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UDC Advances Sustainability Efforts

Washington, DC – May 17, 2012. The University of the District of Columbia began its campus wide deployment of occupancy sensors to help further promote energy efficiency practices.

This week, 60 occupancy sensors were installed in various offices and conference rooms across the Van Ness Campus. The sensors are programmed to turn off the lights if it does not detect any movement for over 10 minutes.

While there is limited, objective and detailed research on the cost savings attributable to occupancy sensors, national studies have indicated a range of savings of 10% to 19% for classrooms and of 45% to 3% in private offices. Restrooms might offer the biggest opportunity, with a range of savings reported between 86% and 73%.

The departments that received the initial roll out of program were the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, the Office of Student Affairs, and the Department of Communications.

For more information about UDC’s Sustainability Initiative, visit:

As the only urban land-grant institution in the United States, the University of the District of Columbia ( supports a broad mission of education, research and community service across all member colleges and schools, which include the Community College, College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences, College Arts and Sciences, School of Business and Public Administration, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and David A. Clarke School of Law.

The University of the District of Columbia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For a full version of the University's EO Policy Statement, please visit:

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Contact: Alan Etter, Vice President of University Relations & Public Affairs,, 202.345.6371