Winthrop University: Office of Sustainability - Facilities & Operations - Other Sustainable Initiatives
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Office of Sustainability
349 Columbia Avenue
Rock Hill, SC 29733
803/323-4295 (Fax)

Office of Sustainability

Facilities & Operations

Other Sustainable Initiatives

  • Energy use tracking allows Winthrop to respond to inefficient consumption of energy while identifying strategies for reducing costs. Each state agency was challenged in 2009 to lessen its energy costs within 20 years, beginning back in 2000. As a leader in energy reduction, Winthrop reached its milestone in 2012. Accomplishing this required Winthrop to begin tracking usage of electricity and natural gas, an effort that began in 2000. To further expand our effort to lessen costs, dashboard software and submeters will allow Winthrop to track histories and metrics including energy trends, building comparisons, weather data, network status, consumption efficiencies, key performance indices, and more for individual buildings. This information gathered will also allow us to identify areas where inefficiencies exist that, in the past, we have only been able to guess at their existence. In addition, this technology will assist our effort to change people's behaviors and bring awareness to the many externalities associated with unmeasured energy use. Competitive programs will also be developed that will be used to teach faculty, staff, and students about how much energy is used on a daily basis and strategies to reduce this use. Subsequently, reduced energy use will lower our financial burden and carbon footprint.
  • The Winthrop University Campus Tree Plan was developed in 2016 to define a long range plan that strategically develops policies, procedures, and practices that will be used in planting, protecting, maintaining, and removing trees that ensure a safe, attractive, and sustainable tree campus.  
  • Low emission lawn and garden equipment
  • Organics cycling provides mulch that has been ground from the fallen trees and limbs picked up from around campus. This mulch has replaced the pine straw that was used in passed years. From the Web site of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC): "Mulching is a temporary soil stabilization erosion control method where materials such as grass, hay, wood chips, wood fibers, or straw are placed on the soil surface. In addition to stabilizing soils, mulching enhances the absorption of water by the soil, reduce evaporation losses, regulate soil temperatures, and reduce the speed of storm water runoff over an area."
  • Water conservation practices include, but not limited to, low flow toilets (campus-wide), low flow shower heads, low flow faucet aerators, etc.

Facilities & Operations - Mulch

Last Updated: 8/5/19