Tech Tech Goes Green with Sustainability Program

Published 06/24 2013 09:08AM

Updated 06/24 2013 09:10AM

Texas Tech is making some big changes to it's campus this summer replacing light bulbs with LED fixtures and setting timers for lights but Brad Johnson, Texas Tech Sustainability Coordinator, said their main focus is water.

"One of the biggest problems we have here in the South Plains is obviously water, and water conservation is a primary focus for Texas Tech because we are a huge user of water...anything we can do to save water is a benefit."

Johnson said if every person on the Tech campus saved one gallon of water in a day that roughly 40,000 gallons could serve the average Lubbock household for 4 and a half months. 

Texas Tech has also already saved hundreds of thousands of dollars by placing their air conditioning and heating units on timers.

Johnson said sustainability isn't just about the environment and the economy but also social responsibility.

"Use common sense. When you walk out of a room turn the lights off, don't let the water run while you're washing your hands and talking to the person next to you. Use what you need and then shut the faucet off."

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