Chico State students excel in national conservation competition

May 16, 2014 1:09 PM

Chico State on campus residents led the way this year in a national competition to conserve electricity and water.

Final results have Chico State in the top 10 for the 2014 Campus Conservation Nationals. There were 109 campuses participating in the United States and Canada.

For three weeks during the spring semester, more than 400 Shasta and Lassen Hall residents competed to reduce energy consumption compared to baseline energy use established earlier in the semester.

Not only did the students’ efforts place CSU, Chico in the top 10 nationally, but the amount of energy they reduced was the highest of any school in the competition.

“The students, mostly through changes in behavior, were able to conserve over 7,500 kilowatt hours in just three weeks–cutting electricity consumption in both buildings by nearly 20 percent as soon as the competition started–and then holding that reduction, with slight increases, for the duration,” said Fletcher Alexander, campus sustainability coordinator for CSU, Chico’s Institute for Sustainable Development. “This is a tremendous achievement by our students and shows their commitment to conservation.”

More than 265,000 students in all participated in the competition. Other schools honored were Appalachian State University, Bard College, Berea College, Dickinson College, Louisiana State University, Loyola University Maryland, Portland State University, Wake Forest University and Western Carolina University.


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