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"SCU Unplugged" kicks off the Energy Challenge

Friday, Feb. 1, 2013

SCU Unplugged. Photo courtesy of Sam Juda, The Santa Clara.On Wednesday, January 30th, the Office of Sustainability and KSCU partnered up to kick off the 4th annual Residence Energy Challenge with SCU Unplugged, a late night acoustic musical show in The Bronco.

With stellar performances from The Vanities and The JurassiC, and amazing a cappella from Supertonic!, SCU Unplugged put the 2013 Energy Challenge off to a great start. All attendees were eligible to enter a free Toms gift card raffle as a small preview of this year’s Energy Challenge prizes, and all on-campus residents who attended got a head start in helping to earn Energy Challenge enthusiasm points for their building.

The actual competition for the 2013 Energy Challenge starts February 1st, and runs until the end of the month. The residence hall that conserves the most energy during the month of February compared to a historical average will be crowned the “Energy Champion” and will receive 30 pairs of Toms shoes, three pairs of Toms designer sunglasses, and ten 50 percent off Toms sunglasses gift cards, which will be distributed among residents by the winning building’s Residence Life staff. The winning RLC will also get an ice cream party to celebrate at the end of winter quarter.

An ice cream party and prizes will also go to the “most enthusiastic” building, including Zipcar and more Toms gift certificates, which will again be distributed among residents by their Residence Life staff.

Residents can help earn enthusiasm points for their building by going to Energy Challenge-related events on-campus and in their RLC, and by posting on the Sustainability at SCU Facebook page, mentioning @sustainablescu on Twitter, and by tagging #sustainablescu in their Instagram photos to show off their conservation efforts. 

The next major opportunity to earn enthusiasm points will be the campus-wide, voluntary Zero-Power Hour on Monday, February 11, 9-10 pm. Co-sponsored by RLCA, the Housing Office, and the Office of Sustainability, residents will be encouraged to turn off as many lights as possible and unplug all appliances and electronics for just one hour both to help their building save energy and to earn enthusiasm points for the challenge.

RLCA representatives, Community Facilitators, and Community Council members will be working together to put on a fun, zero-power event in each RLC during that time period for residents to attend.

The Office of Sustainability looks forward to yet another great competition, so remember to power down, shut off, and unplug throughout this month!

More information about the 2013 Energy Challenge.

By Amelia Evans, '13 Sustainabilty Intern -- Residence Life

Tags: Buildings and Grounds, Climate Neutrality, Energy, Program Highlights, Residence Life, Student Life, Take Action



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