Saving Energy: Occupancy Sensor Lighting


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St. Mary's College of Maryland. Environmental Studies Program

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In order to supplement campus efforts to reduce carbon emissions, I have conducted research on tactics to reduce lighting energy use. This included the history of sustainable lighting at St. Mary’s College, case studies from other institutions, and technical specifications of lighting options. After I established a substantial body of research on the best options available, a project was devised to implement occupancy light sensors into all of the dormitory hallways. In conjunction with the Sustainability Office and Student Government Association members, grant money has been secured to make this project a reality. When implemented, these sensors will not only save energy and money, but teach a new generation of students the importance of ecological responsibility.