Last modified: Friday, November 16, 2012
Winners of IU Bloomington Fall Energy Challenge announced
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Nov. 16, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, IN. -- This week marked the end of the 2012 IU Fall Energy Challenge, with Recreation Sports, Military Science, Forest Quad, Campus View, Sigma Alpha Mu and Alpha Chi Omega all taking home first-place trophies.
The Fall 2012 Energy Challenge was a three-week effort that spanned from Oct. 22 to Nov. 12. The competition encouraged reduction of electricity and water consumption and was designed to foster behavioral changes in students, faculty and staff. This year's challenge had a record number of 82 building entries, which prompted event coordinators to split the buildings into six categories: academic houses, large academic buildings, sorority houses, fraternity houses, residence halls and apartment housing complexes.
Trophies were presented to the winning buildings and residences Nov. 14 at the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center. Winners received unique traveling trophies that consist of recycled parts of valves, meters and other used components.
"Thanks to full metering of buildings on campus, we had a record number of participants in what was already one of the largest campus energy competitions in the country," IU Director of Sustainability Bill Brown said. "While the savings some of the buildings are able to achieve during the competition is incredible, even more important is the fact that these new conservation habits are persistent, which extends the savings throughout the year."
Winners in each category included:
- Large academic buildings: First, Recreational Sports Center; second, W.W. Wright Education Building; third, Myers Hall
- Academic houses: First, Military Science; second, Graduate and Professional Student Organization; third, Wilcox House
- Residence halls: First, Forest Quad; second, Read Hall; third, Eigenmann Hall
- Residence apartments: First, Campus View; second, Third and Union; third, University Apartments East
- Greek interfraternity houses: First, Sigma Alpha Mu; second, Alpha Epsilon Pi; third, Phi Kappa Psi
- Greek PanHellenic houses: First, Alpha Chi Omega; second, Delta Delta Delta; third, Phi Mu
These 18 buildings had savings of 350,868 gallons and 65,124 kilowatt hours compared to their baseline usage.
To learn more about sustainability-related programming and events, visit the IU Office of Sustainability. For more information about the 2012 Fall Energy Challenge and tips for conserving electricity and water, visit the IU Energy Challenge website.