For the last 14 years, Sustainability Initiatives, in conjunction with the Department of Housing and Residence Life, has led a campaign to reward students who reduce their energy consumption. In years past, the Kill-a-Watt competition has resulted in savings of nearly $50,000 over the two-month period, and has saved the university a total of 2,216,485 kWh of energy—equivalent to $216,004.00.
Any on-campus resident can participate by making simple behavioral changes to reduce their energy usage in their dorm room/apartment (see the Tips & Tricks flyer). The competition runs from February 1st to March 31st.
During this time, building residents will work together to reduce their energy consumption. At the end of the competition the buildings with the lowest consumption will be announced, and the residents of these best performing buildings will be eligible to apply for scholarships! At least one $500 scholarship (provided by SG) is available for each living community on campus. Read the details on the How-To Win flyer.
*2020 community and scholarship winners announced below! In light of COVID-19 campus depopulation efforts, only February energy consumption was considered.*
In partnership with Student Government, we’re awarding 15 $500 scholarships.
*All residents of winning buildings are eligible regardless of campus depopulation impacts.*
Scholarship winners will be announced on April 21, and scholarships will be applied in Fall 2020.
Deadline: Scholarship submissions are due by 11:59 PM on April 15 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eligible mediums include:
Prompt: As we feel the impact of COVID-19 in our community, scientists are noting decreases in air pollution globally. With this glimpse into one possible low-carbon reality and the 50th anniversary of Earth Day approaching, many are contemplating whether these new lessons should leave us feeling optimistic or worried about our collective future. Consider how the present circumstances are changing the way we consume energy as individuals and communities. Then, share your vision of a low-carbon reality.
“Time is ticking, fridges are running,
Water is dripping, lights are buzzing.
Listen! Can you hear it?
All that power wasting away,
All through the night and all through the day,
Oh how I wish people could see
Just why saving energy is important to me.
You don’t need to take an hour shower.
And the lights don’t have to be on while you’re gone.
If you unplug your lamps and open your blinds,
You’ll see that the world is much better outside.
Maybe go for a walk, or read a good book,
If you knew what you’re missing, you’d be shook.
So turn off the lights and save some energy,
The world is a wonder, just go and see.”
Melissa Candales Suarez
Lake Claire 58
Bryce Christian Villanueva
Jacqueline Yeji Tejada Kim