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Energy Challenge

The 6th Annual Energy Challenge will commence in Winter Quarter 2015, Weeks 5-8.

This February (2015) will be the pilot competition year for including water-saving efforts in the annual Residence Energy Challenge.

The Residence Energy Challenge encourages campus residents to examine their power usage and find ways to reduce wasted energy use and to conserve water throughout the whole month of February. This year, the Energy Challenge will have three sub-competitions: one for energy conservation between the "AC League" and "No AC League" buildings, the second for water conservation, and the last for enthusiasm. This means that residence halls that have user control of air conditioning are in the "AC League" group, and those that do not have individual user control are in the "No AC League." Rather than directly rivaling against one another, residence halls attempt to reduce their building's electricity consumption in comparison to historical use, adjusted for changing numbers of residents. Likewise, for the water conservation sub-competition, all participating residence halls will compete with one another for the most water savings compared to their building's historical usage. Students in the top-conserving residence halls for water and in the electricity leagues, and those in the residence halls with the most enthusiasm for both water and energy conservation will win (4 winners total).

In the spirit of the game and competition, the Energy Challenge includes other activities to unify both the Residential Learning Communities (RLCs) on campus and off-campus students under the message of the importance of energy conservation. Activities will include: Zero-Power Hour | For all RLCs | Monday Night Social, from 9 - 10 pm. 

More details coming soon in December 2014, including how to earn enthusiasm points and how to see live competition standings.

Electricity Competitions

AC League
RLCs in user controlled air-conditioned (AC) residence halls
  • Alpha (Graham)
  • Communitas (Campisi)
  • Da Vinci (Casa)
  • Loyola (Sobrato)
No AC League
RLCs in no user controlled air-conditioned (no AC) residence halls
  • Cyphi (Swig)
  • Modern Perspectives (Dunne)
  • Unity (McLaughlin/Walsh)
  • Xavier (Sanfilippo)

Water Competition

  • Alpha (Graham)
  • Communitas (Campisi)
  • Cyphi (Swig)
  • Da Vinci (Casa)
  • Loyola (Sobrato)
  • Modern Perspectives (Dunne)
  • Unity (McLaughlin/Walsh)
  • Xavier (Sanfilippo)

Enthusiasm

(for both electricity and water)
  • Alpha (Graham)
  • Communitas (Campisi)
  • Cyphi (Swig)
  • Da Vinci (Casa)
  • Loyola (Sobrato)
  • Modern Perspectives (Dunne)
  • Nobili
  • Unity (McLaughlin/Walsh)
  • Villas
  • Xavier (Sanfilippo)
Contact Us

Center for Sustainability
Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053 sustainability@scu.edu