The 2013 POWER Challenge has officially ended. The Office of Sustainability was impressed with all of the actions the residence halls took in the fight to be the greenest hall. Since it is a competition, there can only be one winner. The results were extremely close but this year, Apartment Residence Hall took the title. Below is a complete list of how each hall ranked.
1. Apartment Residence Hall
4. Vol Hall
1. Use natural light during the day. There is no need to turn on overhead lights when the sun can shine through your windows! At night, make sure to turn off the lights when you leave the room or when you notice the lights are on in an unoccupied room.
2. Power Down your computer and printer when not in use. Make sure you unplug them too! Phantom energy is a killer when you are trying to cut back on energy usage! Even though you turn your electronics off, they still use up energy while plugged into the wall.
3. Take shorter showers and don’t leave the water running while shaving and brushing your teeth.
4. Report leaky faucets to the front desk. As you personally try to reduce your water consumption, a leaky faucet can seriously hurt your hall during the POWER Challenge by wasting as much as 20 gallons of water a day!
5. Refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle, rot.
- Refuse- ask yourself if you actually NEED something before you buy it.
- Reduce- when you do need something, do not be excessive. Try to minimize the amount of everything you consume whether it be water, energy, or personal products.
- Reuse- reuse old bags when you go shopping, use an old sock that lost its mate to do your dusting and an old towel can be cut up to be used as rags for cleaning.
- Recycle- when you cannot reuse something, make sure you dispose of it properly. UT Recycling has a great guide to what/ where you can recycle!
- Rot- when food waste ends up in the landfill it release methane which is a greenhouse gas that is far more potent than CO2. Composting on the other hand turns food waste back into dirt to grow more food. Composting is live in Morrill Dining and soon to be in PCB. So scrape your food waste into the compost bin when you go to return your plate!
6. Walk, ride a bike, or take the bus to get around! When you must drive a car, carpool and plan strategically in order to consolidate multiple times into just one!
7. BYOM (Bring Your Own Mug) to get-togethers, events, and coffee shops. On campus, bringing your own mug or reusable bottle can save you some money as well. Learn more about The Mug Project from UT Recycling!