Students end college the eco way


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From sports to academics, colleges love to compete, even when it comes to going green. In that spirit of eco competition, nearly a quarter-million students at 100 colleges and universities across the United States collectively saved 1,739,046 kilowatt-hours of energy — equal to removing 151 U.S. homes off the grid for a year — during the Campus Conservation Nationals competition.
During the competition, which ran from Feb. 6 to April 23, participating students encouraged their residence halls to be greener by turning off unused electronics, taking shorter showers, using the stairs and performing other easy tasks to help reduce their energy use.

Here are some the results of the competition:

Top five schools with greatest average percent reduction in electricity (in alphabetical order):

  1. Bowling Green State University
  2. Hofstra University
  3. Southern Connecticut State University
  4. University of Kentucky
  5. Western Technical College

Top five schools with the greatest percent reduction in water (in alphabetical order):

  1. Indiana University
  2. Northwestern University
  3. Taylor University
  4. University of Cincinnati
  5. Wake Forest University

To learn more about the results of the competition, visit CompeteToReduce.org/results.

Many of the students who participated in the Campus Conservation Nationals competition will be graduating this spring. So they will be happy to know that even at graduation they can go green. Herff Jones, the company behind the cap-and-gown ensemble most students adorn at their graduation ceremony, is embracing sustainability. The company is providing more than 140 colleges and universities with caps and gowns made from Repreve brand fabrics, which are made from recycled materials, including post-consumer plastic bottles.