Campus Building Competition

The Power Down Challenge for campus buildings is a month-long energy reduction competition among a select group of non-residential buildings representing various schools and centers. Occupants compete to see which building can reduce its electricity use the most over the course of the competition and contribute to Penn's energy conservation goals.

2015 Competition

Every week, each building’s electricity consumption will be calculated and standings results posted on this website and in participating building lobbies. The 2015 competition will be based on two different measurements of reduction: 

  • Percent reduction in average daily kWh usage and
  • Reduction in average daily kWh use per square foot

All reductions are based on a comparison to a baseline electricity usage determine for each building. Each building's consumption will be posted weekly.  The winning building for each category will receive a $750 prize and any additional buildings achieving a 10% reduction will receive a $250 prize.

Participating Buildings

The 9 buildings participating in this year's competition are:

  • 3815 Walnut Street (SP2) - first year in the competition
  • Biomedical Research Building II (PSOM) - second year in the competition
  • Claudia Cohen Hall (SAS) - first year in the competition
  • Franklin Building - third time competing, winner in 2011
  • Huntsman Hall (Wharton) - third year in the competition, had largest absolute decrease in usage in 2012
  • Levine Hall (SEAS) - second time competing
  • Meyerson Hall (Design) - third time competing, winner in 2014
  • Penn Law (all buildings) - second year competing
  • Pottruck (Athletics) -second time competing

Last Year's Results

During the spring 2014 competition, Meyerson Hall won in both categories with 7.57% and 5 kwh/1000sq.ft reductions in electricity use.