Sustainability is the endeavor to create an ever increasing economically and environmentally efficient system of operation for a given entity. In the Kent State University residence halls, this currently is exemplified by controlled water pressure, and electricity as well as alternative sources of energy, window sensors to control air conditioning, and lighting such as replacing all fluorescent light bulbs with LED bulbs. Our team was interested in investigating ways to increase the sustainability of the university. We hypothesized that we could improve the sustainability of the university’s energy resources through new solutions to lighting in the residence halls. In order to determine how to achieve this goal, we interviewed specialists in the following departments: Residence Services, Campus Security, Office of University Architect, and Sustainability. After our interviews we concluded that the university level of sustainability in the residence halls is high. We determined that the next step was to find a more effective lighting solution in community areas. Our team met with an electrical engineer on campus, and we determined that automated LED light fixtures in the hallways and bathrooms would obtain a high level of sustainability. Residence Services is willing to perform test runs to finalize our project. The LED lights will be placed in the hallways, lounges, and bathrooms in the residence halls, even though the fixtures are costly at first, LED lights are more efficient and will last longer especially since they will be motion sensored and will not be on at all times.
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