Campus-wide efforts to reduce energy consumption are getting national attention. BGSU won the statewide portion of the Campus Conservation Nationals, the first real-time, nationwide electricity and water use reduction competition, and came in sixth place nationally.
The Alliance to Save Energy, in partnership with Lucid Design Group and the National Wildlife Federation, established the event, in which schools compete to achieve the greatest reductions in their residence halls over a three-week period. From Nov. 1-19, 40 colleges and universities reduced electricity consumption by 508,694 kilowatt-hours, saving $50,209. BGSU saw an 11.4 percent reduction.
"It shows that collectively, we — in this case, the residential students — really can make a noticeable difference in saving energy and money, as well as benefitting the environment just by altering our behaviors a little," said Dr. Nick Hennessy, sustainability coordinator. "It means that sustainability makes sense - economically, environmentally, and from a social responsibility viewpoint."