In the pilot year of this competition, UBC beat out 38 American campuses to place second in the Campus Conservation National’s Energy competition, held in Totem Park Nov. 1-10. UBC saved 8,989 kWh of electricity, enough to power one 60-watt light bulb for 17 years, or 200 bulbs for a month. The entire competition saved 510,191 kWh, enough to power one 60-watt light bulb for a thousand years, or a thousand bulbs for one year.
This ranking reflects the partnership between the Campus Sustainability Office, Student Housing and Hospitality Services Rez Life, the hard work of a team of student organizers, and the Totem Park residents’ enthusiasm for energy conservation. The six houses in Totem also competed against each other, with Haida House emerging as the winner, with an overall reduction in electricity use of 24.1 per cent. Prizes for the top house and for best organizing efforts will be given during the Totem Park fall banquet on Nov. 26.