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Power Down Challenge: Reducing Energy Use on Campus What: Penn’s fourth annual campus energy reduction competition, organized by the Penn Green Campus Partnership at Facilities & Real Estate Services, will start on Feb. 3 and end on March 2. Who: Residential buildings: All 11 College Houses and Sansom Place will take part. Non-residential buildings: Towne Building, Meyerson Hall, Williams Hall, Jon M. Huntsman Hall, Biomedical Research Building II, Penn Law School buildings and the Graduate School of Education will also participate. How: All buildings will compete in total percent of electricity reduction, according to Sustainability Student Outreach Associate Julian Goresko. Residential buildings will compete among each other in terms of largest gross electricity reduction, and non-residential buildings will compare the largest electricity reduction per square foot. These different metrics are meant to equalize competition across buildings regardless of building size and type. FRES took a two-week baseline reading of electricity use in each competing building prior to the start of the challenge. Automatic building meters will report usage data, Environmental Sustainability Director Dan Garofalo said. FRES will upload the data once a week to a site called “Building Dashboard,” where competitors can view the electricity used in their buildings for each day in the past week. Who won last year: The Jaffe Building won among campus buildings; Stouffer-Mayer won among the college houses. How can I help my building win? Follow these five energy-saving tips: 1. Turn the lights off when you leave a room. 2. Unplug your electronics when not in use. 3. Shut your doors and windows. 4. Switch to energy-saving compact incandescent lamp (CFL) bulbs. 5. Instead of turning up the heat in your room, put on a sweater, a coat or a scarf. For more information, reach out to the Eco-Rep for your College House or the staff leading the challenge in your building.
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