The Power Down Challenge
January 28, 2014, Volume 60, No. 20
The Power Down Challenge is Penn’s annual campus energy reduction competition in select residential and non-residential buildings. During the competition, building residents are asked to try and reduce their energy use the most over a multi-week period and raise awareness of the environmental impacts of energy usage.
The Power Down Challenge will be held from February 3-March 2, 2014 in all 11 Penn College Houses and seven non-residential campus buildings.
College House Competition
The residential buildings in the competition are the 11 College Houses and Sansom Place, which is the same as in previous years.
In the College Houses, the energy savings results will be tallied based on two different measurements of reduction: percent reduction in average daily kWh usage and reduction in average daily kWh use per capita. The buildings with the largest reductions in each of these categories will be recognized as overall winners.
Last year’s winner was the Stouffer College House.
Campus Building Competition
The non-residential buildings competing in this year’s competition are:
• Towne Building, SEAS
• Meyerson Hall, School of Design
• Biomedical Research Building II, Perelman School of Medicine
• Williams Hall, SAS
• Law School Complex
• Graduate School of Education
• Huntsman Hall, Wharton
In the non-residential buildings, the energy savings results will be tallied based on two different measurements of reduction: % reduction in average daily kWh usage and reduction in average daily kWh use per square foot. The buildings with the largest reductions in each of these categories will be recognized as overall winners.
Last year’s winner was the Jaffe Building.
New this Year: Data Collection
Data for the competition will be collected by Operations and Maintenance staff in Facilities and Real Estate Services using the new remote-reading software system. This software corresponds with the campus-wide meter renovation and allows for data to be collected using an electronic system instead of manually reading the meters. Buildings not yet installed with these new meters are not able to compete this year—but everyone is still encouraged to learn about ways to save electricity and help Penn move towards its Climate Action Plan goals.
Posting of Results—Tuesdays
Daily electricity meter readings will be posted to the online Dashboard weekly. The competition will measure electricity usage within the designated building.
The Green Campus Partnership will post results and information via email, social media (@GreenPenn), the Green Campus Partnership website and the online competition Dashboard. Results will be posted on Tuesdays with data from the previous week.
Power Down Challenge Champions will be announced on Wednesday, March 5.
Awards include cash prizes and certificates of recognition.