Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 62.73
Liaison Tina Woolston
Submission Date Aug. 1, 2011
Executive Letter Download

STARS v1.0

Tufts University
IN-4: Innovation 4

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Betsy Isenstein
Director of Facilities Technical Services
Facilities Services
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A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:

Dorm Shut Down. The day that the dorms close for winter break, a team of staff from Facilities, Residential Life, the Office of Sustainability, Public Safety and others break into pairs and walk through every dorm room on campus to check that windows are closed, stoves are off, fridges are empty and unplugged, radiators are turned down and lights are turned off. A check list was developed by the Program and is distributed by the resident hall advisors to help students leave their dorm rooms in “shutdown mode.” This unique program saves energy and prevents accidental freeze-ups caused by windows left open near water and sprinkler piping. A few years ago the program became institutionalized when Residential Life incorporated the policing of staffed dorms into their annual practices.


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