Plymouth, N.H. –Nearly 200 students living in Pemigewasett Hall have won the 2013 “Do It in the Dark” energy saving competition among Plymouth State residence halls. “Do it in the Dark” is a student-named competition between all the traditional residence halls that encourages saving energy by tracking and comparing reductions in each residence hall’s energy consumption between October 1 and December 1. Students in Grafton Hall placed second with a savings of 11.82%, and a close third for Belknap Hall with 11.63%. Smith Hall took 4th place with 11.21%, followed by Blair at 6.15% savings, Langdon Woods at 5.02% and lastly Mary Lyon 0.77%. On average, each on-campus student spends about $700 each semester on energy costs. Pemigewasset Resident Hall Director Alex Marinelli said the students really wanted to win the competition.
“Pemi residents are very excited about the “Do It In the Dark” competition,” said Marinelli. “We have a large contingent of first year students in the building so they were very excited to leave their mark and the returning students did a great job role modeling sustainability in a safe, yet effective way. Overall, the experience was positive for both the students and the University. Competitions like this are a great way to build community, not only in the residential living areas individually, but across campus, too.”
“Do It in the Dark”, now in its sixth year, is a joint project sponsored by the Office of Environmental Sustainability, the Office of Residential Life, and Physical Plant. Brian Eisenhauer, PSU’s Director of Environmental Sustainability, said the competition not only saves energy; it raises students’ awareness about saving resources.
“We can all do simple things to live more sustainably and lower our energy costs, and competitions like this give us a way to reach a diverse audience of students using incentives they value,” said Eisenhauer. “These types of efforts help us educate students, staff, and faculty about these important sustainability issues, and also play an important role in controlling our operating costs so we can keep tuition as low as possible for students.”
Pemigewasset Hall residents will enjoy half price laundry for the month of February as their prize, courtesy of Laundry Equipment Corporation (LECO) of Manchester, N.H.
Other campus sustainability events scheduled for the academic year include the RecycleMania competition from February 2nd to March 29th, which focuses on raising awareness of recycling. PSU will compete nationally against other colleges and universities as part of our efforts to demonstrate our commitment to sustainability; every two weeks the amount of recycling collected on campus will be weighed and recorded in a database along with schools from across the nation.
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