This year marks the 7th Annual Sustainability Challenge. It began on National Campus Sustainability, Wednesday, October 21, 2015 and will go through Friday, November 13th, ending with Texas Recycles Day. Throughout the fall semester, On Campus Aggies have opportunities to learn about sustainability, engage in conservation activities and do service to promote sustainable practices. Utilities conservation for students living on campus involves practices like: shorter showers, only full loads of laundry, reduced use of electric dryers, turning lights and appliances off when not in use, and changing to energy efficient lamps. Most students have some sustainable practices already and so it is a matter of increasing awareness and options for them to expand their contributions. The goals, as put forward by Residence Hall Association leaders who started this revolution, are: to promote individual sustainability awareness among students; to encourage sustainability habits, particularly among new students; and to build a sense of community within halls via spirit of challenge/competition.
Since 2009, the Department of Residence Life along with the Residence Hall Association, Utilities & Energy Services, Transportation Services and the Office of Sustainability, has facilitated a competition between residence hall communities around energy. Additionally, Siemens has been the sponsor of Challenge rewards every year. Challenge rewards have included: shower timers, 2GB thumb drives, pizza parties, and water bottle filling stations. Different halls have achieved recognition for their efforts each year. Underwood was the first to receive water-bottle filling stations on each floor from Johnson Controls Inc. Some of the activities have provided participants with t-shirts or other individual recognition, as well as counting toward overall hall standing in the competition. Mosher Hall won the UES 2014 Energy Challenge, after reducing its consumption the most compared to the previous year. Thanks to Siemens Engineering Company, UES was able to reward Mosher Hall with a pizza party, as well as awarding them with the inaugural UES Energy Challenge Plaque, which will be passed from dorm to dorm as the challenge continues through the years. For 2015, the week of November 2nd through 6th is scheduled for utilities conservation and energy challenge.
You can read about the 2014 challenge HERE.