Holiday Building Curtailment Information

As part of our ongoing energy management plan, we will once again be implementing holiday building curtailment. During the winter break (December 14, 2013 through January 5, 2014), most campus facilities will be used minimally or not at all. Heating and lighting unoccupied spaces beyond required safety levels, is wasteful. We intend to minimize such waste by reducing temperatures throughout campus.

The attached table (PDF) identifies targeted temperature levels for each building over the upcoming break period. We do not expect many employees to work during this period. However, if you must come in to your office, please dress accordingly, as heating systems will not be adjusted on an individual basis. Please refrain from using space heaters, as they are extremely inefficient and greatly increase the risk of fire.

Students who are required to be on campus over break, as well as those with permission from the Dean of Students office, will be housed according to the plan. The Housing Office has finalized several open residences and has been in touch with students who have permission to stay. Unoccupied residential housing temperatures will be reduced accordingly.

Setting back temperatures will require the cooperation and attention of the whole campus community to ensure energy savings are achieved and buildings are protected. Before you leave for the holidays, please make sure your windows are closed and latched, shades pulled, and your computers are turned off. Please do not power off networked laser printers or lab computers. ILS will be responsible for powering off these devices.

Facility Services will convert all buildings back to their normal, occupied temperatures after the break period.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Bob Leavitt at Ext. 8366 or rleavitt@bates.edu. Thank you for your support and cooperation.