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Conservation Challenge targets greenhouse gases
Residents of Ohio University halls cut CO2 emissions by more than 106 tons in seven weeks

ATHENS, Ohio (April 10, 2007) -- The 2007 Residence Challenge has resulted in record-breaking savings of more than one hundred tons of CO2 and approximately 700 kilogallons of water. The challenge, now in its seventh year, is an Ohio University initiative that addresses climate change and resource conservation in the forty one residence halls, where more than 7,000 students live, work and play. 

Over the seven weeks of the competition, students and staff cut energy use by more than 8 percent; the equivalent of keeping about 15 tons of greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere per week. Meanwhile, water use dropped by up to 40 percent in some halls, through conservation behaviors such as taking shorter showers and reporting leaks. 

Winning halls will send 210 residents on an all-expense-paid trip to Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky, Ohio, this May. 

The 2007 Residence Challenge was strengthened this year by the "Light It Up Right" student project, which targeted residents in last year's poorest performing halls for an incandescent-to-compact fluorescent light bulb exchange. Compact fluorescent bulbs use only one-sixth the amount of energy consumed by a standard incandescent light bulb to produce the same amount of light. 

Overall, 2007 was a banner year for the Residence Challenge. Wray House tied up the challenge on the South Green with a cumulative water and electricity savings rate of 13.32 percent over the course of the competition. On the East Green, Lincoln eked out a narrow win over Jefferson, with a combined cumulative savings rate of 10.82 percent. On West Green, Treudley Hall, the come-from-behind success story, definitively locked up the win in week seven with a water savings rate of more than 26 percent. 

Full results of the competition as well as its implications for minimizing the university's ecological footprint and reducing greenhouse gases will be discussed from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11, in the Baker University Center 1804 Lounge. Refreshments will be served.

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Media Contact:                Resource Conservation Coordinator Sonia Marcus, 740-593-0026 or marcuss@ohio.edu, or Media Relations Coordinator Jessica Stark, 740-597-2938 or starkj@ohio.edu

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