The 7th annual Residence Energy Challenge in February encouraged campus residents to examine their power usage and find ways to reduce wasted energy use throughout the whole month.
Congratulations to our 2015-16 winners:
Modern Perspectives (Dunne) won the Conservation Award for the "Non-AC League" and Loyola (Sobrato) won the Conservation Award for the "AC League" and the overall Most Enthusiastic Award.
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.
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 email@example.com with a description of the program or initiative, a picture, the number of residents engaged or impacted, and the RLC. See details on Enthusiasm Points, and check out below for up-to-date standings!
Winning RLC buildings will receive a catered party, special individual prizes for RLC winners, as well as opportunities to win at a raffle at the Winners' Circle event in the first week of March. New this year is the SOCIAL MEDIA AWARD given to individuals who post their creative, sustainable actions on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. All posts must have the appropriate hashtags to be counted. #sustainableSCU #scuenergychallenge
RLCs in user controlled air-conditioned (AC) residence halls
No AC League
RLCs in no user controlled air-conditioned (no AC) residence halls