RIT Students Team to Reduce Energy Usage on Campus
Competitions in residence halls, Greek housing encouraged a green lifestyle
April 24, 2009
by John Follaco
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Two competitions held in the residential areas of the RIT campus over the past several months have resulted in substantial energy savings and have encouraged students to lead a more environmentally friendly lifestyle.
The offices of Housing Operations and Residence Life promoted a “Power Play” competition in the residence halls while the six fraternity and sorority houses on campus, collectively known as Greek Row, competed against each other in a “Greek & Green” energy savings competition.
The winning cluster of residence halls were Frances Baker Hall, Eugene Colby Hall and Kate Gleason Hall. The residents of these buildings reduced their overall energy consumption by 3.7 percent. Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity emerged victorious in the “Greek & Green” competition, reducing its energy consumption by 15.7 percent.
“The contests were a collaborative effort to increase environmental consciousness, encourage sustainable living and reduce the current strains on energy resources,” says Laura Deyo, a contest organizer and the assistant director for student services in RIT’s Office of Housing Operations.