Students compete in energy reduction challenge
The annual Residence Energy Challenge (REC) is on! Students living in residence buildings will band together to conserve energy in their separate buildings. The aim of the challenge is to involve more residents and conserve more energy than any other residence. The money saved from the lower energy bills is invested into sustainable retrofits within the residence buildings.
“The REC is about more than reducing energy consumption during the challenge. It is also about combining individual student actions and encouraging voluntary involvement to conserve energy in support of greater cohesive movements to address global issues,” says Main Campus Residence Council Sustainability Coordinator Lauren Long. “The Residence Energy Challenge aims to develop a strong sustainability-oriented culture at Queen's.”
The energy consumption of each building will be monitored over a three-week period beginning October 24 and compared with consumption during the same weeks last year. The percentage of residents that pledge to reduce their consumption on-line at greenteam.mcrcweb.org/rec.php will also be included in the calculation.
On November 14, the building that conserved the most energy with the highest resident participant rate compared to last year will be awarded free admission to the glow-in-the-dark party on November 27. Individual residents who are observed performing individual acts of sustainability will receive a ballot from their dons that will be entered raffle for prizes.
Last year, the energy conserved during REC was equivalent to the energy needed to power three houses in Ontario for a whole year.