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Why the College of Strasbourg will shut its premises for one more two weeks this winter

The University of Strasbourg has detailed its action plan in the face of skyrocketing energy prices. (© Wikimedia)

In front of surge in energy pricesthe president of the University of Strasbourg, Michel Deneken, described on Monday, September 19, the actions he wants to implement in the short, medium and long term.

In the short term, extend the closure of the premises and limit the temperature

In the first category, that of the short term, Mr. Deneken presents five actions, including the fact of postponing the start of the steam at the latest and bringing forward the date of its shutdown as much as possible, maintaining a temperature of 19 degrees in the premises or turning off office equipment when not in use.

Another directive from the president: to close the university building for another two weeks this winter.

Four extra days off for students

The first week of January will be an administrative closure week, therefore with 4 days of additional school holidays (holidays from Friday 16th December evening to Monday 9th January morning) no teaching will be provided, the start of the school year will then take place on Monday, January 9. The second week of building closures will take place during the February school holidays, subject to buildings and activities.

Michelle DenekenPresident of the University of Strasbourg

“During these periods when the premises are closed, few students will be present on the campuses and few courses will be provided, even remotely, and staff – except in justified exceptional cases – will carry out their activities from their homes through teleworking,” continued Mr. Jah .Deneken.

“However, we will be careful to keep the library open to allow students to work and prepare for their exams,” he adds.

In the long term, improving the energy performance of buildings

As for medium-term action, the president promises to “work on four new charters: a charter for responsible mobility, a charter for responsible purchasing, a charter for responsible real estate, and a charter for responsible digital technologies.”

Finally, in terms of long-term action, “we absolutely want to improve the energy performance of our built university heritage,” Michel Deneken writes, before tempering the feasibility of the project: “This action requires significant budgetary investment. The renovation of all our buildings is currently estimated at €500 million, which is largely beyond the facility’s reach. Therefore, the financial mobilization of the state and local authorities will be necessary in the long term”.

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