Switch It Off Challenge

Help save energy and cut carbon emissions this fall by participating in Georgetown University’s 7th Annual Switch It Off Challenge!  This friendly, month-long competition between GU Residential Communities runs from October 17th to November 13th, 2016. Find details below on how to help your Community win!

purpose and impact

Why the Challenge? Switch It Off is part of the University's effort to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and create a culture of sustainability on campus. The competition encourages Hoyas to reduce energy waste through conscious daily choices. Its purpose is two-fold, helping Georgetown meet our goal of cutting our greenhouse gas emissions in half by the year 2020 while also building sustainable habits that Hoyas will carry with them on the Hilltop and beyond.

Impact: In recent years, Hoyas have saved over 28,000 kWh in just 5 weeks through the Switch It Off Challenge. At this rate over the school year, Hoyas would save enough electricity to power 17 average US homes for a year - nearly $85,000 worth of energy.

Competition Leaderboard

View the competition leaderboard, below, to see which residential communities are saving the most energy compared to a 2015 baseline! Use the up and down arrows at the bottom to see all the competing Communities.

competition details

How to compete: Follow the 3 steps below to help bring your community to victory!

Save Energy

Step 1: SAVE ENERGY! Follow these Top 10 Ways to Save Energy - simple everyday actions that add up to a big impact. Feel free to get creative and come up with your own ways to save! The residential community that saves the most electricity compared to October 2015 baseline data will win in the category of Most Energy Savings.

  • PRIZES: The Community that saves the most energy will win a catered study break, and will also win 3 solar-powered, wireless speakers to be awarded to residents. 
Switch it Off Pledge

Step 2: TAKE THE PLEDGE! Take the Switch It Off Challenge Pledge, a personal commitment to help save energy on campus. You’ll help your community win in the award category of Highest Participation, and you might even give your community an edge in saving energy - research shows that people who pledge action are more likely to follow through!

  • PRIZES: The Community with highest participation will win 3 solar-powered wireless speakers to be awarded to residents.

Step 3: COMPETE ON SOCIAL MEDIA! Post a selfie or group photo of your energy-saving tip(s) on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with #switchitoffGU and @sustainableGU to enter the Switch It Off Social Media Contest. You'll be entered for a chance to win Weekly Individual Prizes. Follow @sustainableGU for details throughout the month!

  • PRIZES: Weekly prizes to include gift cards to local businesses and cool solar-powered electronics! Tune in to @sustainableGU for details each week!

Energy Dashboard

For the first time this year, Georgetown is using the Lucid Building Dashboard platform to track and compare the real-time energy use by Residential Communities and other select buildings on campus.

Click on the icons below to view dashboard data from any device, or click the dashboard image to access the full Energy Dashboard from your laptop or desktop.



Don't see an icon for your Residential Community above? Unfortunately, not all communities could be included in the first phase of the Dashboard due to meter limitations. But, don't worry - all GU Residential Communities can compete for Highest Participation! We will explore adding additional buildings to the Dashboard in the future.

Supported by

Switch It Off 2016 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 and other partners across campus and in the community.

Thanks to Coca-Cola for sponsoring the development of the Georgetown University Building Energy Dashboard!