From March 22 – April 7, 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 iPad Air.
How You Can Help
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 an iPad Air awarded randomly to a student who commits to participate by taking the "I Commit to Conserve" pledge during the competition 3/22 - 4/7.**
- Opening event, 3/22, 5 - 8 p.m.: Dine in the Dim at Ferris Booth Commons
- Study breaks
- Closing event, 4/8: Eco-Reps Greenfest
- Look for energy breaks in select residence halls
- Check out photos from last year's opening event