Going Dark to Go Green

This university rightly makes a point of running itself sustainably and conserving energy. Many staircases on campus receive light from motion-sensing fixtures that brighten upon detecting movement, and certain rooms in the Fitness and Recreation Center operate on timers, automatically turning off the lights after a set period of time.

Why, then, do many of the buildings on campus stay brightly illuminated into the little hours of the morning, when the buildings are closed and not in use? Even with custodial crews working hard at night to keep our campus clean, must so many lights be left on at night? Surely some of the lights in the stairwells of CAS, or in the CILSE building currently under construction, or in the lobby of FitRec, to name a few, can be turned off at night.

This is a simple fix that can aid this university’s sustainability efforts. Additionally, such dimming measures can help cut operating costs over time. If Boston University can adopt high-tech measures like timer-activated and self-dimming lights, surely it can flip a switch at night to conserve energy when buildings close.

With Optimism,

The Student Curriculum Committee

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