorm Energy Competition, taking place later this spring semester, which is designed to help students think more critically about their energy use in a fun way by having each dorm building compete against the others to see who can use the least energy. 

Green Campus provides a Green Workplace Assessment and Certification to increase HSU faculty and staff awareness regarding energy efficiency and sustainable practices that can be implemented in offices throughout campus. This program aims to create a balance between the workplace and the natural environment through energy improvements and behavior modification, and to motivate campus members to initiate innovative solutions to reduce campus-wide energy consumption. 

Green Campus also hosted an event called Green Speed-Networking on March 22. The concept is very similar to speed dating, except students met with professionals working in different areas of sustainability and were able to ask direct questions about their work and how they got there. The event provided the opportunity for professionals and students to create lasting relationships with the goal of bridging the gap between industry leaders
and students. 

For more information about Green Campus, contact Adriana, the Green Campus Team Lead, at [email protected].

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