Students save record amount of CO2, water in annual competition
May 11, 2007
By Elizabeth Boyle
Just for making a few slight changes in their day-to-day routines -- reporting a leaky faucet or turning off the lights before leaving a room -- more than 100 residents of Treudley Hall and Wray House will be boarding buses on Sunday morning for an all-day excursion to Cedar Point, courtesy of Ohio University's Housing Office and Auxiliary Services.
The students are winners of the 2007 Residence Challenge, an annual inter-hall competition coordinated by the Office of Resource Conservation. They helped to obtain a record-breaking savings of more than 100 tons of CO2 and approximately 700 kilogallons of water.
The competition, now in its seventh year, is an Ohio University initiative that addresses climate change and resource conservation in the 41 residence halls, where more than 7,000 students live, work and play.
Throughout the seven weeks of 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 as much as 40 percent in some halls through conservation behaviors such as taking shorter showers and reporting leaks.
Wray House solidified its win on South Green with a cumulative water and electricity savings rate of 13.32 percent over the course of the competition. 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. On East Green, Lincoln Hall eked out a narrow win over Jefferson Hall, with a combined cumulative savings rate of 10.82 percent. Residents of Lincoln Hall will be traveling to Cedar Point on Saturday, May 26.
For more information on the Residence Challenge, contact Resource Conservation Coordinator Sonia Marcus at 740-593-0026 or firstname.lastname@example.org.