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Luther College to compete in Campus Conservation Nationals

Mon, Oct 25th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

DECORAH, Iowa-Luther College will compete in Campus Conservation Nationals, Nov. 1-19, participating in the first real-time, nationwide electricity and water use reduction competition.

Luther students will compete against students from 40 leading colleges and universities across North America to achieve the greatest resource reductions in their residence halls over a three-week period.

Designed to empower the future generation of energy and environmental leaders, the competition is meant to foster a culture of conservation within campus communities.

Alliance to Save Energy, in partnership with Lucid Design Group and the National Wildlife Federation, designed the competition to leverage the momentum of popular dorm energy competitions and extend the playing field to include rival institutions from across the country.

"After discussing the competition with other institutions in the Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability, participating in the competition was the appropriate next step for Luther," said Dan Bellrichard, Luther Sustainability Coordinator.

Participating schools will be able to instantly compare their performance and track their standings among the leading schools and buildings using Lucid Design Group's Building Dashboard, a website that instantly shares the campus' electricity and water use.

To see Luther's Dashboard, visit www.buildingdashboard.net/luther/.

"We are excited to be part of the first nationwide competition to reduce electricity and water usage in residential halls on campus," said Bellrichard. "This will be a great way for the Luther community to learn and practice conservation techniques that can be done by anyone in their daily life."

Institutions competing with Luther during the competition include Brown University, Columbia University, the Ohio State University, the University of California San Diego, University of British Columbia, and numerous other colleges and universities.

Winning campuses and residence halls will be awarded a prize package provided by the U.S. Green Building council and Study Like a Champion.

"While it would be great to win, our main priorities are to see usage reductions and to show people that simple behavior changes by many people can have a big impact," said Bellrichard.

To learn more about the national competitions and other Luther sustainability initiatives, visit the Website www.luther.edu/sustainability.

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