For the next three weeks, students at San Diego State University and across the country will compete in the 2013 Campus Conservation Nationals, a nationwide electricity and water use reduction competition.
Residence halls from more than 200 colleges and universities will participate in the program, which was created by The Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council through its Students Program and in partnership with Lucid, Alliance to Save Energy and the National Wildlife Federation.
“This competition is an opportunity to both demonstrate our commitment to sustainability as a campus and for students to challenge themselves to integrate environmentally positive choices in their routines,” said SDSU Sustainability Coordinator Mariah Hudson.
“Tackling this as community is important, because when enough students make a visible commitment to a course of action, it changes the culture and that has a lasting impact on our campus.”
SDSU’s part in the competition is a joint-effort between two campus groups: CALPIRG Energy Service Corps and PowerSave Campus. For three weeks the groups have been measuring baseline energy usage in preparation for the competition, which officially kicked-off on Valentine’s Day.
During the competition, participating schools compete against buildings on their own campus or a select group of peer institutions, with savings from all participants accumulating to reach a national challenge goal.
Using Lucid’s Building Dashboard, competitors compare performance, share winning strategies and track standings among the leading schools and buildings.
Making a difference
“Campus Conservation Nationals provides the perfect venue for students to demonstrate how their collective drive, paired with individual action and responsibility, can have a significant impact on their campuses and communities,” said Pat Lane, project manager at the Center for Green Schools.
“We are excited to build upon the success of previous years and empower a new corps of student organizers to be green building leaders.”
During the 2012 competition, more than 208,000 students living in 1,200 buildings at 100 colleges and universities collectively reduced 1.7 megawatt-hours of electricity and 1.5 million gallons of water, saving schools $157,925. The 2013 competition will build on that success and encourages students to brainstorm innovative solutions for how their school can save energy and cut costs.
“The growth of CCN, and the incredible results from 2012, clearly demonstrate the desire and ability for people to change their behavior when it comes to using resources," said Andrew deCoriolis, director of marketing and engagement at Lucid.
"With the right information and tools, we’ve seen students able the make a significant impact on energy and water use, and more importantly inspire their peers to take action.”