Campus Conservation Nationals 2012 – WFU in Top 5 for water conservation!April 27, 2012
Congratulations Bostwick & Johnson Hall residents for winning the WFU CCN2012 by reducing their electrical energy use by 12.2%!
Congratulations Collins Hall residents for winning WFU CCN2012 by reducing their water consumption by 16.2%!
Total Energy Saved at WFU 8,445 kWh
Total Water Saved at WFU 104,706 gallons (one of the top 5 schools in water conservation)
Total Energy saved in 1191 buildings entering the competition all over the US: 1,739,746 kWh resulting in a reduction of 2,642,287 lbs. of CO2 with a saving of $157,925
Collectively CCN2012 saved enough energy to take 151 average sized homes off the electrical grid for 1 year!
CCN2012 was the first time WFU participated in a Residence Hall conservation competition and our students responded very favorably.
WFU was one of the top 5 reducers of water in this competition out of all the schools competing. One of the most positive aspects seen of our WFU student body was the number of students listed on the Energy Dashboard who committed to conserve - 3,456. By committing to conserve through their social media accounts, students show their interest in being more responsible citizens of the world.
Commitments to Conserve:
South Hall 256
Bostwick and Johnson 368
Total Freshman Residence Halls 2630
Total other buildings 826
Total all campus 3456
Students, faculty and staff watched the competition with keen interest from March 30th to April 20th. In the beginning, several students thought that South Hall would have the advantage because of more modern building systems. Since the competition is only for the elements that can be affected by students themselves, we explained this was not the case. Heating or cooling were not considered during the competition as they are supplied from the campus physical plants. The competition was only about which residence hall students could conserve the most with activities such as turning off lighting, turning off plug loads and reducing the consumption of electricity and water.
Facilities & Campus Services and Residence Life & Housing partnered in some of the programs for promoting CCN2012. The light bulb swap program was effective when students were asked to swap their incandescent bulbs with CFL bulbs. The bulbs had a tag explaining the competition and the website information. Informational t- shirts were distributed to the student leaders who went and talked to others door to door to explain the significance of the competition.
During the first two weeks, usage was lower than the baseline and, by the third week, climbing usage levels began to average closer to the baseline. Some results were impacted by the fact that, although the newer buildings had more efficient systems, they had less occupant control.
We have learned a lot regarding communication with our students and staff from this experience. Residence Hall Captains have also learned what steps they need to take in the future to be more effective in their communication and outreach programs. Facilities & Campus Services would like to thank all the freshman students for participating and Residence Life & Housing for helping students with day-to-day activities.
We look forward to this competition next year with more fun, enthusiasm and love for our planet.
Energy Manager, WFU