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Anderson Hall wins first week of sustainability contest

11/10/2010

Anderson is the winning residence hall for week one of The Unplugged, Untapped ... Game On! sustainability competition sponsored by housing, dining and guest services' (HDGS') improved efficiency committee.

The competition for residence halls began this week and continues through next week, ending Nov. 19. The goal of the competition is to have students think about and reduce their use of electricity and water.

Anderson had nearly a 36 percent reduction in its electricity usage, which would translate into annual savings of $8,695 if they could maintain this reduction pace throughout the year. Minnich Hall came in second with more than a 25 percent reduction. McBride Hall had a 24 percent usage reduction.

“Anderson’s reduction is a significant improvement over last year’s first week results winner, which reduced electrical usage by 10 percent. We are very excited and encouraged by how engaged the students are in this year’s competition. Our hope, of course, is that students will sustain their reduction efforts throughout the entire year, not just during the competition,” said Matt Frericks, HDGS’ improved energy efficiency committee chair.

To be eligible to participate, residence hall students (including Heritage Commons apartments) must go to the Unplugged, Untapped … Game On! Facebook page, take the pledge to actively participate in the competition and add their name in the “notes” section.

Those who pledge will be automatically entered to win one of 100 $15 iTunes gift cards drawn weekly during the competition. In addition, an all-hall pizza party will be awarded each week to the residence hall demonstrating the largest reduction in electrical use on a per student basis during the previous week.

At the end of the competition, one grand prize will be awarded to the residence hall that demonstrates the greatest reduction in both electricity and water use on a per student basis over the three-week period. The grand prize includes an all-hall pizza party, aluminum water bottles and the grand champion trophy. President David Hodge will announce the Grand Champion winner during various athletic events happening toward the end of the month.

There are many ways individuals are already showing their support for the competition, including: turning off lights and TVs when leaving the room; powering down the computer overnight and during the weekends; unplugging cell phone chargers when not in use; using the washer and dryer only when there is a full load of laundry; turning off the water while brushing teeth; and, showering in five minutes or less.

Miami’s participation this year is part of a nationwide contest among colleges and universities. The competition is a partnership with the Alliance to Save Energy, Lucid Design Group, National Wildlife Federation, and the Ohio Board of Regents. The goals are not only to reduce energy costs, but to empower students to conserve resources in their residences, and create a culture of conservation on campus.

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