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SAIC Unplugged

Flip it, pull it, and push it to win SAIC Unplugged, a new campus-wide energy reduction competition launching February 1.

The competition, one of several initiatives of Instructional Resources and Facilities Management, challenges students, faculty, and staff to reduce their energy use in support of the Second Nature Carbon Commitment. The academic building and residence hall with the greatest percentage of energy reduction compared to typical use will win a building-wide celebration and a year of bragging rights.

Commit now to these five easy behaviors that further reduce SAIC’s greenhouse gas emissions and resulting impact on climate:

1. Plug all electronics into a power strip and switch off the power strip when you are done using them.
2. Plug small kitchen appliances into a power strip and switch it off when you leave for the day.
3. Turn off the lights when you leave a space, even if it is a timed or occupancy light.
4. Turn off the projector after you are done using it.
5. Unplug rechargeable electronics once they are fully charged.

Everyone has the power to make a difference with these simple actions.

SAIC is already reducing greenhouse gas emissions through operational advances. Though we are progressive in these changes, as exemplified by our commitment to Retrofit Chicago, we also acknowledge that the behavior of individuals has a significant cumulative impact on our environment.

Share your energy reduction actions through social media using #SAICUnplugged. Follow Sustainable SAIC on Facebook and look at This Week at SAIC for weekly rankings.