WHO we are: Unplug KU is a new student organization dedicated to energy conservation on campus through student volunteering, energy education, and renewable campus energy advocacy. Unplug collaborates with students, staff, and faculty to spread awareness for energy conservation and also provides a central information source for anyone interested in energy and sustainability.
WHAT we do: Unplug KU hosts weekly campus shutdowns. During these shutdowns we have UnplugKU members go through campus buildings to turn off lights and common use electronics to prevent unnecessary energy use during the weekends. This is a volunteer based program so any and all are welcome! We will fully equip you with all the need items for shutting down your building.
WHEN we meet: Unplug will meet every Friday at 5:30pm for Friday Shutdowns.
WHERE we are: We meet on Wescoe Beach. From there you will be given a volunteer packet and assigned a building for shutdown.
WHY we are: The National Renewable Energy Laboratory states that at an estimated cost of $38 billion a year, lighting represents the largest source of electricity consumption in U.S. commercial buildings.
HOW we are: There are many ways to find us!
- You can shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Find us on Rock Chalk Central
- Like us on Facebook
- Or Just ask the Co-founders: Emily Cook & Myette Simpson
April 1st - 22nd - KU Shut It Down Challenge
This year UnplugKU will be hosting the Shut it Down Challenge. The Shut it Down Challenge will be KU's part in the largest energy and water reduction competition for colleges and universities in the world. The goal of Campus Conservation Nationals (CCN) is to bring together students, faculty and staff to work towards the common goal of reducing our schools carbon emissions and changing campus culture to create a more sustainable lifestyle. This year’s competition is already underway! The competition will be occurring April 1st through April 22nd. Stay tuned for more information. If you're interested and wish to get involved contact us!
April 6th - KU Energy Conference
UnplugKU will be presenting at The 5th Annual KU Energy Conference, "America's Evolving Energy Landscape". KU Energy Club facilitates collaboration between academia, industry and the public sector in order to find solutions to today's energy issues, with the hope of promoting a positive energy future for the state of Kansas and the region. You can learn how to register for the conference and KU Energy Club at www.kuenergyclub.com.
April - Date TBD
Longhorn Lights Out is UT-Ausin campus wide event where occupants reduce energy by turning off lights, unplugging unnecessary electronics and powering down computer equipment. This UT lights out steering committee is now expanding their program to include as many campus universities as possible to shut down on a specific day each semester: Campus Lights Out. UnplugKU will be participating again this semester with the other following universities:
University of Texas Austin, University of Texas Pan American, University of Texas Southwestern, Bowling Green University, University of Toledo, Kansas State University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Cornell University, Penn State University, and more!