"I think what is unique about Penn State’s dynamic efforts in sustainability is our holistic strategy. We are engaging the entire University, along with our external communities, in this exciting effort."
Dress for the weather. Dressing in layers allows for adjusting to various building temperatures.
Control your climate. Set the temperature in rooms to 70 degrees during the fall, winter, and spring seasons and to 75 degrees during the summer season.
Keep it closed. Rather than opening a window when a building seems too hot or cold for comfort, report the problem to OPP.
Get approval. If your room is too cold, please contact your R.A. or your commons housing office.
Use blinds to reduce uncomfortable office temperatures. Lower blinds during the day in the summer to block the sun. In the winter, lower blinds at night to keep heat inside.
Flick the switch to save electricity and money. Incandescent bulbs give off heat, so they should be turned off whenever you leave a room. Compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) should be turned off if you will be away for 15 minutes or longer.
Spotlight the action. Use task lighting — such as desk lamps — rather than overhead lighting whenever possible.
Let the sun shine in. If you can, sit near a window or open the shades and use natural light whenever possible.
Share: Reduce the number of appliances through shared use, such as a group using one refrigerator rather than each having their own.
Participate in Rideshare. The free service matches students with car and van pools. It's a great way to take weekend trips. Take the campus shuttle service around campus weekdays from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. The service is free.