In an effort to reduce energy consumption, Seminole State College has joined other higher education institutions in Oklahoma by taking part in the 20x2020 Program.

The 20x2020 Program is an energy saving initiative geared to help reduce energy consumption 20 percent by the year 2020. This initiative is organized by the Oklahoma Facilities Energy Program. The program’s mission is to reduce the energy consumed in facilities owned or operated by the State of Oklahoma while maintaining a comfortable, productive building environment.

In working to become more energy efficient, Seminole State has developed ways for each person on campus to actively reduce energy waste. Those on campus are encouraged to make small changes such as turning off computers and office equipment and unplugging fans, televisions and other items at the end of each day or when not in use. Other changes include closing blinds during warmer months and turning off lights when leaving a room or office.

The College has also made upgrades to their Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning System (HVAC) which will allow control over temperatures in unoccupied rooms and buildings during nights, weekends and holidays.

SSC has selected “Energy Champions” for each building at the College. These employees will help monitor energy saving efforts in their assigned building on campus. The campus Energy Manager, HVAC Technician Tommy Bighead, will also periodically visit the buildings on campus to observe how energy is being used and to answer any questions.

For more information about the energy saving initiative at SSC, contact Vice President for Fiscal Affairs Katherine Benton at 405-382-9219 or by email at k.benton@sscok.edu. For details about the 20x2020 Program, please visit www.20x2020.ok.gov.