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Environmental Audit 2015

» On Campus Behavior Change

Inducing behavior change over a large body of people has proven to be a difficult task. Nonetheless, it is an important approach to reducing energy consumption and cutting costs. Recommendations within this chapter include:

  • Implementing mandatory sustainability training sessions every year for new Chapman employees that are also open to all existing staff and faculty.
  • Changing curriculum, offering sustainability-related courses students would be interested in.
  • Starting a “Casual Friday” where staff and faculty can dress for slightly warmer temperatures within the office spaces and classrooms.

Read more about these and other recommendations in Chapter 4 of the audit, written by Darcy Hardwick.

  • Casual Friday
  • Lighting
  • A "Casual Friday" day would allow Chapman to increase temperatures in certain buildings with office spaces and classrooms by a couple degrees, saving a significant amount of energy over time. This is one example of positive behavior change on campus that can help Chapman reduce its environmental impact campus-wide.

    Casual friday survey question responses

    Figure 1. Percentage of staff and faculty that responded to the question "Would you be interested in a 'Casual Friday' where faculty/staff could wear more comfortable and laid-back clothes fitted for warmer classrooms?"

  • The Green Department Certification Program has provided data that reveals unsustainable practices taking place in Chapman's offices. For example, the majority of surveyed staff and faculty indicated that they spend the most time in their office between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., which are daylight hours, and yet natural lighting is rarely or never used instead of electric lighting. With the exception of those offices that do not have access to windows or cannot control their own lighting systems, overhead and additional lamp or floor lighting should rarely be used if almost all staff and faculty are in their offices during the daytime. The figure below shows the amount of time electric lighting is used while staff and faculty are in their offices.

    Lighting distribution