UTMB Earth Day Celebration
Friday, April 23, 2010
10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Moody Medical Library Plaza
The UTMB Conservation Initiatives has a rich history of
celebrating its accomplishments during the annual Earth Day
event on campus. Marking its eighteenth year, the 2010 event
will focus on the conservation efforts we apply during daily
operations. UTMB is dedicated to conserving and preserving our
environment. Employees from across campus and the neighboring
community will be invited to Earth Day Celebration at the
Plaza to learn how they can
support UTMB’s extensive conservation efforts.
an idea for saving energy or recycling on campus?
here to make a suggestion.
RESOURCE CONSERVATION POLICY
The University of Texas Medical
Branch is committed to a policy of efficient energy
management, environmental excellence, and resource
As such, all UTMB buildings and
facilities will be operated in an energy efficient manner
while maintaining the quality of patient care, education or
research. To see how your building is doing
UTMB ‘s Facilities Operations and
Management department will maintain a
Resource Conservation Guideline
to guide employees and set expectations of energy
management, recycling, environmental awareness, and resource
Building workspace temperatures will
be allowed to fluctuate between 72 -76 degrees in cooling
season and 68-72 degrees in heating season. UTMB entity
leaders will approve exceptions to the above space operating
Where possible, air conditioning and heating equipment
will be set back during evenings, weekends, and holidays,
for varying periods, except where it would adversely affect
occupied or critical space requiring specific climate
control. Entity leaders will approve exceptions.
Portable electric heaters are not to be used. Where
possible, employees will dress for comfort within their work
environment, and in accordance with departmental Policy.
No personal workspace equipment ( i.e. computers, radios,
fans, etc ) should be turned on until it is needed, and
should not be left on unattended.
Implementation, education, and
enforcement of this policy is a department responsibility.
The Facilities Operations and Management department will be
available to assist in this effort and provide educational
as well as performance information
FOAM will measure the effectiveness of this policy, and
report the results to entity leaders.
Conservation calls and questions should be directed to
dial “POWER” 76937.
Hot and cold calls should go to 21586.
April 28, 2006
Dear Fellow UTMB
Spring has sprung and summer is not far
behind. With the rising temperatures come increased
electricity bills as we try to keep our homes and work
environments comfortable for living and working. Just as you
have likely seen a increase in energy costs for your home,
UTMB is experiencing a dramatic increase in energy expenses
on campus. In fact, more than 2 percent of UTMB’s total $1.4
billion budget (about $30 million) is likely to be expended
this year on necessary energy to run the hospitals, clinics,
schools and the remainder of the UTMB campus.
That’s a lot of money. But there are
ways that you and I can help the institution save on its
electric bill, and as the chief officer for recycling and
conservation at UTMB, I am asking you to join me in doing
our part to save energy.
Most of us are aware of simple steps
you can take to reduce electricity costs in your home,
- Get an AC tune up and change your
air filters frequently
- Clean the outside condensing unit
on your AC
- Set the thermostat at 78 degrees
- Install solar screens or solar
tint on your windows
- Plant trees and shrubs around your
- Replace incandescent bulbs with
compact fluorescent bulbs
- Insulate your attic
Likewise, there are simple solutions
that can help to decrease energy consumption in hospitals,
offices and classroom settings, like these from Reliant
Turn things off. Turn off the
lights when you leave a room. Turn off your computer when it
is not in use or place it in “sleep mode” during long
periods of inactivity. Every 1,000 kilowatts saved equals
$70-$100 in cost savings. Don’t forget about copiers,
scanners, fax machines and radios.
Turn things down. If it can’t
be turned off completely, then turn it down. Keep the
temperature in frequently unoccupied rooms warmer in the
summer and cooler in the winter. Dim the lights in hallways,
Check for airflow. If there is
little airflow when you hold your hand up to the air
register, it may be time to call maintenance to check or
clean the ductwork.
Dress for comfort. Dress for
the comfort of your work environment, but remember to keep
As an institution, UTMB continues to
work on long-term solutions to energy conservation.
Recycling, solar panel lighting, commuter van pools, and a
energy retrofit that included
high-efficiency lighting, power factor correction,
water-conservation equipment, boiler economizers, low-nox
burners, new chillers and remodeled cooling towers, continue
to reduce consumption and save costs.
A little belt-tightening can go a long
way toward shrinking UTMB’s energy costs. A goal of reducing
UTMB’s energy consumption by 5 percent would be equivalent
- The amount of electrical energy
required to run 600 homes
- Taking 1,163 cars of the highways
- Saving 44 acres of trees
I hope you will join in exercising a
little common sense to help trim the fat from our energy
Ben G. Raimer, M.D.