Conservation Efforts for a Green Campus
In an effort to green operations and reduce costs, 186 solar panels were installed on the roofs at the sanctuary's Kihei Campus. The goal of the 42-kilowatt array of photovoltaic panels is to produce enough electricity from the sun to eliminate having to use energy from the grid that is produced from burning oil. Up to $25,000 a year is being saved in electricity costs.
Energy conservation measures of the renovated historic building originally built in 1941:
- Weather sealed exterior
- Insulation of building
- New more efficient air conditioning system
- Instant water heater
- New more efficient lighting with occupancy sensors in offices
- Double paned windows
- Photovoltaic panels provide energy from the sun
- Window tinting
- Native plants used in the landscape
- Solar powered parking lights
- Bicycle rack
- Recycling of plastic and aluminum
ACTION: Everyone should look at ways that they can help conserve and reduce their impact to the Earth's fragile resources. It could be a simple task as turning off lights when they are not being used to using a bicycle or mass transportation instead of a car, since every conservation effort helps.