Physical Plant talks about lights on campus
By Shaina Sanders
Have you ever walked through campus late at night and thought, “Why in the world are the lights on in that building?” Well, the mystery is solved.
Awareness posters in residence halls, recycling bins, the winter break competition for which dorm can use the least power, and the unconventional signs that show you which way to flush the toilet all prove that this campus goes above and beyond to reduce our negative impact on the world.
After speaking with Physical Plant, it turns out that most lights stay on for safety, security, and maintenance purposes.
Imagine trying to go up the stairs of Jonas Clark at night without the lights on, or walking through the Bio-Physics building with nothing but red exit lights to guide you through the halls.
It is important not to forget maintenance. All the beautifully cleaned offices, classes, and meeting areas do not stay spotless by magic.
There are maintenance crews who work night shifts in order to tidy areas that cannot be reached during daytime hours.
So what are a few solutions to this nagging issue?
Motion sensor lights have been installed in a few buildings to preserve power. Signs are put up near light switches asking you kindly to “flip the switch” before leaving.
If you notice that there is a particular building with lights being left on and there is no activity, call Physical Plant and they will try to resolve the problem. Keep Clark eco-friendly by raising awareness daily through your actions and words.