RU Residence Halls Finish Third in Conservation Contest

Residents of RU’s residence halls cut their electrical consumption by almost 16 percent to place third in the 2010 Campus Conservation Nationals.

“Of course, we are happy to do so well,” said Julio Stephens, RU Sustainability coordinator. “The contest’s goal was to educate and motivate our students about their consumption patterns and we did that in a fun way.”

Pocahontas Hall cut its water use by eight percent to win the contest to conserve water among RU’s residence halls. Overall, RU’s residence halls finished ninth in the contest to limit water consumption.

Contest organizers estimated the three-week competition between 40 American and Canadian universities that ended on Nov. 19 resulted in a cumulative savings of over a half-million kilowatt-hours of electricity and prevented over 800,000 pounds of carbon dioxide from degrading the atmosphere.

Campus Conservation Nationals 2010 is a partnership between the Alliance to Save Energy, Lucid Design Group and the National Wildlife Federation. Winning campuses and residence halls will be awarded a prize package provided by the U.S. Green Building Council and Study Like a Champion (SLAC), an online community dedicated to changing the way high achievement is regarded.

To learn more about the competition and RU’s sustainability activities, visit RU Sustainability.

Dec 2, 2010
Don Bowman