News Release: Student Life, Sustainability

Oct. 3,  2008

Emory Employees, Students Can Win $1,000 in Annual Building Energy Competition

Students and employees of Emory University have the opportunity to win $1,000 towards a sustainable reward while helping the university become more sustainable. By conserving energy during October and throughout the year, they will help Emory reach its goal of reducing energy use by 25 percent by 2015.

From Oct. 1 through Oct. 31, Emory’s Campus Services department will measure the energy use in every building on campus; that includes academic, administration and residence halls. A $1,000 sustainable prize will be awarded to the building with the greatest energy reduction during the month of October, when compared to 2007 levels.  

Residents of McTyeire Hall won the last competition by reducing their energy use by 43 percent during the month.
Conservation tips distributed to students, faculty and staff include:

  • Give computers the night off – unplug them.
  • Respect Emory’s thermostat policy: 74 degrees in summer; 68 degrees in winter.
    • Give computers a coffee break – click monitors off.
    • Watch your watts by unplugging cell phone chargers.
    • Take the stairs instead of the elevators.
    • For laboratories: Got a fume hood? Lower your sash.


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