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Campus Goes Green With Campaign To Save Energy

Dec. 6, 2017
SHSU Media Contact: Emily Binetti

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Members of the Sam Houston State University community kicked off the Go Green campaign with a special event at the Piney Woods Residence Life facility. The campaign is designed to promote efficient energy use. Students are encouraged to save energy across campus through simple acts like turning off lights and adjusting the thermostat to recommended temperatures. gogreen 1

Students attending the event received t-shirts, posters and brochures with energy saving tips. SHSU’s mascot, Sammy Bearkat, was also on hand to provide a fun photo opportunity for students. The event had campus-wide support with multiple resident assistants in attendance, as well as Director of Residence Life Joellen Tipton, Assistant Director for Residential Hall Staff and Community Kyle Ashton, Associate Vice President for Facilities Management Juan Nunez and Vice President for Finance and Operations Carlos Hernandez.

SHSU has been proactively striving to save energy on campus for a number of years. The university first partnered with Entergy Texas, Inc. in 2009 and has been working to install high-efficiency equipment with the help of the Entergy Solutions Program.

SHSU is now participating in the Entergy Solutions Resource Management Services Measure, which helps organizations save energy and money by providing no-cost operational and behavioral improvement recommendations. SHSU also received assistance for the Go Green campaign through a fellowship program sponsored by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) Climate Corps project. 

“We’re excited to have had the assistance from the EDF program and the Entergy Texas Entergy Solutions program. Both have helped us launch the Go Green campaign to reduce energy use across our campus,” Hernandez said. “The steps we’re taking will result in financial savings on energy operating costs that the university will be able to use for saving energy and other initiatives that are important to this institution.”

The Entergy Solutions Program has saved Texas organizations over $611 million dollars based on the lifetime energy savings of equipment installed and total incentives earned by Texas commercial partners since the introduction of the program in 2008.

“We are very pleased to support SHSU in their commitment to conserve energy. Their efforts continue to significantly impact energy usage, create a better learning environment for students and engage the entire campus community in responsible energy use,” said Entergy Solutions Program Manager Mark Delavan.


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