Hartley wins epic energy challenge

Congratulations, Hartley, for winning the Energy Challenge! During this month-long energy-reduction spree, you had the highest percentage of decreased energy output out of all the other Columbia dorms. Keep saving the world, and your electricity and water usage.

The Columbia Housing's email announcement is after the jump.

Columbia Housing is pleased to announce a winner of the residential Energy Challenge. Hartley Hall emerged victorious following the close of the 26-day competition, during which residents of participating halls were tasked with reducing electricity output in their respective buildings by undertaking simple, energy-saving actions. Hartley residents achieved a 10.3% reduction in building electricity use over the course of the competition. Their efforts have earned residents a celebration catered by Dining Services, the date and time of which Columbia Housing will determine in consultation with residents.


River Hall came in second place with a 7% reduction in electricity usage over the competition period, and Broadway Hall came in third with a 6.1% reduction in electricity usage. All in all, participating residences achieved a community-wide savings of 4,352 kilowatt hours of electricity, equivalent to 3,946 pounds of averted carbon dioxide. For a complete listing of final standings of participating halls, visit Campus Conservation Nationals’ Lucid Building Dashboard.


Sponsored by The Columbia University Eco Reps, Columbia Housing, the Office of Environmental Stewardship and Residential Programs, The Energy Challenge is an annual initiative organized in participation with the Campus Conservation Nationals, the largest nationwide energy reduction competition on college and university campuses.


The Energy Challenge is just one of many ways that Columbia Housing residents and the University community at-large are contributing to a more sustainable planet. Since 2007, the University has been an on-going participant along with other NYC-based schools in the Mayor’s Carbon Challenge, which tasks participants with reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30%. We encourage residents to continue to practice simple, energy-saving habits to help us achieve our goal.


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