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IU Energy Challenge

Last modified: Monday, April 12, 2010

Midway through the Energy Challenge, competition remains fierce

April 12, 2010

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Two weeks into the 2010 IU Energy Challenge, the 11 residence halls, 26 Greek houses, and eight academic buildings participating in the competition have saved significant amounts of electricity and water.

With Collins leading the way and Eigenmann in second, the residence halls have already saved 1,104,101 gallons of water and 425,324 kWh of electricity. Utility usage for the residence halls is 16 percent below the total expected at this point in the third annual Energy Challenge.

Energy Challenge 2010 Update

Zeta Tau Alpha and Kappa Alpha Theta are leading the Greek Energy Challenge. Cumulatively, the 26 participating fraternity and sorority houses have saved 373,000 gallons of water and 5,510 kWh of electricity, and their usage is 22 percent below expected.

The pilot portion of Energy Challenge involving academic buildings also is making strides in conservation. At 4 percent below their expected cumulative usage, the eight buildings have extended the challenge's reach. The Geology Building is leading the pack with the SPEA Building in a close second.

The savings are the result of the increasing involvement of focus groups across the IU campus and the enthusiastic embrace the Energy Challenge has received from its competitive participants. Focus groups directing their efforts toward the competition include: E-force at Collins, the Environmental Issues floor in Eigenmann, the Kelley Living Learning Center based in McNutt, Greeks Go Green, and academic building Green Teams. These groups act as advocates within their buildings and the savings achieved at the halfway point shows the catalytic power they possess to influence utility consumption at Indiana University.

The competition will end on Earth Day, 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