Hollins University is among the more than 100 colleges and universities across the country participating in Campus Conservation Nationals (CCN) 2012, an electricity and water use reduction competition.
The contest is sponsored by The Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) through its Students Program and in partnership with Lucid, Alliance to Save Energy, and the National Wildlife Federation.
Between February 6 and April 23, Hollins will compete with other colleges and universities to achieve the greatest reductions in energy consumption in their residence halls over a three-week period. Five residence halls on the Hollins campus (East, Main, Randolph, Tinker, and West) will also compete against one another. Hollins has designated April 2 – 23 as the time frame in which it will take part in the contest, which nationally has a challenge goal of reaching one gigawatt-hour of energy savings.
“CCN is a great opportunity to organize students to make immediate and lasting impacts on our carbon emissions and campus culture,” said Hollins Energy Manager Jesse Freedman. “And, using Lucid’s Building Dashboard, Hollins and other participating schools will be able to instantly compare performance, share winning strategies, and track standings among the leading schools and buildings.” Both the campus community and general public can follow the competition’s progress at http://www.buildingdashboard.net/hollins/.
During the CCN 2010 pilot, 40 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada participated in a similar competition, during which they were able to reduce energy consumption by 508,000 kilowatt-hours. This competition saved $50,200 from campus costs and averted 816,000 pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
“The 2012 competition intends to build on that success,” said Freedman. “It encourages students at Hollins and other schools to brainstorm innovative solutions for how we can save energy and cut costs.”
“Campus Conservation Nationals will help students recognize the significant impact sustainable behaviors can have on a campus and in a community,” said Pat Lane, USGBC Students Program lead at The Center for Green Schools. “This will be the largest national competition of its kind and will have far-reaching impact showing students that a collective effort, along with a desire to better the built environment, can lead to positive and lasting change.”
To learn more about the competition, visit www.CompeteToReduce.org.