Jennifer Graham is the assistant editor of Facilities Manager and APPA's publications and marketing assistant. She can be reached at

There's been discussion lately regarding APPA members participation in information sharing, both with each other and with APPA headquarters. Being relatively new here, I was impressed by the energy and enthusiasm on the APPAinfo e-mail list, not to mention the valuable information that you are sharing with each other. So I thought what better way to highlight this member activity than resuming the Listnotes column.

In keeping with the theme of this issue, I have incorporated your advice and suggestions on energy and utilities issues. Remember that what is most appealing about the list is gaining valuable information in a form that is much more interesting than a textbook or a seminar, while communicating with your colleagues, fellow members, and APPA staff. To join APPA's e-mail list, register at

Question: I am interested in hearing from those of you who have recently communicated to campus building occupants measures they can take in their office and/or at their desktop to conserve electrical consumption. Recent literature suggests that significant savings can be made by turning off computers, monitors, printers, etc., as well as lights.

Question: Does anyone have and/or know of a website(s) that promotes office/desktop energy savings opportunities? Is anyone aware for public entities, utilities, and/or corporations that have promoted office/desktop energy savings opportunities? How about information on recent energy conservation projects?

Question: I am needing information regarding the cost of fluorescent lighting. In particular is it more cost effective to leave a fluorescent light on or turn it off throughout the day? The argument is that it cost more to turn it on/off than it is to leave it on.