Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2017 Energy Challenge!
The contest is now over and our winning residence hall, as well as the individual who won the folding bicycle, will be announced at Green Fest, happening April 14 on Low Plaza from 1:00 - 3:00 pm.
From March 27 – April 12, 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. Individuals who sign the "I Commit to Conserve" pledge will also be entered for a chance to win an Columba 26" foldable bike** (retail value $279.99.)
Follow these simple, energy-saving tips to keep your building in the game over the course of the Energy Challenge.
|Turn off lights when not in use||Lighting and appliances account for 24% of direct CO2 emissions per U.S. household|
|Unplug electronics when not in use||5% 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 stairs||You'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 clothing||Helps keep units working efficiently|
|Reduce usage of hair dryers, shavers and other beautifying appliances||Just 15 minutes of blow-drying releases 1.2 kilograms of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere|
|Use cold water instead of hot water for your laundry||Your clothes will be just as clean, but you’ll use 80% less energy|
|Keep your shower short||Reduces 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.|
Co-Sponsored by Eco-Reps, RHLO, Columbia Housing, Dining, Environmental Stewardship, Residential Life and Facilities
The grand prize is a catered party, to be awarded to the winning building.
The individual prize is a Columba 26" folding bicycle, awarded randomly to a student who commits to participate by taking the "I Commit to Conserve" pledge during the competition March 27 - April 12, 2017.**
- Opening event, March 27, 5 - 8 p.m.: Dine in the Dim at John Jay Dining Hall
- Closing event, April 14: Eco-Reps Greenfest will be held on Low Plaza from 1:00 - 3:00 pm.
- Look for energy breaks in select residence halls
- Check out photos from last year's opening event