Policy Steward: Vice President for Administration


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    To establish guidelines and practices that will lower the University’s energy consumption, reduce expenditures on energy, and support greenhouse gas reduction goals.


    The policy is applicable to all Penn State employees and students.

    This policy is applicable to all Penn State owned or leased facilities at all locations except the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Pennsylvania College of Technology.


    1. Lighting

    2. Interior Environment

    3. Computers

    4. Office Equipment

    5. Appliances
    6. Fume Hoods


    An Energy Conservation Policy Advisory Committee will evaluate and recommend policy revisions when appropriate. Membership on this committee shall be appointed by the Associate Vice President for Physical Plant and consist of a broad cross section of the University community.


    University Employees and Students - are responsible for:

    1. Recognizing that energy conservation is important to the University’s fiscal health and environmental goals.
    2. Complying with the policy.

    Budget Executives - are responsible for:

    1. Communicating this policy to everyone within their jurisdiction.
    2. Including energy conservation procedures in orientation programs.
    3. Designating a person to be responsible for energy conservation. This involves being a point of contact for department personnel to report energy conservation issues and to work with the Office of Physical Plant to implement energy conservation measures.
    4. Implementing the policy.

    Supervisory Personnel - are responsible for:

    1. Coaching employees to comply with this policy and communicating the results of their organization’s energy conservation efforts to staff on a regular basis.
    2. Recognizing and celebrating successes.

    The Office of Physical Plant - is responsible for:

    1. Chairing the Energy Conservation Policy Advisory Committee and appointing members.
    2. Monitoring energy consumption and providing summary reports to stakeholders.
    3. Developing and monitoring programs to affect energy consumption reductions.
    4. Developing detailed Energy Conservation Policy implementation directives.

    The Energy Conservation Policy Advisory Committee - is responsible for:

    1. Providing recommendations regarding Energy Conservation Policy revisions.
    2. Monitoring energy consumption to determine additional actions as may be appropriate.
    3. Recommending detailed energy conservation implementation directives to the Associate Vice President for Physical Plant.


    For questions, additional detail, or to request changes to this policy, please contact the Office of Physical Plant, Energy and Engineering.


    AD38 - Administration of University Physical Facilities

    Effective Date: July 08, 2009
    Date Approved: July 06, 2009
    Date Published: July 07, 2009 (Editorial change, February 13, 2015)

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    Revision History (and effective dates):

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