Holiday heat reduction program to start end of day Dec. 23

December 01, 2014

Once again this year, Penn State is aggressively pursuing the reduction of energy use over the holiday break in accordance with Administrative Policy AD64. Temperatures in many University facilities will be reduced to conserve energy, generate savings and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This initiative also helps the University meet its commitment to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge of reducing our energy usage by 20 percent over the next 10 years.

Faculty and staff may use buildings over the holiday break, but indoor temperatures can be expected to be at 50 degrees Fahrenheit, and ventilation systems will be off.

At University Park, special requests for exceptions to this procedure will be considered under the following guidelines and must be received prior to Friday, Dec. 12:

-- Requests will be reviewed only for facilities serving the general public and in laboratories where research projects could be compromised by the temperature setback.

--Such exception requests, specifying dates and time of day, must be endorsed by the applicable dean or administrative officer and forwarded to the responsible facility coordinator.

-- The facility coordinator will forward requests to Bob Mulhollem at the Office of Physical Plant.

At locations other than University Park, the campus executive officer or administrative officer will determine the extent of the setback program, review requests for exceptions and render decisions locally.

The official holiday break will be from Dec. 24, 2014, through Jan. 1, 2015. This year, heat will remain at a reduced temperature from Friday, Jan. 2 through Sunday, Jan. 4, but at a slightly higher temperature of 60 degrees. It is expected that building occupancy during this period will be minimal. At University Park, space temperatures will be set downward on Tuesday, Dec. 23, at the close of business and will be restored to normal operating temperature by Monday morning, Jan. 5, 2015.

Energy costs for University Park will exceed $25 million this year. The holiday heat reduction program at University Park has averaged about $225,000 a year. Further information may be found on the Office of Physical Plant web site at

Last Updated December 01, 2014