• Campus Conservation Nationals Launch Party

Cape Wind President to Speak

On Monday November 1 Suffolk will host a Campus Conservation Nationals Launch Party. The party will take place from 3-4:30pm in the Function Room at the Law School, 120 Tremont Street, Boston.  Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to attend.  Brought to you by the Suffolk University Sustainability Committee, the Eco-Reps and Eco-Ambassadors, and Residence Life. 

Event Program

3:30pm-4pm: Cape Wind President Jim Gordon will give remarks about Cape Wind, for which he and U.S. Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar on October 6, 2010 signed the first offshore wind farm lease in U.S. waters. To learn more about Cape Wind, visit http://www.capewind.org/.

Student led energy-related activities will precede and follow the presentation by Jim Gordon.

Enjoy mini burritos from boloco.  Buy energy efficient light bulbs.  Enter to win prizes. 

About the Competition

Campus Conservation Nationals is the first real-time, nationwide electricity and water use reduction competition. Starting November 1st, Suffolk University will be one of 40 colleges and universities competing to achieve the greatest resource reductions in their residence halls over a 3-week period. Suffolk is the only Massachusetts school signed up to participate in the competition.

“We are eager to make a dent in utility consumption in our residence halls this fall,” said Campus Sustainability Coordinator Erica Mattison. “Not only can we reduce the University's utility expenses and environmental impact, but we can help students learn to use utilities sensibly now, making them better-equipped when they are directly paying their utility bills and making decisions about how to power their homes and businesses. Through incorporating conservation into daily practices, students can develop habits that will benefit them financially while helping them lessen their environmental impact for years to come.”

At 5.2 million kilowatt-hours and $915,000 annually, Suffolk University residence hall electricity usage makes up about one-quarter of the total electricity consumption and spending for buildings Suffolk owns. At 9 million gallons and $130,000 annually, Suffolk University residence hall water usage makes up about 30% of total electricity consumption and spending for buildings Suffolk owns.

Using Lucid Design Group’s Building Dashboard®, participating schools will be able to instantly compare performance, share winning strategies and track standings among the leading schools and to view Suffolk's dashboard, visit buildings.http://buildingdashboard.net/suffolk/.

This first-of-its-kind resource reduction competition offers valuable educational opportunities, such as enabling students to teach themselves conservation behaviors, as well as environmental and economic benefits. Above all, Campus Conservation Nationals is designed to empower the future generation of energy and environmental leaders, and foster a culture of conservation within campus communities.

To learn more about the competition, follow which schools are in the lead this November, or post the actions you are taking, visit www.CompeteToReduce.org.

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