#daylighthour 2017!

Friday, June 16 at noon is #daylighthour at SUNY New Paltz where we’re turning off the lights and dedicating one hour to sun power!
How you can participate:
  1. Turn off the lights in your day-lit office for at least one hour, beginning at noon on Friday, June 16.
  2. Visit your neighbor’s day-lit office and remind him or her that it’s daylight hour time.
  3. Explore shared common spaces (ie. bathrooms, conference rooms, etc) around your office that can be turned off.
Did you know… We’ve been upgrading to high-efficiency LEDs across campus!  All exterior lighting has been converted to LEDs and the Office of Campus Sustainability is now focusing on interior lighting.  Coykendall, Humanities, Jacobson Faculty Tower, and Lecture Center are being converting to LEDs this summer.  These interior and exterior upgrades were funded in part by Central Hudson.  LEDs are now the campus standard for all design & construction projects and routine lamp replacement!  LeFevre Hall is all-LED and Bevier Hall will be all-LED when it is completed this summer.  LEDs are also the standard light bulb given to on campus residents at RA offices when their lamps burn out.
Why it’s important… Many offices have their lights on even when they are not needed. Spaces near exterior walls often receive enough daylight to work by, without the aid of electric lighting, but most often we leave the lights on anyway. This is a critical issue because the times when daylight is most available (weekday afternoons) coincides with peak demand – the time when our our society demands the most energy from the grid. This peak energy is the most expensive energy, and typically the dirtiest and most harmful to our global climate because the oldest, least efficient plants are brought online to meet this need.  Especially, during the heat of the summer on very hot days.
#daylighthour #npsocial #npgreen