Energy Challenge


River Hall announced as 2014 Energy Challenge winner with 17.1% reduction!

From March 27 – April 10, Columbia’s undergraduate residential community* is invited to commit to the Energy Challenge, a hall-to-hall competition to reduce electricity output. The building that achieves the greatest percentage reduction in electricity use will win a catered party, and one lucky resident of the winning building will get an iPad! Complete the Energy Challenge commitment form to be eligible for the iPad and other drawing prizes.

Reduce your electricity consumption by undertaking simple actions that yield a strong collective impact: turning off lights and unplugging electronic devices when not in use are just a couple of actions that can go far in reducing CO2 emissions from the power plants that supply our energy. 
Get daily updates on how your building is faring in the competition by visiting the Building Dashboard or checking the residence hall TV screens starting March 28**. And follow the simple, energy-saving tips below to keep your building in the game over the course of the Energy Challenge. Good luck!
Energy-Saving Tips
Turn off lights when not in useLighting and appliances account for 24% of direct CO2 emissions per U.S. household
Unplug electronics when not in use5% to 10% of household energy is consumed by devices that remain plugged in when not in use. Use a powerstrip for your electronics and power down in one motion
Take the stairsYou'll help conserve energy, lessen crowding in elevator cars, and burn 700% more calories
Swap your incandescent bulb for an energy-efficient bulb for free at the Hartley Hospitality Desk****.Energy-efficient bulbs use up to 75% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs and last six times longer. 
Don't block your heating and/or cooling units with furniture or clothingHelps keep units working efficiently
Reduce usage of hair dryers, shavers and other beautifying appliancesJust 15 minutes of blow-drying releases 1.2 kilograms of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere
Use cold water instead of hot water for your laundryYour clothes will be just as clean, but you’ll use 80% less energy
Keep your shower shortReduces the amount of energy required to heat your water and cuts down on gallons of water per shower
Encourage your fellow residents to participate in the Energy Challenge!The higher the participation in your residence, the greater the impact on the environment and your chances to score the grand prize building party and iPad!
Co-Sponsored by EcoReps, RHLO, Columbia Housing, the Office of Environmental Stewardship, Residential Life and Facilities
*Please note: Due to building infrastructure and metering requirements, 47 Claremont, 600 West 113th, John Jay, Harmony Hall, and the Brownstones are ineligible to take part in the Energy Challenge. However, residents of these buildings are eligible for gift pack drawings occurring from March 28 - April 9 and must complete the Energy Challenge commitment form to enter.
**Electricity usage standings for participating residence halls will be posted to the residence hall TV screens daily on weekdays at 12 noon, for the duration of the competition. 
*** Drawing results posted to this page daily at 12 noon during the drawing period. No drawings held on weekends.
****While supplies last


Complete the Energy Challenge commitment form for a chance to win:
  • the grand prize iPad, to be awarded to one lucky resident of the winning building*
  • a daily gift pack that includes an Energy Challenge t-shirt, a water bottle and $15 Flex***

Congratulations, Emma Yee!

  • Opening Night Event, March 27: Check out photos from our evening with Roar-ee and NYC green mascot Birdie!

  • Closing Night Event, April 10: Check out photo highlights from Green Fest 2014, where the winning building and iPad winner were announced!