December 1, 2022 - 9:30am

Dear SUNY Oswego Employees,

In the university's effort to maximize utility savings whenever and wherever possible – especially given the projected increases in utility costs this winter – SUNY Oswego will once again take steps to reduce overall utility consumption over the upcoming winter break/holiday period. To the extent possible, during the period of December 19, 2022 through January 13, 2023, the campus (both main campus and the Syracuse campus) will generate utility savings by lowering building temperatures and turning off lights, computers and other electrical components.

We are asking employees to shut all windows and shades, turn off power strips and unplug any electronics plugged directly into the wall in your offices and/or work areas. Many devices use electricity even when “turned off,” including TVs, printers, chargers, copiers, coffee makers, microwaves, lamps and space heaters.

During this four-week period, physical attendance should be restricted to the greatest extent possible, and all efforts to work remotely are encouraged. Employees do not need to complete or submit formal telecommuting requests to work remotely over this time period. They should, however, communicate with their supervisors regularly.

SUNY Oswego will remain open and normal business is expected to continue. Essential employees are required to continue to report to their assigned duties on campus during this period. If it is necessary to be on campus during this time, we suggest that you dress accordingly, as building temperatures may be lowered to achieve the desired savings. If you anticipate not being available during this period and/or are planning to take some well-deserved time off, vacation leave must be approved and charged to leave accruals. Please direct any questions you may have about staff coverage to your division supervisor or area vice president.

Mail services will continue to be delivered to buildings as scheduled. Individual departments should develop a schedule with your local mail room for pickup and delivery of mail and packages to your buildings. Please also note that Campus Technology Services (CTS) will continue to offer technology support during this time frame. Learn more about telecommuting securely or renting out limited equipment.

Thank you for your support and cooperation as we near the conclusion of the fall 2022 semester and look forward to the winter break. If you have any questions about the Winter Break Savings Initiative, please contact Mitch Fields via email at


Victoria L. Furlong
Vice President for Administration and Finance