In brief: Dickinson College cracks top 10 in national energy conservation contest
More than 265,000 students at 109 colleges and universities across the U.S. and Canada collectively saved more than 2.2 million kilowatt hours of electricity through the Campus Conservation Nationals 2014 contest.
Dickinson College in Carlisle ranked in the top 10 for electricity reduction between Feb. 3 and April 25. Average energy reduction among those schools was 17.2 percent.
During the contest, students, faculty and staff unplugged unused electronics, took shorter showers and turned off lights in common areas to see which campus buildings could reduce energy and water use the most. The participants held events, utilized social media and launched marketing campaigns to motivate others on campus to make changes.
The contest also produced water savings of nearly 476,000 gallons.
This was the fourth year for the CCN, which is jointly organized by the U.S. Green Building Council, Lucid, the National Wildlife Federation and the Alliance to Save Energy.