Waterloo, ON, March 23, 2012—
It’s amazing what a difference a few days can make – and at Laurier’s Waterloo campus that was made even clearer during a recent energy competition that resulted in savings of more than $1,500.
The first-ever Residence Energy Competition was held March 12 to 16 at sub-metered residences in Waterloo. Overall, the Energy Competition saved $1,513 and resulted in an energy reduction of 15,143 kilowatt hours (kWh). To put that in perspective, a 100-watt light bulb that is on for 10 hours would equal one kilowatt hour, or 1 kWh. The competition also averted 5,672 pounds of carbon dioxide, which is equivalent to taking 1,009 vehicles off the road.
The event was managed by newly appointed sustainability reps in all of the residences, and participants were able to see the results in real time on Laurier’s new energy dashboard, available at: http://buildingdashboard.net/wilfrid/#/wilfrid/.
“It’s been such a success considering this is the first time we’ve ever run this competition,” said Laurier Sustainability Coordinator Claire Bennett. “This level of success wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work of the sustainability reps and it just shows what we can do on an ongoing basis.”
The top three energy saving winners were Bouckaert Hall, Bricker Residence, and 50 University Place. The students in these residences reduced their energy consumption by 32.9 per cent, 30.7 per cent and 23.7 per cent respectively.
“Looking at the dashboard statistics you can clearly see that students made a real effort to conserve and reduce their energy consumption over the week,” said Samantha Tremmel, a campus council advisor on Laurier’s Sustainability Council.
The next Residence Energy Competition will be held Saturday, March 31, in conjunction with Earth Hour activities being run by Laurier’s EcoHawks. The EcoHawks work to raise awareness of environmental issues, promote sustainable living and encourage the reduction of individuals' ecological footprints.
Laurier unveiled the new sustainability dashboard in January after receiving a significant investment of $150,000 from the President’s Innovation Seed Fund. The funds went towards sub-metering buildings at the Waterloo campus so they could be connected to the dashboard. Approximately 30 buildings on Laurier’s Waterloo campus have already been sub-metered, with the goal of completing 40 buildings, including several sites at the Brantford campus and Kitchener location, by next summer.
For more information, please contact:
Director, Communications & Public Affairs
Wilfrid Laurier University
519-884-0710 ext. 3070