MMU Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, Research and Innovation (DVC AA, R&I) Prof. Paul Mbatia, giving his speech during the Energy Management and Behavioral Change Training at the University on Monday, 6th June, 2022.
Multimedia University of Kenya, through the Renewable Energy Research Consortium (MMU-RERC), has conducted Energy Management and Behavioral Change training targeting Deans of Faculties, Directors, Heads of Departments and Sections with the view of improving energy efficiency within the university.
The training comes on the backdrop of the university’s Energy Consumption Audit, conducted by the MMU-RERC, which revealed there is need for more conservation efforts for prudent energy consumption within the university.
Speaking during the opening of the training, MMU Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, Research and Innovation (DVC AA, R&I) Prof. Paul Mbatia, said the audit and the training present opportunity for the staff to become more economical with energy use.
“The audit and training will inform us on how to effect a behavioral change amongst the staff, seal off glaring wastage points in order to improve energy efficiency within the university’s facilities,” said Prof. Mbatia.
In her speech, Dean, Faculty of Science and Technology Dr. Sitawa Wattanga challenged the university to play a leading role in energy conservation since it offers training and consultancy services on renewable energy and energy management.
“Charity begins at home. If we are offering trainings on energy management, then we must lead by example and become champions in energy conservation and efficiency usage,” said Dr. Wattanga.
Her sentiments were echoed by Director, Post Graduate Studies, Eng. Prof. Livingston Ngoo who said that for the institution to realise a successful energy conservation campaign, the university community must take it both as an individual and collective responsibility and become energy management champions.
MMU-RERC Director, Dr. David Wekesa, assured that they have energy management programs that will significantly improve the university’s energy efficiency once implemented. He also revealed that more energy management and behavioral change trainings will be rolled out to staff and students so as to create a poll of energy champions within the university.
By Nicanor Ndiege