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Emilie Rex
IU Office of Sustainability

Last modified: Monday, November 5, 2012

IU Bloomington Greenest Floor Challenge at midway point

Nov. 5, 2012

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The first Greenest Floor Challenge at Indiana University Bloomington is off to a successful start. The competition rewards the floor in each residence that green certifies the largest percentage of rooms through the Green Room Certification Program.

The total number of certifications since the competition started is a staggering 149. Currently, two floors are tied for the highest number of certifications on a single floor. Eigenmann's 10th floor and Teter's Boisen C fourth floor both have 11 certifications. Of all the residence halls, Wright has the most total certifications of 35, beating Teter by two.

greenest floor certificate

"We are absolutely thrilled that almost 150 students living in the residence halls have green certified their rooms, and we still have a week and a half left in the competition," said Emilie Rex, assistant director of sustainability. "We are hopeful that these students continue to build community and support sustainability well after the competition."

The competition runs from Oct. 22 to Nov. 12 in conjunction with the Fall 2012 Energy Challenge.

The Green Room Certification Program was designed by IU Office of Sustainability interns, in partnership with Residential Programs and Services, to provide students living in the residence halls an individual or room-by-room framework for reducing their energy and resource consumption, building community and reinforcing sustainability-driven values through personal actions and engaging in curricular and co-curricular sustainability programming.

"So far, we have had a lot of positive feedback from students who are participating in the competition," said Haley Long, coordinator of the challenge and intern for the Office of Sustainability. "Right now certificates are being sent out to students who have 'green certified' their room. I hope that once students have posted these certificates on their doors, awareness of the competition will spread even more among students living on campus."

The Greenest Floor Challenge is one of many ongoing sustainability initiatives at Indiana University. For more information about the challenge, including activity guides, media resources and conservation tips, visit the Green Room Certification website.