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Energy Challenge

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The 6th Annual Energy Challenge will commence in Winter Quarter 2015, Weeks 5-8.

The Residence Energy Challenge encourages campus residents to examine their power usage and find ways to reduce wasted energy use throughout the whole month of February. 

How the Challenge works: 

This year, the Energy Challenge will have three sub-competitions: two for energy conservation between the "AC League" and "No AC League" buildings and the last for overall enthusiasm. This means that residence halls that have user control of air conditioning are in the "AC League" group, and those that do not have individual user control are in the "No AC League." Rather than directly rivaling against one another, residence halls attempt to reduce their building's electricity consumption in comparison to historical use, adjusted for changing numbers of residents. Students in the top-conserving residence halls, and those in the residence halls with the most enthusiasm for energy conservation efforts will be awarded prizes (3 RLC winners in all).

In the spirit of the game and competition, the Energy Challenge includes other activities to unify both the Residential Learning Communities (RLCs) on campus and off-campus students under the message of the importance of energy conservation. 

Kick-Off Event: Zero-Power Hour | For all RLCs | Monday, February 2nd, from 9 - 10 pm. 

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Energy Dashboard

View your RLC building's daily electricity usage with this dashboard and see competition rankings for conservation (AC League, No AC League). You can even log in using Facebook to commit to actions to help your RLC save energy! (Enthusiasm weekly rankings will be displayed on this SCU webpage and not the dashboard.)

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Enthusiasm Points

The RLC with the most points accumulated during the Energy Challenge is awarded the "Most Enthusiastic" building award. Enthusiasm can be reported to the Center for Sustainability by posting on the Facebook page, or emailed to sustainability@scu.edu with a description of the program or initiative, a picture, the number of residents engaged or impacted, and the RLC. Click here to see details!

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Prizes

Winning RLC buildings will receive a catered party, special individual prizes (either California succulents or custom printed, recycled notebooks), and opportunities to win at a raffle at the Winners' Circle event in the first week of March.

Electricity Competitions

AC League
RLCs in user controlled air-conditioned (AC) residence halls
  • Alpha (Graham)
  • Communitas (Campisi)
  • Da Vinci (Casa)
  • Loyola (Sobrato)
No AC League
RLCs in no user controlled air-conditioned (no AC) residence halls
  • Cyphi (Swig)
  • Modern Perspectives (Dunne)
  • Unity (McLaughlin/Walsh)
  • Xavier (Sanfilippo)

Enthusiasm Competition

(for highest number of active residents and actions engaging in energy conservation and peer education)
  • Alpha (Graham)
  • Communitas (Campisi)
  • Cyphi (Swig)
  • Da Vinci (Casa)
  • Loyola (Sobrato)
  • Modern Perspectives (Dunne)
  • Nobili
  • Unity (McLaughlin/Walsh)
  • Villas
  • Xavier (Sanfilippo)
Contact Us

Center for Sustainability
Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053 sustainability@scu.edu