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What Everyone Can Do to Save Energy at ECC

There are many ways for students, staff and faculty to help ECC reduce energy waste and thus directly reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming. For example:

1. Lights

2. Heating and Cooling

3. Windows and Doors

4. Computers

5. Other Equipment

6. Complaints, Ideas, Suggestions Welcome!

ENERGY AND CLIMATE ACTION

city campusA major part of ECC’s environmental footprint is caused by the energy its campuses consume.  Most of ECC’s energy comes directly and indirectly from the burning of fossil fuels which cause global warming and climate change, acid rain, and other forms of air pollution such as ozone, smog, and particulates that cause respiratory illness.  Moreover, as the recent catastrophic BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico reminds us, further damage is done to the environment when fossil fuels are produced.  Besides impacts on water and air, the land is also destroyed by mining coal, a fuel which is burned in regional power plants. The gasoline that is consumed by campus vehicles and by commuters also contributes to our country’s foreign oil dependence and all the economic and political problems associated with it.  So for all these reasons and others it makes sense to conserve and use as little energy as possible and to examine ways to switch to more environmentally friendly energy sources like solar and wind. ECC is not only committed to energy efficiency but it is actively exploring the installation of clean energy technologies on its campuses along with clean energy job training programs for ECC students.

Click here for a list of ECC’s energy conservation projects.


ECC Energy Conservation Policies

Erie Community College is committed to conserving energy and improving energy efficiency to save money and to protect the environment.  To further this objective, ECC has established heating and cooling season building temperature policies to provide comfort conditions in support of the college’s educational mission while maintaining ECC’s energy conservation efforts.  These policies seek to balance customer service, cost-efficiency and environmental concerns. 

ECC’s Heating Policy

Room Temperature

The ECC heating policy calls for ECC facilities to be heated to 68-70 degrees during normal occupied hours.  During non-business or off-hours, temperatures may be allowed to drop as low as 55 degrees (though this temperature is rarely reached before heating is resumed). 

In implementing this policy, ECC facilities management seeks to make sure all spaces are as close to 68-70 degrees as possible without being less than that threshold. Heat generated by sunlight, equipment, etc. may result in higher localized temperatures.  In the absence of cold floors or drafts, temperatures in the 68 -- 70 degree range should be comfortable for most people who are dressed appropriate to the season.

Temperature readings are taken at the thermostat or desk level. 

To report over- or under-heating, please contact Tony Nesci, ECC Director of of Building and Grounds at nesci@ecc.edu or 851-1449.  Complaints will be responded to within 24 hours. 

Off-hours Heating

ECC’s heating policy states that ECC facilities management will utilize the most energy efficient means of supplying heat for approved off-hours heating requests.  This may mean temporarily providing occupants with portable space heaters.  As a conservation measure, facilities management seeks to minimize the use of central fan systems, consistent with the academic needs of the college.  Off-hours heating requests can be made by contacting Tony Nesci, ECC Director of Building and Grounds at nesci@ecc.edu or 851-1449.

Portable Heaters

Portable heaters may only be used if authorized by ECC facilities management.  These may be authorized when they are the most economical way of achieving temperature policy goals for occupied or off-hours operation consistent with safety.


ECC’s Air Conditioning Policy

Room Temperature

ECC’s air conditioning policy calls for ECC air conditioned facilities to be cooled to 74-76 degrees during normal occupied hours.  During off-hours, temperatures may rise above this level.

In implementing this policy, ECC facilities management seeks to ensure that all air conditioned spaces are as close to 74-76 degrees as possible without being higher than that threshold. 

Temperature readings are taken at the thermostat or desk level. 

To report over-cooling or under-cooling, please contact Tony Nesci, ECC Director of Building and Grounds at nesci@ecc.edu or 851-1449.  Complaints will be responded to within 24 hours. 

Off-hours Air Conditioning

During off-hours, air conditioning will be turned off unless required for academic purposes.  Off-hours cooling requests can be made by contacting ECC Director of Building and Grounds at nesci@ecc.edu.

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