Green fever builds across campus

Ingles and Floyd Halls' residents have taken an early lead in curtailing electricity usage, while residents of Draper Hall have surged ahead in the race to conserve water.

Residents of RU's 14 residence halls are competing in the 2013 Campus Conservation Nationals (CCN), a three-week contest to cut electricity and water consumption. Since the contest began on Feb. 3, Ingles and Floyd have slashed their electrical usage by almost 2 percent. The RU halls together have curtailed water usage by more than 3,000 gallons, according to early results, and Draper is leading with a 13.6 percent water reduction.

Nationwide, the competition so far has involved residents of 588 building, has posted combined savings of more than 4,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) and has removed almost 3 tons of CO2 from the North American carbon footprint. To follow the CCN 2013 race at RU, use Lucid’s Building Dashboard®  and track the standings in this intramural contest to green up RU.

Early results from another green contest in which RU is participating, Recyclemania, will be released on Friday, Feb. 15. In Recyclemania, RU has joined more than 600 other colleges and universities nationwide to promote waste reduction on campus. RU is reporting its recycling and trash data over a 10-week period that began on Feb. 3 with the goal of claiming the crown as the national recycling champion based on nine statistical criteria.

For more information on all of RU's sustainability initiatives, visit RU SustainABILITY.

Feb 12, 2013
Don Bowman
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