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Bears and Tigers go head-to-head in Campus Conservation Nationals

Universities compete for most improvement in carbon, water reduction
Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Students hang out on campusCan you go an hour without power? Missouri State is competing in the Campus Conservation Nationals throughout the month of April along with 157 universities nationwide. In addition to competing with all of these schools, Missouri State has challenged the University of Missouri to see which school can reduce their carbon footprint and water consumption more during this month.

To make the greatest impact, the office of energy management is asking members of the Missouri State community to:

  • Use natural light and turn off lights
  • Use power strips – and turn them off when possible
  • Unplug everything when not in use
  • Shut down computers
  • Take the stairs instead of elevators
  • Adjust thethermostat to conserve energy
  • Keep windows closed to help reduce heat/air loss

To compete head-to-head with University of Missouri, both universities gathered baseline data throughout the last weeks of March. Each school will compare their April numbers against their own baselines to determine who made greater strides in reductions. The energy dashboard that Missouri State has been using since October 2013 makes these numbers available to the public at all times.

The university is also hosting several events throughout the month. All are free and open to the public.

April 4, 11, 18 and 25
Every Friday throughout April, the campus will be participating in a voluntary Hour without Power from 5-6 p.m. Everyone is asked to flip the switch on all energy-consuming items.

April 7
Come to Glass 102 at 5:30 p.m. for the Campus Conservation Nationals Kickoff Event with special speakers. The documentary Carbon Nation will be shown at 6 p.m.

April 14
Test your knowledge at Energy Trivia at 7 p.m. in the Plaster Student Union foodcourt.

April 21
Collect all the clues on campus to win the Energy Scavenger Hunt. The event will begin at 7 p.m. at the Plaster Student Union bear statue.

April 25
The North Mall by the Bear Paw will be taken over from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. for a campus-wide celebration of Ecopalooza. This is an annual renewable-energy powered concert hosted by Students for a Sustainable Future, which offers music, crafts, activities, and sustainability education for attendees.

“The key to a successful competition will be behavior change. Missouri State has completed many energy efficiency improvements but we also realize that behavior change and education are critical to achieve our conservation goals,” said Jen Cox, associate director of facilities management. “Competitions like the Campus Conservation Nationals are a fun way to engage, educate and empower our campus community to conserve resources and make changes right where they live or where they work.”

For more information, contact Pilar Karlen, energy manager, at (417) 836-8984.



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