Do It in the Dark: UBC’s first energy-saving contest

More than 1,000 student residents of Totem Park will compete in Do It in the Dark, UBC’s first ever energy-saving contest. For three weeks starting Nov. 1, the students will do everything they can to reduce their electricity usage in a competition that pits them against other students, other houses in their residence and against 39 other universities across North America.

UBC will be the only Canadian university participating in Campus Conservation Nationals, a U.S.-based competition that aims to engage, educate, motivate and empower students to be better stewards of the environment. The annual contest challenges college and university campuses to achieve the greatest electricity and water reductions over a three-week period, from Nov. 1–19.

Winners will be announced at the Totem Park fall banquet and dance on Nov. 26. The competition collaborators will review the results and discuss ways to improve and extend the competition to include more student residences, starting with Place Vanier, and to add monitoring of both water and steam.

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