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Conserve Energy – Setting Peak Demand

If you haven’t seen the email from Energy Management regarding energy conservation over the next few days, here is a quick overview:

City Utilities will be looking at the amount of energy we use now through Wednesday, August 27th.

They will then use this number to plan for how much energy we will use for the rest of the school year. This will tell them how much we must pay for demand – regardless of how much energy we actually end up using.

While it is important to always conserve energy, it is especially important over the next several days so that we are not overcharged for our high demand during this hot weather.

Here are some tips on how to conserve energy:

  • Turn off/unplug all electrical equipment and appliances that are not in use.
  • When leaving your office/classroom, turn off lights and computers.
  • Turn up the thermostats in those spaces where they are accessible.
  • Secure all windows and close shades, blinds and/or curtains.

This information was provided by MSU Energy Management, see below for the original notices that were sent out.

For more information, visit the Energy Management Website or contact EnergyManagement@MissouriState.edu

August 21, 2014


To all Springfield Campus faculty, staff and students –

Since we are experiencing the highest outdoor temperatures of the season, the campus annual electrical demand rates will likely be set for the entire year sometime today through Wednesday of next week.  The combination of students back for the Fall Semester and the extreme high temperatures will cause the electrical consumption to peak and therefore determine what electrical capacity City Utilities must plan for our campus throughout the entire year.  This establishes the minimum we must pay through the next 10 months for the demand portion of the electric bills, regardless of the actual electricity we consume. This is a cost the University must understandably pay, but if it is set with unnecessary consumption, we will have adversely impacted the utility expenses when it could have been avoided. 

Therefore, it is most important that we do what we can to minimize our electrical peak for these next few days.

Please help with the following:

  • Turn off electrical equipment and appliances that are not in use.
  • When leaving your office or classroom, turn off lights and computers if you are not returning for some time.
  • Turn up the thermostats in those spaces where they are accessible.

 Facilities Management is taking additional measures to conserve, including shutting down the fountains that are operated with large electrical motors.  Please join the campus community to step up and make a difference!

 Thank you for your cooperation.

August 25, 2014


To all Springfield Campus faculty, staff and students:

Thank you for your efforts to conserve energy during these recent very hot days when we are setting our peak demand for the season!  We are doing very well and making a difference!

We are tracking the peak demand of our major electrical feeds to campus as compared to the highest peak demand value set last summer.  See the graph below which illustrates last year’s peak in orange and our current 24-hour tracking this past Thursday and Friday.  Though the weekend had very high temperatures as well, the reduced activity in most of the buildings relieves us from setting peaks on Saturday and Sunday.   


So far, we have been consistently below last year’s peak demand, but we need your continued help through the next few days as the temperatures are going to continue to peak in the mid-90’s.

You can actually track real-time consumption of many of the campus buildings by going to the MSU Energy Dashboard at http://bedashboard.com/kiosk/86?autoplay=true.   (Use the drop down menu to locate buildings; this will also bypass the video, if desired.)

Please keep conserving energy by doing the following:

  • Turn off/unplug all electrical equipment and appliances that are not in use.
  • When leaving your office or classroom, turn off lights and computers if you are not returning for some time.
  • Turn up the thermostats in those spaces where they are accessible.
  • Secure all windows and close shades, blinds and/or curtains.

Keep up the good work!

Thank you!



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10 Tips for a Green Move-In


Welcome to Missouri State University! Join your fellow Bears in being more environmentally responsible by using the following tips for a more sustainable move-in.

Green up your packing:

1. Don’t worry about buying moving boxes

  • Alternative: use suitcases, backpacks, reusable bags, plastic tubs, old cardboard boxes, or even pack in trash bags. All of these items are reusable or recyclable.
  • Reminder: If you do use cardboard boxes, make sure you break them down and recycle them after unpacking.

2. Ditch the bubble wrap and packing peanuts

  • Alternative: protect your breakables with clothes, towels, and other soft buffers that you were already planning on bringing to campus. You can also reuse old newspapers or plastic grocery bags and then recycle these items when you unpack.

Buying Guide

3. Reuse first – see what you can bring from home. Often times family members have gently used household items that you can have – think dishes, sheets, throw pillows, curtains, small kitchen appliances and even furniture… Reusing saves money, time and resources!

4. Buy Reusable – water bottles, coffee mugs, dishes, containers, utensils and more. Reusables are perfect for on-campus living as they save you money, take up less of your valuable living space and they are much better for the environment.

  • Always carry a reusable water bottle with you on campus. Look for one of the many hydration stations across campus to refill your bottle and see how many bottles we have saved from the landfill!
  • Also, learn more here about our reusable cup program on campus.

5. Buy Efficient – look for the Energy Star® label when buying appliances.

6. Buy Recycled – look for school supplies made from recycled content.

What to bring?

7. Water-filtering pitcher – keep your pitcher in the fridge so you always have cold, filtered water to drink in your room. Save money and the environment by not buying bottled water or running the tap for a long period of time to get cold water.

8. Power strips – this is an easy way to reduce your energy consumption. Charging cords, TVs and many other devices draw energy even when they are not in use. Plug in all your electronic devices to a power strip and flip the switch when you are not using them.

9. CFL light bulbs – save more energy by using CFL light bulbs, which only use about a quarter of the energy of incandescent light bulbs.

10. Bike – if you have a bike, bring it! This is a fun way to get to class quickly and avoid the carbon emissions and the cost of gas associated with driving. Look for the bike paths that are marked on campus and find out more about bicycle regulations on campus here.

What are some of the ways you are reducing your environmental impact during move-in? Share in the comment section below!

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Become an Energy Star

It builds slowly, a gentle rumbling in the background, but it grows. Soon, the gentle rumble turns into a roar of motors and footsteps, of dollies and luggage carts. Yes, it’s almost time for move in once again on the Missouri State campus.

While you’re making plans on what to bring to campus, make a greener choice and consider buying Energy Star products. Whether you’re moving into the dorms or into an apartment, you can minimize your footprint by using less electricity. If you’re paying for utilities, you can save money each month.

For more information, visit http://www.energystar.gov and find out how knowledge can save power!

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Science brings new life to packing materials

Bubble wrap is for more than just keeping your breakables safe in transit and stress relief in the science lab; they’re also great for chemistry! In a pinch, these plastic pouches can be reused as reaction vessels for small scale experiments. The best news yet is that these were found to be sterile environments!

For more information, check out the news article on KSMU’s site – http://ksmu.org/post/dont-pop-bubble-wrap-scientists-turn-trash-test-tubes

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February Issue of the Sustainability Newsletter!!

Hello Everyone! Here is the February Issue for the Sustainability Newsletter!

February Sustainability Newsletter

Learn more about the New Water Chiller Loop installed in Meyer Library, Recyclemania, Campus Conservation Nationals, and more!

We are also using this issue to advertise our next big April Issue for EARTH MONTH! The events for the Month of April listed on the side, gives a little sneak peak into what the next issue will be covering. Look for the Earth Month issue toward the end of March.

We will also be announcing and welcoming a new Sustainability Coordinator in the next issue as well! Soooo much to look forward too!

Thank you for your continued support, and I hope you enjoy the new layout!


Shelby Anderson

Sustainability GA


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November Sustainability Newsletter Available!!

Hello Everyone!

Our second issue of the MSU Sustainability Newsletter is available for your edification and delight!

Please read through and see what has been happening in regards to sustainability on campus. It was been a very exciting semester! Features include the NEW Energy Dashboard becoming live, the Green Teams Program, and much more!

We hope you enjoy our November Newsletter, and of course if anyone has any questions or suggestions regarding material for future issues please contact me through email!

This newsletter is available through our website as well under Sustainability Documents on the left side of the screen!


Thanks everyone and have a wonderfully green holiday season!!



Shelby Anderson

Sustainability GA, Environmental Management

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Sustainability Newsletter!!

Sustainability Newletter

Hello Everyone!

I would like to invite you all to please check out the first issue of the Sustainability @MSU Newsletter! We will be distributing two a semester, so look for the next to be coming out in November!

This issue features the campus garden, the new SGA Director of Sustainability, Energy and Recycling updates, and new LED lighting on campus!

Check it out!

If you have anything you think is worthy of making the next issue, don’t hesitate to let me know! Thanks and have a great rest of the week!


Shelby Anderson

Sustainability GA, Environmental Management


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