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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 Library Plaza to learn how they can support UTMB’s extensive conservation efforts.  Earth Day 2010.
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The University of Texas Medical Branch is committed to a policy of efficient energy management, environmental excellence, and resource conservation. 

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 click here.

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 conservation.

 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 conditions.

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.




  Ben Raimer, M.D.

April 28, 2006 

Dear Fellow UTMB Employees: 

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, including:

  • 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 home
  • 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 Energy.

 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, where appropriate.  

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 it professional.

As an institution, UTMB continues to work on long-term solutions to energy conservation. Recycling, solar panel lighting, commuter van pools, and a four-phase

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 to:  

  • 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 budget. 


Ben G. Raimer, M.D.






Date Posted: 04/09/2010

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