OSU announces energy challenge

Building off the success of OSU’s Building Energy Challenge in 2010 and 2011, the OSU Sustainability Office and the Student Sustainability Initiative are announcing OSU’s participation in Campus Conservation Nationals 2012, a nationwide electricity use reduction competition among colleges and universities.  The competition was created by The Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council through its Students Program and in partnership with Lucid Design Group, Alliance to Save Energy and the National Wildlife Federation. Between Feb. 6 and Feb. 23, 2012, students at OSU and across the country will compete to achieve the greatest reductions in their residence halls and select buildings over a three-week period.

Oregon State University joins the ranks of more than 100 universities and colleges nationwide that are currently registered for this program. In this competition, participating schools can choose to compete against buildings on their own campus, or against a select group of peer institutions, with savings from all participants accumulating to reach a national challenge goal of one gigawatt-hour. Using Lucid’s Building Dashboard®, participating schools will be able to instantly compare performance, share winning strategies and track standings among the leading schools and buildings. This national event is an opportunity to organize students and staff to make immediate and lasting impacts on a school’s carbon emissions and campus culture.

The Sustainability Office in conjunction with the student led Student Sustainability Initiative (SSI) invite you to participate in Oregon State University’s Building Conservation Challenge.  This event is designed to help reduce our energy consumption from Feb. 6- Feb. 24. The goals of the event are to educate building users on energy consumption as well as maintaining energy conservation successes beyond the challenge.   Along with competing with other universities, buildings on campus will be competing against each other to reduce their consumption and win prizes!

More details will be coming soon including an information presentation on Tuesday, Jan. 10. Please contact Patrick McMahon in the Sustainability Office and Mikkel VandeBergh, Energy Projects Coordinator for SSI if you are interested in leading your building’s participation in our challenge to reduce our consumption.


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