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Last modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Ashton Residence Center, Phi Mu Sorority and DeVault Alumni Center lead IUís second Fall Energy Challenge

Nov. 1, 2011

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Nearing the end of the IU Energy Challenge, the 12 residence halls, 19 academic buildings and nine Greek houses competing are continuing to conserve.

Ashton Residence Center leads the residence hall competition, consuming 82 percent of its expected usage. Teter and McNutt are close behind, consuming 83 percent and 92 percent of their respective baselines. Overall, the residence halls have saved 54,489 kWh of electricity, which is equivalent to about 80 average homes for the same period. The residence halls are currently exceeding their baseline in water usage.

In the competition among the Greek houses, Phi Mu sorority is in first place, using 89 percent of its expected electricity and water. Using 92 percent of its baseline, Kappa Delta sorority is in second place, followed by Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, last spring's winner.

The DeVault Alumni Center, consuming 62 percent of its expected usage, is leading the academic building competition. Jordan Hall is a close second, consuming 73 percent, with Woodburn Hall in third place. Overall, the academic buildings have saved 159,505 kWh of electricity, which is equivalent to 234 average homes, and 800,958 gallons of water, equivalent to about 100 tanker trucks, these first two weeks.

These savings are due in part to the enthusiastic efforts of campus groups such as Greeks Go Green, academic building Green Teams, the Residence Halls Association and its Center EcoReps.

The competition will end Wednesday (Nov. 2). Winners will be announced at the tree planting in Dunn Meadow at 10 a.m. on Nov. 11. 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