- Student Sustainability Outreach
- Energy Efficiency
- Renewable Energy
- Water Conservation
- Natural Lands Conservation
- Recycling on Campus
Shut the Sash
The Department of Sustainability and Energy Management, along with Environmental Health and Safety, instituted the "Shut the Sash!" campaign to raise student and staff awareness about fume hood energy consumption.
What is a sash? A sash is a sliding glass door attached to a fume hood. Fume hoods are a part of a building-wide ventilation system that sucks away potentially harmful, chemical fumes. A closed sash decreases the flow of air to the hood. When enough sashes are closed, the fan assigned to the hood slows and runs at a more energy-efficient mode. A single fume hood can use the same amount of energy as 3.5 homes. With this in mind, UCF intended to see a significant energy decrease in all its lab buildings. UCF has approximately 500 fume hoods throughout its vast campus. UCF's lab buildings use considerably more energy than that of our general classroom buildings. For example, Classroom Building I consumes 2.92 kWh per square foot whereas our Biology building consumes about 5 times as much, at 11.92 kWh per square foot!
The "Shut the Sash!" campaign began on June 22, 2009. Look for the reminder stickers (inserted below) on fume hoods and remember to Save Energy and Be Safe!