The Energy Challenge is an annual competition between various campus buildings to save electricity and water, by encouraging Hoosiers to make small behavior changes for sustainable impact. Winners are chosen and resources are saved—all over campus!
How it Works
We're tracking water and electricity savings from building to building, and encouraging sustainable personal action along the way to show impact and celebrate those who: take action, and see impact!
First, before the competition begins, a baseline of water and electricity usage is measured from every building. That way everyone is competing from a level playing field.
Then, campus buildings are grouped by similar use during the competition; ranging from athletic buildings, to administrative offices, to dorms. Eveyone needs a friendly rival to keep the challenge exciting.
Next, progress is tracked throughout the competition, and winners are determined by percent reduction against their OWN baseline—your building, your impact, your collective success!
Finally, one building is deemed the challenge winner based off of the largest percent reduction—taking home overall bragging rights. Honorable mentions are awarded for each building category, and one individual prize is presented to a randomly selected Energy Challenge Pledge signator.
Congrats to our 2018 Champs!
We measured daily from baseline readings to see how much we're able to collectively save—check out the results below!
|760,314 Hours SAVED||106 Signatures||877,416 Gallons SAVED|
Cyberinfrastructure Building—you’re energy saving champs!
The overall campus winner is the Cyberinfrastructure Building, their combined savings accounted for nearly 35% of their energy use during the challenge and made up 9% of energy use and 10% of water use savings for the entire campus!
What you can do to play a role in saving the world
- Take the stairs whenever possible!
- Unplug your devices.
- Turn off the lights whenever you leave the room—including bathrooms, classrooms and meeting spaces!
- Wash your laundry with cold water
- Take short and cooler showers
- Post pictures of how you are saving in the Energy Challenge on social media and use the hashtag #TakeActionSeeImpact!
Nearly 6,400,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity and over 16.7 million gallons of water have been saved. The equivalent of powering more than 5,000 homes and filling 27 Olympic-sized swimming pools!
Not only that, but IU has saved more than $2 million in utility bills and has avoided emitting 20,000+ metric tons of carbon dioxide.
Want to be a champion for your building?
Help ecourage others and be an advocate for sustainablity. The Energy Challenge’s goal is to promote shifts towards sustainable living that persist beyond the conclusion of the challenge.