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People and Policy Strategies

Strategies that impact human behavior and energy policies can save as much money, energy, and carbon emissions on research campuses as technical solutions.

Despite this potential, most energy programs emphasize technology over behavior change. To understand options for climate action plans, evaluate the following:

Energy conservation policies encourage building occupants to turn off lights and computers, close fume hoods, limit appliance use in offices, and purchase high-efficiency equipment. To be successful, policy changes require commitment and buy-in from throughout an organization to be successful.