Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Campus Conservation Nationals Coming to UC Santa Cruz

Written by: Kristiahn Alvarado of PowerSave Campus 

What is Campus Conservation Nationals?  

CCN is the largest electricity and water reduction competition inclusive of colleges and universities from all around the world. The point of CCN is to promote energy and water savings as well as behavior changes. PowerSave Campus teams across the country participate in this competition by organizing students and staff and holding challenges and events, all while keeping track of all the savings! All campuses competing in CCN hold three-week competitions for buildings on campus for them to compete in an individual competition between the students that reside there. The UC system will be competing in a group competition to see which campus saved the most energy and water overall. Each school is given a Lucid Building Dashboard to track progress in the competition; students will be able to use this dashboard to observe competition standings, analyze performance, share strategies, and commit to taking conservation actions.

Campus Conservation Nationals are a great way to share the culture of conservation with students and a way to get people excited to help the world. It’s a great way to connect our campus, since we are a campus not known for our school spirit and collaboration. This competition gives UCSC a chance to bring out the competitiveness in us in order to reach a goal of becoming a more sustainable campus. All of our efforts will be going towards reducing thousands of pounds of carbon dioxide from being emitted and to help people see that they can individually make a difference! So let’s get saving and win this competition! Go Slugs!

PowerSave Campus is a student-led outreach program designed to educate the campus community about the importance of energy efficiency & water conservation. The Alliance to Save Energy promotes energy efficiency worldwide to achieve a healthier economy, a cleaner environment, and greater energy security. Check out their website or like their Facebook to stay updated on similar news and ways to get involved!

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