Take Charge! Challenge makes K-State more efficient
The Take Charge! Challenge was friendly competition in 2011 between 16 Kansas towns to reduce their energy use, save money and take charge of their energy future. As a part of this challenge, Manhattan/Kansas State University and Lawrence/University of Kansas competed against each other and Manhattan/K-State won the competition. The earnings of $100,000 were divided equally between the City of Manhattan and K-State.
Over the past 18 months, the $50,000 in prize money was invested back into the university to save even more money. One of the most significant metrics of the energy challenge was implementing more efficient lighting technologies. Because of this, K-State chose to largely invest in lighting technology and retrofits with the prize money. The following four projects were identified as having a significant impact towards efficiency at K-State:
- Integrated occupancy control in art galleries and lighting retrofit at the Miranna Kistler Beach Museum of Art
- Lighting occupancy sensors in common spaces in Durland Hall, Leausre Hall and Waters Hall
- New display cases with LED lighting technology in Justin Hall
- LED light installation in hallways and Chang Gallery in Seaton Hall
Request for Green Action Fund proposals
The Office of Sustainability is now accepting proposals for the Green Action Fund. In order to be funded, projects must have a component of direct student involvement, improve K-State's sustainability performance in meaningful and cost-effective ways, and have a campus department or unit partner to manage project funding.
For more information or clarification of the Fund and funding process, contact the Office of Sustainability.
New "Greening Your Workplace" program
What is your office or department doing to become more sustainable? Find out with the brand new Greening Your Workplace program. As a part of the K-State EcoReps, Greening Your Workplace has the potential for giving credit for all the good work you and your departments do, creating some healthy competition within K-State, and creating a supportive network for sharing best practices.