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Living Green/Sustainability

Energy Conservation & Power Outages

We sometimes experience energy shortages statewide. If the campus experiences a rolling black out during the day time, the university will remain open during business hours and regular classes will remain in session. If the black out occurs in the evening, evening and night classes most likely will be canceled. Please confirm this with your instructors.

In the Event of a Power Outage

  • Be prepared.
  • Make every effort to conserve energy at all times.
  • Take advantage of natural light during the day and reduce use of electric lighting.
  • Get a flashlight and have fresh batteries on hand or use light sticks
  • Have an alternative to an electric alarm clock.
  • Have a battery-operated radio with fresh batteries.
  • Turn off your computer during Stage Three Alerts.
  • Frequently save any work you are doing on your computer.
  • Only use the elevator if you must. The elevator will shut down and will stay where it is until the power is restored. The doors to the elevator will NOT automatically open if there is a blackout.
  • When the power goes off, there will be some emergency lighting in the hallways and stairwells from 20 minutes to two hours. Please be careful when using the stairs.
  • When the power goes off, there will be NO street lighting. Go places in groups and take a flashlight.
  • Be prepared to stay abreast of your academics without the use of electronic equipment.
  • Seek out the Residential Life Staff if you need some extra support during the black out.
  • Have games, cards, books on hand to pass the time.
  • Do not drink alcohol, use drugs, or have unprotected sex as a way to ward off boredom. These activities will increase your risk of compromised health and safety.

Information After Hours - Contact the RA on duty for your area. Call 911 for emergencies and University Police non-emergency line for other information at 415-338-7200.


Residence Community Conservation

Live a sustainable lifestyle and think green! In addition, with the high cost of electricity, gas, and water in mind, we are doing all we can to conserve energy. Our energy cost savings are directly related to your room and board costs.
The following mechanical, and other, controls were installed in our buildings to help all of us meet our conservation responsibilities. If you can suggest other techniques or equipment, please let us know.

  • Toilets have been reduced to a three gallon flush.
  • Restrictors have been installed (in shower nozzles and sink faucets) to reduce the amount of water used without reducing water pressure.
  • Sink and shower water temperatures have been reduced to 120°-130° Fahrenheit.
  • Timers on the heating system are set and monitored to reduce energy use during the day hours when the buildings are quiet.
  • CFL’s (Compact Fluorescent lamps) have been installed a money-saving cogeneration system to supply partial power to the University.

General Conservation

Here are some things you can do to save resources and directly reduce future room rates:

  • Do not let water run continuously while shaving, washing, or brushing your teeth.
  • Close faucets tightly. Report leaky faucets by contacting The Service Desk at rpm@sfsu.edu or 415-405-0579. A leaky faucet can produce a loss of 430 gallons of water per month.
  • Reduce the length of showering to save water and the energy consumed in heating the water.
  • When possible, plan full loads before doing laundry. Use the cold water cycle whenever you can.
  • Regulate the use of window blinds to take full advantage of sunlight and contain heat in your room.

Recycling

Be Earth friendly! - Recycle your aluminum and tin cans, glass and plastic bottles, and paper products! Recycling bins are provided on each floor and outside each building; please place recycling in the appropriately designated receptacles.

PLEASE NOTE: Plastic bags cannot be recycled with our recycling services—do not put any type of plastic bag into the recycling containers. If you collect your recycling in plastic garbage bags, empty them into a recycling container and reuse the bag or throw it in the trash. Thank you in advance for your assistance with this.


Donate

Please donate any items you no longer need. Many charitable organizations will be happy to take used books, clothing, furniture and electronics.

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