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To: University Business Managers
From: Anna Wu, Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities Services

UNC-Chapel Hill will observe a ten-day closure of the University during Winter Break 2021. This is a reminder that during this time, Facilities Services will have limited staff resources on call. The following areas may be of interest to your department regarding service coverage during the break:

Housekeeping and Building Services: Staff will be available on an on-call basis to handle emergencies that should arise. Response times may be lengthened due to this status. The on-call service period will begin Thursday night, Dec. 23, at 10 p.m. and end Monday morning, Jan. 3.

Energy Management: The University will implement a Winter Holiday Energy Saving Initiative to reduce energy consumption and utility costs by lowering temperatures in unoccupied buildings. It is asked that you turn off all lights and unnecessary equipment and close all windows and fume hood sashes before leaving campus. The initiative will begin Thursday night, Dec. 23, at 10 p.m. and end Sunday night, Jan. 2, at 10 p.m.

Exceptions to the Energy Saving Initiative: Research labs, animal facilities and designated health care facilities that are critical to the University’s mission are not included in this initiative. Other building occupants who submitted Exemption Requests by the Dec. 10 deadline have been notified of approved exemptions. However, even in these facilities the Housekeeping and Building Services on-call service period will be in effect.

We appreciate your support and look forward to a successful Energy Saving Initiative over Winter Break 2021. For questions or concerns, contact Energy Management at

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