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Colleagues to switch off to reduce carbon footprint

Dec 23, 2009

Colleagues are asked to switch off their computers, printers and lights before the Christmas vacation.

The University's commitment to Energy - one of our six themes - extends to a responsibility to reduce our carbon footprint by taking such energy-saving measures over this break and throughout the year generally.

Two years ago, a similar energy-saving exercise in just one University building showed a saving of 23 per cent on its usual energy usage.

Keith Barnes, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Partnerships and Development) and Strategic Leadership Team champion for sustainability, said: "With each of us switching off the electrical equipment we use each day and turning off the lights in our areas, we can significantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions."

All colleagues are asked to take responsibility for their own equipment and rooms to ensure that everything is shut down and switched off. This includes turning off all standby red lights which show when the appliance is still consuming energy.

Keith added: "With over 30 buildings on campus and just under 3,000 colleagues - if we ensure power switch offs at the end of each day - we can really make a difference to the issues facing the planet."

The official closure of the University will be at 1pm on Thursday 24 December. Further details of closure procedures can be accessed at: http://intranet.estates.salford.ac.uk/admindocs/Christmas_Closure.pdf