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Take Charge of Saving Resources!

The Energy and Resource Conservation (E&RC) Program of Facilities Services is excited to announce the UTakeCharge Challenge pilot program! We're developing this new energy and water conservation program to engage The University of Texas at Austin campus community in practicing simple, daily conservation behaviors: turning off lights, powering down equipment not in use, adjusting thermostats to recommended ranges, shutting the sash on fume hoods, consolidating and regularly maintaining cold storage equipment, and saving water--to name a few.

While the impact of one individual may seem small, the overall result of multiplying conservation behavior across a campus of 70,000 people is HUGE! As stated in "Smarter Systems for a Greater UT," the university can reduce energy consumption by an estimated 3.5 percent through behavioral awareness programs.

How the UTakeCharge Challenge Works

The UTakeCharge Challenge (UTCC) takes a whole-building as well as individual approach to promoting resource-saving behaviors. E&RC's staff consists of seasoned demand-side energy management professionals (all Longhorn alums!), with decades of experience in both technical and behavioral conservation strategies. They will discuss identified opportunities with the building manager, conservation advocates, and other interested individuals or groups to develop and implement four to six conservation measures.

E&RC Energy Stewards and volunteer Conservation Champions in some buildings will work together to encourage occupants to pledge to practice the chosen conservation measures for their building.

Conservation Champions encouraged participation in the successful Longhorn Lights Out event on April 24, 2013. On an ongoing basis, they will promote and support turning off lights and equipment not in use in their areas or floors.

When and Where the Challenge Is Happening

The UTCC pilot is taking place between April 15 and May 31, 2013.

Participating buildings:

If you work or attend classes in one of these buildings, you can sign the online pledge and commit to taking action today!

Have comments? Questions? Interested in being a Conservation Champion?
E-mail your Energy Steward at energysteward@austin.utexas.edu. The stewards and the entire E&RC team look forward to working with you to make the pilot program a success.

Visit us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter (#UtakeChargeChallenge) at any time to find out what our Energy Stewards and others are doing to save energy and other resources. You can offer your comments, suggestions, and questions there, too!