College House Competition
Stouffer College House Powers Down to Win!
Penn's Green Campus Partnership runs a three-week competition among all College Houses and Sansom Place to see which residence can reduce its electricity the most over the course of the competition. Students, staff, and faculty in each residence are challenged to reduce their normal electricity usage and help play a role in Penn’s energy conservation initiatives.
|College House||# Eco-Reps in House||% Change||kWh Change|
|Stouffer||5||-14.5||-7,603||#1 in % and absolute|
|Sansom West||9||-3.9||-3211||Sansom East and Sansom West have similar layout, populations, and building systems. A significant difference is that Sansom West had nine Eco-Reps engaged in behavior change leadership and occupant reduction strategies.|
|Kings Court English||0||-0.5||-281|
|Harrison||3||+12.6||+11,783||The high-rise College Houses apartment layout is less conducive to community conservation efforts, and the prevalence of apartment kitchens (with refrigerators and ranges) results in a greater proportion of fixed energy use than other houses. Reliance on fan coil heating (as opposed to radiators) means that electricity use rises during cooler weather. No errors have been found in the baseline, but looking back at FY11 and FY12 data, it appears that all three high rises typically experience drastic changes in electricity usage during this season.|
View the results for this year's competition on the Power Down Challenge Dashboard. Weekly rankings and building energy usage are posted here. You can also make commitments, discuss best practices, and connect to social media. Stay tuned to the dashboard throughout the competition to view your results.
Energy savings are displayed in savings of kWh and dollars. The estimated dollar savings are based on an average rate of $.09/kWh for residential and commercial electricity pricing in our region.
- M.I. Green
- Green Dorm Certification
- Green Fund
- Integrating Sustainability Across the Curriculum
- Green Labs
- Green Office Certification
- Power Down Challenge
- Greek Chapter Certification
- Creating Canopy
The Penn Environmental Group hosts GreenFest each semester, a campus-wide environmental festival.