A university campus is the ideal location to embrace green living. From building materials, recycling plastic, reducing paper usage, to green security measures.
So how do you build a green security control room at your university? The Green Building Council defines a green campus as a “community that is improving energy efficiency, conserving resources and enhancing environmental quality by education for sustainability and creating healthy living and learning environments.”
Campus police and security departments need to understand and consider how their actions are negatively effecting the environment? Because, if you really think about it, there are plenty of ways campus security can be more environmentally conscious.
It is important to note that implementing green practices should never compromise the ability of campus security to fulfil their duties. So with that in mind, how can you go green at a university? Here are four ways:
Bicycles and Segways: The first way you can go green on campus is by changing the mode of transport. While it might be less effort to drive around in a vehicle all day, the truth is bicycles and segways are able to move around small court yards and other areas vehicles cannot. Therefore, not only are they more a practical solution to monitoring areas, but it is also a great way to minimise your carbon footprint as a security company.
CCTV Cameras: CCTV cameras can play a major role in green security. Not only is it faster and clearer to look at a disturbance via a camera, but this can help dismiss a false alarm -such as a door left open- without sending an officer out to investigate. Furthermore, modern technology allows you to attach solar chargers on these cameras, so that you do use electricity to monitor campus activity.
Green suppliers: When buying security equipment, ensure that you only purchase goods from certified green suppliers. Seek out products that are made from renewable energy or by a supplier that emits fewer greenhouse gases in the manufacturing process.
Systems with fewer components: Every component in a security system had an impact on the environment when it was manufactured and will continue to impact the environment while in use. Creating systems with fewer components will help lower your emissions. For instance, minimise your need for separate computers by combining cameras to display on one central security screen or have cameras that can rotate 360 degrees, instead of four static cameras in one location.
Ensure that your university updates their security system to become more environmentally conscious. Use these four tips to help your become more eco-friendly.