AUBURN UNIVERSITY – More than 4,000 Auburn University students in 30 residence halls saved nearly $10,000 in water and electricity costs in this year’s Sustain-A-Bowl, Auburn’s annual resource reduction competition. The goal of the competition was for every residence hall to reduce both their electricity and water consumption by 10 percent.
Twenty-one of the 30 residence halls participating reached the electricity reduction goal, while 14 halls reached the water reduction goal. Overall winners for the competition included Leischuck Hall in the Hill, Broun Hall in the Quad and Aubie Hall in the Village. Dowell Hall in the Hill earned honorable mention for placing second overall and earning 93 percent of the possible points in the event portion of the competition.
Over the last five years, students have saved close to $46,000 through energy and water reductions.
“Here at Auburn, we see students involved in a wide range of activities to improve societal wellbeing,” said Michael Kensler, director of the Office of Sustainability. “Through student organizations, classes, research projects, Residential Life, Student Affairs, SGA and other opportunities, students participate in programs like Sustain-A-Bowl that help them realize that they do have the ability and power to make a difference. It has been my experience that once individuals and groups realize the extent to which they can and do make a difference, they become citizens in the highest sense of the word.”
Each year, the competition challenges residents to live more sustainably by reducing their electricity and water usage and increasing their recycling for the four-week period. Throughout the month of February, residents and Residence Life staff earned points for their halls by participating in events that educate residents about sustainable living.
“These reductions support the university’s commitment to sustainability as stated in the Auburn University Strategic Plan,” said Kensler. “Sustain-a-Bowl demonstrates that the cumulative impacts of our individual and collective actions can make a big difference in co-creating a healthy and abundant future.”
Sustain-A-Bowl is hosted annually by Residence Life in the Division of Student Affairs and the Office of Sustainability, with the support of Facilities Management and the Waste Reduction and Recycling programs. Tiger Catering sponsored the Sustain-a-Bowl winners’ celebration.
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(Written by Carol Nelson.)