Maryland Higher Education
Commission Green Initiatives
Governor O’Malley has been a national leader when it comes to
energy efficiency. His EmPOWER Maryland initiative sets the most
aggressive energy efficiency target in the country – a 15
percent per capita reduction in electricity consumption by 2015.
The plan calls for State agencies to improve building operations
and expand their use of energy performance contracting. Governor
O’Malley will ensure accountability by incorporating energy
issues into the StateStat process, which will help state
agencies track their progress and assist in achieving the
statewide energy efficiency goals. This plan is consistent with
Senate Bill 267 (Chapter Act 427, 2006) the State Buildings
Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act, which requires the
average energy consumption in State Buildings be reduced by 10
percent by 2010.
The energy consumption for 2009 is to be 5% below the 2006
levels. To meet the 5% goal everyone at MHEC has worked together
to save energy. In comparing calendar year 2008 with calendar
year 2006, MHEC has decreased the electricity use by more than
Listed below are energy conservation measures that MHEC is
following to conserve energy.
1. Turning off lights that are near windows. Taking
advantage of natural lighting or day lighting by turning off
lights near these areas.
2. Contacting MHEC’s Director of Administrative Services if
employees’ lighting level in their area is too bright.
3. Reporting any flickering or burned out fluorescent lamps.
When lamps burn out, the ballast continues to use power and
4. Not using any incandescent light bulbs, but replacing with
5. Using task lighting instead of brightly lighting the entire
6. Turning off and/or unplugging unused equipment (e.g.,
printers, cell phone chargers, fans, coffeemakers, radios) and
other devices that drain energy when not in use.
7. Enabling power management features (i.e., sleep mode) on all
office equipment (e.g., photocopiers, printers, and computers).
8. Turning off office equipment (e.g., computers, monitors,
photocopiers, printers, calculators) at the end of the work day,
if possible. After leaving desk for an extended time, employees
are turning off their monitor.
9. Turning off (or reducing use of) portable fans and/or
electric heaters in conditioned space. Inform
Administrative Services of temperature control deficiencies in
10. Closing or adjusting window blinds to block direct sunlight
to reduce cooling needs during warm months.
11. In the winter months, open blinds on south-facing windows
during the day to allow sunlight to naturally heat your
workspace. At night, close the blinds to reduce heat loss at
12. Keeping outside doors closed when the heating or air
conditioner is on.
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