This year's reduced operations period is Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018 through Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019. This period includes three university holidays (Dec 24, Dec 25 and Jan 1), four weekend days and four work days (Dec 26, 27, 28, and 31). The reduced operations period offers an opportunity for the University to maximize energy savings during a routinely lower level of campus activity and has saved thousands of dollars in energy costs since the program began.
Units providing critical services such as Public Safety and Facilities Management operations (power plant, O&M, custodial, grounds, transportation) will remain operational. Department heads and directors should consult with their dean or division head to determine the necessary operational level for their unit. Departments are encouraged to take advantage of the reduced operations period by limiting unit coverage where possible. Reduced operations for each unit must include a minimum of managing and communicating the department's message retrieval and response protocol if the office will not be open to the public during the four work days.
Please note if an employee doesn't request an absence for their regularly scheduled shift they should be permitted to work where feasible, even if the unit is not open to the public. Contact Christina at email@example.com or 273-2422 if you have questions.
Facilities Management will be staffed with personnel to operate the University's buildings during reduced operations and will look for opportunities to conserve energy through this period.
Building temperature/ventilation will remain on overnight set points beginning at 6:00 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21 through 6:00 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2. If campus departments plan to continue normal operations during Dec. 26, 27, 28 and 31, they should advise Facilities Management prior to Thanksgiving break. Generally, daytime temperatures in the buildings during the period of reduced operations could be five degrees cooler than usual. Faculty and staff should dress accordingly. If a major event is planned, and Facilities Management is notified (3-4400), temperatures will be adjusted accordingly. Department personnel are asked to turn off lights, computers, printers and other equipment not required during the reduced operations period. Custodial service will be provided to common areas, rest rooms and entrances in buildings where normal operations are continued. Service may occur on an alternate shift.
The Mail Center will not make regular deliveries on Dec. 26, 27, 28, and 31, but will be open until Noon and mail will be sorted and available to departments that wish to pick up mail. Employees picking up mail must provide photo identification. The Mail Center will not deliver Fed Ex, UPS and other express mail packages unless space is needed on the Central Receiving dock. Departments may pick up packages these days until Noon at Warehouse I, located on 27th Street, but should call first to confirm the expected package has arrived.