Welcome to the Virginia Tech's Award Winning Office of Energy and Sustainability
Winter break begins Dec. 24 and ends Jan. 2. The Office of Energy and Sustainability asks faculty and staff who will be leaving their offices for an extended period of time to help conserve energy by powering down.
Follow these easy tips while preparing to leave campus for the holiday:
- Turn off all lights including those in break rooms and bathrooms. These are commonly forgotten.
- Unplug space heaters before leaving. These items are some of the most intensive energy users in an office space.
- Unplug all computers, monitors, printers, microfridges, and other electronics and appliances in offices and common spaces. These will all draw energy even when they are powered down.
- Make sure all faucets are turned off and not leaking. A single leaky faucet can waste almost a full gallon of water each day.
- Close and lock all windows to keep the furnaces from working extra hard when you're gone.
Last year, we found that many Virginia Tech employees were willing to take these steps to decrease their energy use over winter break.Will you?
VT is a Leader in Campus Sustainability
The University Council approved the Virginia Tech Climate Action Commitment Revision 1 on May 6, 2013. View the memo. The original VTCAC was approved by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors on June 1, 2009. The University Council accepted our Sustainability Plan on Earth Day, April 22, 2009. View the plan.
Recent Sustainability Achievements
(Click the logos below to view more information about the VT STARS Report, Tree Campus USA certification, and the Princeton Review.)
The Office of Energy and Sustainability (OES) was established in accordance with the Virginia Tech Climate Action Commitment (VTCAC) Resolution and is responsible for monitoring energy usage and GHG emissions, overseeing the implementation of the VTCAC Resolution and the accompanying Sustainability Plan, coordinating programs for campus sustainability, and managing a campus wide student internship. OES routinely coordinates with other departments on sustainability-related activities including Housing and Residence Life, Dining Services, Transportation and Campus Services, Virginia Tech Electric Service, Environmental Health and Safety Services, and many others.
2013 Annual Report on Campus Sustainability
View highlights and the 2013 annual report.