Last year, UNC's Morrison Residence Hall won the first EPA National Building Competition for energy conservation by reducing its energy consumption by 36%. Check back here for updates about this year's contest. Watch the following video from the EPA to learn more:
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Thursday, April 21, 2011
The Climate Problem
Climate change is one of the most significant challenges of our time. Projected impacts include sea level rise, increasingly severe storms, floods, and droughts, changes in agricultural patterns, changes in species ranges and migration of tropical pests poleward, increased average temperatures, ocean acidification, and poorer air quality. Modern civilization is causing climate change by burning fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and natural gas. This releases greenhouse gases, which trap infrared rays in the lower atmosphere, raising surface temperatures.
The Role of Energy Management
Energy efficiency measures and behavioral changes can significantly reduce the amount of energy we consume without compromising quality of life. For example, last year an Energy Management-led team won a national championship in the first EPA National Building Competition for reducing energy consumption at Morrison Residence Hall by 36% in one year! Morrison was part of a university-wide energy conservation program that saved more than $4 million in utility costs in its first year.
Last year, an Energy Management-led team won a national championship in the first EPA National Building Competition for reducing energy consumption at Morrison Residence Hall by 36% in one year! Morrison was part of a university-wide energy conservation program that saved more than $4 million in its first year.
There are many opportunities for students to become involved. Browse the energy conservation tips on this blog or check out the Energy Management website. Join one of the many environmental student groups. Attend relevant workshops, conferences, and guest lectures on campus. Apply for a DELTA energy internship through the Institute for the Environment. Explore the energy-related courses across UNC departments (see the list in the sidebar for ideas).