The S.E.E.D. Initiative

Friday Night Lights resumes TONIGHT!

Did you know that more than 1/3 of the energy used is by people in their homes? Did you know that if every home in America replaced just one traditional light bulb with an energy efficient bulb, we would save enough energy to light more than 3 million homes for a year? This would prevent about 9 BILLION pounds of greenhouse gases from being pumped into the atmosphere per year, which is equivalent to the emissions of about 800,000 cars.

Other energy facts:
• A typical PC left on all the time produces 0.8 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually.
• A laser printer operating without a standby facility will use $24 of electrical energy per year.
• Switching off vending machines at nights and weekends reduces carbon dioxide emissions by 1 ton annually per machine.
• A photocopier left on overnight uses enough energy to make 5,300 photocopies

Do you want to help curb UT’s (and ultimately your) contribution? Come to Friday Night Lights on Friday January 11th! Friday Night Lights is a group of student volunteers dedicated to helping UT conserve energy by turning off lights in academic buildings on Friday nights. In addition to helping to conserve energy and save money, members have the opportunity to earn service hours that may be able to be applied to other groups, fraternities, sororities, etc. Volunteers meet at 6:30PM outside the Student Union’s South Dining Hall. This Friday will be the start of a weekly campaign!

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is Brooke Mason, Sustainability Specialist for The University of Toledo, manages the Rocket Recycling program for over 100 buildings on three campuses with a staff of one non-student and six student employees. She is also responsible for the greenhouse gas inventory and the Climate Action Plan, which guide the University toward climate neutrality. Brooke is highly involved in sustainability education and outreach towards students including advising the Environmental Sustainability Living Learning Community, Society for Environmental Education, and UT’s Student Green Fund. She runs other student sustainability programs including Rockets Recycle: Green Tailgating, Friday Night Lights, RecycleMania, Campus Conservation Nationals, BlackoUT, and the Give & Go: Move Out program. Brooke has earned her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Policy & Sustainability Management from Bowling Green State University and is currently working on her Masters in Engineering at UT. She also sits on the Stewardship Committee for the Black Swamp Conservancy.
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The University of Toledo’s SEED Initiative, housed within but not limited to Facilities & Construction, focuses on Sustainability, Energy Efficiency, and Design to ensure the University is operating in a manner that betters our neighbors, economy, and planet. Through environmental sustainability projects, energy conservation measures, innovative building renovation and design, and a comprehensive educational campaign, SEED commits itself to leaving behind a better planet than when we started.

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