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Success in Campus Conservation Nationals

Friday, May 10th, 2013

Joey and Ravish at CCN Kick-offFinal results are in for Campus Conservation Nationals (CCN), a competition to reduce energy and water consumption in residence halls in the US and Canada.  Between February 4th and April 26th participating colleges and universities selected a three-week period for students to take direct action towards increasing sustainability on their campuses. Wake Forest’s own competition began on March 19th and wrapped up April 7th.  Out of 120 participating schools, Wake Forest ranked in the top five for water reduction.  Though the resource and cost savings achieved through the competition were victories unto themselves, the university’s top 5 ranking makes CCN 2013 an unequivocal success for the Demon Deacons.

The Office of Energy Management and Residence Life and Housing co-sponsored Wake Forest’s CCN effort.  Claire Nagy-Cato (’14), an intern for the Office of Energy Management, headed up the organization of the competition.  EcoReps, peer-educators for sustainability, and hall captains, representatives for the competition from each residence hall, performed educational outreach for CCN.  The student body received energy and water saving tips through personalized room assessments, competition kiosks, and bulletin boards.  Students could track energy and water consumption in their residence halls in real time using the Building Dashboard.

Nationally, CCN 2013 saved 2,114, 844 killowatt-hours of electricity and 1,681,241 million gallons of water.  Wake Forest contributed 74,789 killowatt-hours and 139,196 gallons of water to that total.  By reducing their consumption, Wake Forest students also kept 91,093 pounds of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and saved $5,443 dollars.

In addition to competing against other schools, residence halls on the Reynolda Campus also competed against each other to reduce.  Palmer and Piccolo earned the top ranking for both water and energy reduction.  The two residence halls, which are on a single meter system, together achieved a 23.4% energy reduction and an astounding 35.1% water reduction. Kitchen and Martin came in second and third place for energy reduction and Martin and Collins took second and third place for water reduction.  Residents in Palmer and Piccolo celebrated their sweet victories with a Brynn’s frozen yogurt party.  View a complete list of competition standings here.

Lauren Miller, director of engagement at Lucid (the company behind the Building Dashboard) found the results of this year’s multi-school competition impressive.  Commenting on the collective reduction efforts of over 300,000 students, she says “These students are demonstrating that creating a culture of conservation and inspiring individuals to change their behaviors can significantly reduce their campus’ carbon footprint.”

While success in the competition is gratifying, the true purpose of CCN is to ingrain lasting, environmentally-preferable consumption habits among participating students.  As the global community continues to seek ways to conserve limited natural resources, the results of CCN demonstrate that personal commitments to responsible consumption will play an integral role in creating a sustainable future.  Wake Forest’s top five ranking in water-use reduction demonstrates that Demon Deacons are not only up to the task of sustainable living, but are ready to take the lead.

By Annabel Lang, Wake Forest Fellow for the Office of Sustainability

10 Days Celebration: Thursday, April 26

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

Celebrate the energy and water saving success of our South Campus residence halls.

Campus Conservation Nationals award ceremony

South Campus residents showed that small changes can make a big difference during the Campus Conservation Nationals in April.

From March 30 to April 20, the students in the six first-year residence halls (Bostwick, Johnson, Luter, Collins, South, and Babcock) participated in the Campus Conservation Nationals 2012, a nationwide energy and water-use reduction competition among more than 150 colleges and universities around the country.

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Residence Life and Housing sponsors Rake Forest to promote community engagement

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Matthew Imboden, Assistant Director of Residence Education, describes the motivation behind and success of the first ever Rake Forest event which took place on October 5, 2010:

Photo courtesy of Residence Life and Housing

As a way to connect students, the Wake Forest value of service, and the residential neighborhoods surrounding campus, Residence Life & Housing launched the first annual “Rake Forest” event this October.  We targeted residents of Friendship Circle, Harmon Avenue, Rosedale Circle, and Polo Road with hand-delivered pre-stamped postcards which residents could use to request projects to be completed.  The card asked for some basic information about the requested projects, the best ways to contact the resident, and outlined the rules and expectations for the event (for example, no project could include the use of power tools).  Most projects included cleaning, raking, and general yard-work.  Student volunteers worked in 2 different 90 minute shifts throughout the event to complete the projects in teams.

In a number of instances, residents came out and worked alongside the students, which allowed for some great conversations and a few laughs.  When the residents of the homes were either more elderly or unable to come out, many reached out by way of email, a phone call, or a friendly wave from the front door.  In nearly every instance, our neighbors in the surrounding communities were very appreciative.  Hopefully, in the future we’ll be able to provide more close at hand opportunities for students to apply the well-regarded principles of “Pro Humanitate” right here on our own campus and in our local communities!

For more information, read the Old Gold & Black article here.