I want to thank everyone for your participation in the Otter Tail Power Company Campus Energy Challenge. We are making progress in meeting our goal of reducing energy consumption on campus by 1.4 million kilowatt hours. However, we can do more. To do so everyone must be willing to make an effort every day to help the campus achieve that goal.
Many changes are already in place to save energy including replacing old lighting with new, calibrating meters to accurately record energy use, installing variable frequency drivers (VFD's) on large motors, and educating on how to conserve energy. These steps will help but won't be enough to make our goal.
Throughout October Residential Life has been conducting an energy challenge in the halls on campus with groups competing against each other to see who can conserve the most energy. I want to commend those who have been diligent in reducing energy use, but I want to encourage others to participate. The results haven't met expectations, but I know if everyone participates, we can change that.
The efforts to conserve energy must not be the responsibility of only the students living in the residence halls. It will take a concerted effort by all students, staff, and faculty to achieve our goal. Mention of the energy challenge in classes, turning off lights when leaving any room, lowering thermostats over the weekend and other unoccupied hours, and many other small things will make a real difference.
Energy conservation is everyone's responsibility. Your continued participation in the Otter Tail Campus Energy Challenge is appreciated. Together, let's achieve this goal and demonstrate the University of Minnesota, Crookston is a leader in energy conservation and sustainability in the community and surrounding region.
Charles H. Casey, DVM
University of Minnesota, Crookston