The proactive efficiency plan is expected to save in excess of $20,000 per year, while university administrators investigate opportunities for larger cuts.
In addition to pre-existing campus policies, such as the requirement that faculty and staff turn off their computers and lights at the end of the work day, the following steps will be taken:
- Tennis courts will no longer be lit.
- Heat and air conditioning will be discontinued at Ellender Hall until the facility is repopulated.
- The fountain across from Elkins Hall on Highway 1 will be turned off.
- Electricity and gas powering the anniversary monument in the Quadrangle will be suspended.
- Christmas lights at both Elkins Hall and the Bollinger Memorial Student Union will be turned off.
- Thermostats and water heater settings will be closely monitored and evaluated.
- Parking lots that are largely unused will no longer be lit.
“It is important to note that campus safety will not be compromised as a result of these measures,” Mike Davis, assistant vice president for administration, said. “Residence Halls B and C, for example, are empty between semesters, which means their parking lots will not be utilized and therefore do not require lights.”
Additional cost-efficiency measures will be announced in the coming weeks and months as the university works to comply with the state of Louisiana’s recently mandated budget cuts.