Power Down Challenge 2009/2010 Results

February 2, 2010

Before leaving for Winter Break, 345 residents of Hill College House pledged to “power down and unplug” their lights and appliances, leading Hill to victory in the inaugural College House Power Down Challenge over Kings Court / English and Rodin.

Between the three houses and 1750 residents, approximately 770, or 44% of the cumulative student total, pledged to turn off lights and electronics to prevent unnecessary energy consumption over Winter Break. While they signed up members of their respective College Houses, Penn Eco-Reps handed out over 300 compact fluorescent light bulbs for residents to use in the spring semester.

Baseline data was collected for all College Houses’ energy consumption for the duration of the holiday break, as well as the weeks leading up to and following the break for comparison in future competitions.

Final participation results for the three competing College Houses are as follows:

Hill – 345 pledges (65%)
Kings Court / English – 172 pledges (48%)
Rodin – 256 pledges (30%)


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