• The first of an annually recurring energy and water reduction
competition among residence halls.
• The competition will run for three weeks, with winner in
• National competition with local, state, regional, and self-
• Build communities within campuses around resource conservation.
• Provide a context in which students teach themselves conservation
behaviors that they can employ in the home and workplace in the future.
• Utilize innovative solutions to educate students around energy and water
conservation and sustainability .
• Achieve measurable resource savings (kWh, gallons, GHGs)
• Enable students to develop leadership and community organizing skills.
• On campuses activities in buildings account for most of the energy,
water and GHG emissions for colleges and universities (~90%)
• Upgrading infrastructure has been a focus, but changing the
behavior of building occupants is equally important.
• Research (Cialdini 1993) has shown that resource reduction
competitions in provide an important means of engaging,
educating, motivating and empowering students to conserve
resources and foster behavior change.
• Participating campuses must commit by March 1, 2010.
• All campuses will use the same baseline, which will be a 3-week period immediately
before the competition takes place.
• Electricity and water reductions will be based on percentage reduction from a
• Any given campus or residence hall will be able to compete in either electricity
competition, water competition or both.
• The resources will be measured in the following way:
– Electricity (kwh) will be monitored using whatever metering exists
– Water (gallons/hr) will be assessed in a fashion that is similar to electricity.
– Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions associated with electricity and water use
competitions will be measured but not used for the competition.
• In order to join, participants must commit to the following:
o Letter of Commitment
o Organize and promote competitions on their local campuses
o Participate in conference calls to discuss best practices.
o Submit data through a web form to CCN administrator.
o Provide information about energy efficiency on campus
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