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Unplug Appalachian Initiative Seeks to Curb Campus Energy Consumption

Nov. 13, 2012. In conjunction with Sustain Appalachian, students from the Department of Communication are launching the Unplug Appalachian campaign to curb energy reduction on the campus of Appalachian State University. The goal of this campaign is to decrease energy consumption on-campus by encouraging pro-environmental attitudes and behaviors in students living on-campus.

“Our energy-reduction initiatives on-campus in the past have been fueled by great financial investments from the University,” said Crystal Simmons, Outreach and Communications Specialist for the Office of Sustainability. “This campaign seeks to encourage students, faculty and staff to change their behavior and mindsets toward energy-reduction. We want them to take control of their consumption, and that’s what Unplug Appalachian will encourage them to do.”

The students and Sustain Appalachian are currently working and collaborating with students on-campus, facuty and staff to build a energy-reduction pledge base until the official campaign launch in Spring 2013. Individuals will take an online pledge, citing specific energy-reduction tasks they will commit to doing for a period of time. The pledge will be available at www.sustain.appstate.edu.

When individuals take the pledge, they will receive a pledge sticker, an email signature, and weekly emails and communications through Facebook and Twitter explaining the importance of energy-reduction and different ways an individual can have an impact.

Several events are tentatively scheduled for Spring 2013. These events include an acoustic night hosted in conjunction with Open Mic Night in Crossroads Coffee Shop in Plemmons Student Union and a Make-and-Tale Blanket event co-sponsored with the Appalachian Popular Program Society.

For up to date information on the campaign, check sustain.appstate.edu, as well as campus bulletins and your personal email account.

For more information, contact Crystal Simmons (simmonscsg@appstate.edu) or Kyle Schermbeck (schermbeck.kyle@gmail.com).

The Office of Sustainability is a part of Appalachian State University, and was newly created in 2009 as a part of ASU’s goal to reduce emissions and energy usage.