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IU Energy Challenge

Last modified: Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Kelley School of Business, Kappa Alpha Theta and Briscoe lead IU's fifth Energy Challenge

April 13, 2011

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Last week marked the midway point of the Spring 2011 Indiana Energy Challenge, with the 12 residence halls, 17 academic buildings and 17 Greek houses at IU Bloomington conserving more than ever.

Briscoe Residence Center leads the residence hall competition, consuming 14 percent below its expected usage. The newly-constructed Union Street Center and Willkie are close behind in second and third place, respectively. Overall, the residence halls have saved 72,172 kWh of electricity, equivalent to the usage of 144 average homes for the same time period.

Briscoe Quad

Briscoe Residence Center leads the Energy Challenge residence halls competition at the midway point.

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In the competition among the Greek houses, Kappa Alpha Theta sorority is in first place, using 18 percent less than expected electricity and water. Using 8 percent less than its baseline, Alpha Gamma Delta sorority is in second place, followed by Alpha Omicron Pi sorority in third.

The Kelley School of Business, consuming 32 percent below its expected usage, is leading the academic building competition. Geological Sciences/Survey -- last spring's winner -- is in a close second, with Woodburn in third place.

Overall, the academic buildings saved 109,759 kWh of electricity, equivalent to the usage of 218 average homes, and 253,175 gallons of water, equivalent to the amount held in 33 large tanker trucks, during the first two weeks of the challenge. Jordan Hall has been removed from the competition because of a dramatic increase in water consumption caused by cooling equipment renovations. Simon Hall has temporarily been removed from the competition as well, pending investigation of abnormally high water usage during the first week.

These savings are due in part to the enthusiastic efforts of campus groups such as Greeks Go Green, NetImpact, academic building Green Teams, the Residence Halls Association and its Center Directors of Environmentalism, which have demonstrated the power of students, faculty and staff in helping Indiana University become a more sustainable campus.

The competition will end on Wednesday, April 20. Winners will be announced at the Office of Sustainability Internship Symposium on Friday, April 22.

For more information about the competition, emerging results, and tips for conserving energy and water, visit More information about the Indiana University Office of Sustainability can be found at