By Natalie Shahbol
"Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” - Martin Luther King, Jr.
Never thought taking the stairs could be so deep? The Energy Team wants to make you reconsider.
People are often overwhelmed when looking at a staircase. Its endless appearance—seemingly without a purpose or finish line—can seem daunting, or even pointless when there is an elevator nearby. Sure, elevators are painless and easy. But let’s look at some reasons why taking the stairs is good for you. We’ll start off with personal health:
- If a person climbs just two flights of stairs per day, he or she can lose 6 lbs in a year!
- Maintain healthy bones, muscles, and joints—how awesome!
- Exercise without the equipment!
Now let’s look at the reasons why taking the stairs is beneficial for energy savings. When looking at the following facts, keep in mind that there are, on average, 70,000 people on UCLA’s campus everyday:
- Usage of an elevator requires about 2.5 Wh per floor, which is about half the amount of energy required to charge a phone battery. If 70,000 people just walked up one flight of stairs instead of taking the elevator, that would save 175,000 Wh per day; 87,500 cell phones could be fully charged with that energy!
- If each person took just one flight of stairs, instead of taking the elevator one level up, in one month, UCLA could save about $900. Imagine if people took two flights of stairs instead, or three, or four…
Not only is it healthy and eco-friendly....it's also free!
Stair usage truly satisfies all three pillars of sustainability: economic, environmental, and social equity. With that said, the next time you press the button for the elevator, rethink your decision. Go on an adventure. Take the stairs, even when you can’t see the whole staircase.