Learn about Georgetown's Annual Switch It Off Challenge
Each year, Georgetown's Residence Halls compete to save energy in the annual Switch It Off Challenge. The winner earns the coveted title of Campus Energy Champion, plus fun prizes!
During 5 weeks of competition in the fall of 2012, Georgetown's residence halls saved enough electricity to power about 8 American homes for an entire year.
And the Winners Are...
The New South residence hall reigned as annual champion in 2009 and 2010, saving over 10% each year compared to a baseline year. LXR and Nevils pulled an upset in the fall of 2011, reducing their combined consumption by over 7% during the 5-week competition period.
Click here to learn more about the results of the Fall 2011 competition.
What is it? Georgetown's annual energy competition challenges students to reduce your energy consumption through simple changes in your daily routine. The Switch It Off Challenge is part of Georgetown University's commitment to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by the year 2020 and our efforts to promote a culture of sustainability on campus.
How does it work? It's simple - take a variety of small actions to help decrease energy use in your residence hall and encourage your fellow residents to do the same. The Hall that saves the most energy* wins! The university's department of energy and utility programs and the Georgetown Sustainability Initiative track each hall's energy use and provide updates by email and via monitors near the RHO desks, so you will know where each hall stands during the competition.
Competition Dates: Electricity use is tracked all year, and sometimes there are special competition periods.
How to win: The Hall that saves the most energy* throughout the competition wins!
*Energy savings are measured as a percentage reduction from the electricity used in your building during the same time last year.
- Switch it Off: Turn off the lights when natural light is sufficient and when you leave the room. It's that simple!
- Give it a Rest: Power your computer down when you're away. A computer turned off uses at least 65% less energy than a computer left on or idle on a screen saver.
- Take the Stairs: Use the stairs as often as possible. Elevators consume electricity — You, on the other hand, do not!
For a complete list of the Top 10 Ways to Save, click here
Prizes: Each resident in the winning hall receives an individual prize (often edible!) and earns bragging rights. At the end of the competition, a lasting prize in support of campus sustainability is donated to campus in the name of the winning hall.
Sponsors: The competition is sponsored each year by the Georgetown Sustainability Initiative, Residence Life, University Planning and Facilities Management, the Office of Utilities and Energy Programs, and other partners.