Are you ready to “Turn Off For Watt” Lights Out for a Greener Hilltop!? On February 3-24, 2015, St. Edward’s University will be participating in Campus Conservation Nationals (CCN), the largest electricity reduction competition for colleges and universities around the world! As this is St. Edward’s first time participating in this competition, schools and residence halls decided to jump in and give it a try. The competition will be between 10 St. Edward’s academic and residential buildings:
The building that can achieve the greatest percentage reduction in electricity consumption will be awarded a water bottle refilling station! The goal is to reduce electricity consumption by 5%, but don’t let this goal limit your ambition; aim for a greater decrease!
CCN motivates thousands of students across North America, to work together in an effort to reduce the consumption and carbon emissions released on campus in order to mitigate the impacts of global climate change. The competition provides students and staff with the opportunity of organizing educational events, activities, and challenges that will leave a positive, immediate, and lasting impact on the St. Edward’s University campus.
Turn off for WATT? For a greener hilltop! Saving energy doesn’t have to be difficult; if we each do our part we can work towards a brighter future on the hilltop! For more information about how YOU can get involved, including energy saving tips and FAQs, scroll down! Check out our video here.
How will the winner be determined?
The building that decreases its electricity consumption by the highest percentage will be declared the winner. This decrease will be measured against the buildings’ own baselines that were calculated prior to the competition over a week-long period, ensuring that different building sizes, features, and purposes will not hamper chances of winning. The 5% consumption reduction goal is not a requirement, but more of a guideline for all buildings to shoot for. The chance to win is an incentive to get us all to do our part in reducing our university’s carbon footprint!
Why were these 10 buildings chosen?
Who is sponsoring this competition?
Students for Sustainability, Facilities Department, and the Office of Sustainability. Bon Appétit also contributed to this competition by providing us with lightning bolt-shaped cookies, coffee, and space for the launch party on February 3rd in Hunt Hall. Topper TV contributed to the video for the competition. Student volunteers also donated their time and creativity! They came up with the theme for the competition, preliminary graphics, music, video production, and gave their time to measure the buildings’ electricity consumption.
How can I help decrease energy consumption in my building?
We’re glad you asked! Here are some energy-saving tips to try: