Hoyas, this fall, we challenge YOU to save energy and help cut carbon in Georgetown University’s 6th ANNUAL SWITCH IT OFF CHALLENGE!
Switch It Off is a friendly, 5-week competition between Residence Halls to save energy. It runs through November 30th, 2014.
The grand prize includes an iPad and solar charger for use by each winning hall, plus gift cards and pizza parties for all residents in the winning halls. Check out the details below on how to help your hall win!
purpose and impact
Why the Challenge? The Switch It Off Challenge is part of Georgetown University's effort to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and create a culture of sustainability on campus. Switch If Off encourages students to reduce energy consumption through conscious daily choices, and to engage your fellow Hoyas in the effort!
Impact: In recent years, Hoyas have saved over 84,000 kWh in just 5 weeks through the Switch It Off Challenge. That's enough to power 8 typical US homes for a year.
3 Ways to Win: Residence Halls can compete to win two hall-wide titles, including Most Energy Savings and Highest Participation. Additionally, individual prizes will be awarded weekly as part of a social media photo competition throughout November!
When: The 2014 challenge runs October 27 through November 30, with photo contest winners announced weekly throughout November and hall-wide winners announced in December.
How to get involved: It's simple - follow these 3 steps below to help bring your hall to victory:
Step 1: Take the Switch It Off Challenge Pledge, a personal commitment to help save energy on campus. You’ll help your hall win for Highest Participation, and research shows that people who pledge action are more likely to follow through.
Step 2: Follow these Top 10 Ways to Save Energy - simple everyday actions that add up to a big impact. Of course, feel free to get creative and come up with your own ways to save!
Step 3: Show off energy conservation in action! Post a selfie or group photo of your energy-saving tips on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with tags #GUSwitchItOff and @sustainableGU to enter the Switch It Off Social Media Challenge. Show off your #Hoya sustainability pride and be entered for a chance to win local gift cards.
Prizes: The two winning halls will each be awarded an iPad with a solar charger, which student sustainability leaders in the hall can choose how to distribute. In addition, all residents in the winning hall will be treated to a pizza party and other goodies like local gift cards. The winners of the weekly social media challenge will be recognized with a local gift card.
Measuring Success: Energy savings are measured as a percentage reduction in electricity use compared to a baseline from a prior year, and participation is measured as the percentage of a hall's residents that take the Switch It Off Pledge.
Weekly Standings: We will track and display each hall's standings on a weekly basis throughout the competition. RSVP for Switch It Off on Facebook, and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for weekly updates. You can also check out this link to download the data or learn more about how the baseline year was set.
Pre-Season Performance: Here's how each hall was doing heading in to the competition!
Switch It Off 2014 is a university initiative made possible through the collaborative efforts of the Office of Sustainability, Residential Living, University Planning & Facilities Management, the Office of Utilities & Energy Programs, EcoAction, Georgetown Energy, and other partners across campus and in the community.