Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 78.45
Liaison Emily Blandford
Submission Date May 15, 2012
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Georgia Institute of Technology
ER-2: Student Sustainability Outreach Campaign

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 5.00 / 5.00 Marcia Kinstler
Sustainability Director
Office of Environmental Stewardship
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Does the institution hold a campaign that meets the criteria for this credit?:

The name of the campaign(s):
Wasted Watts Residence Hall Energy Competition

A brief description of the campaign(s):

Students living in the Residence Halls are asked to reduce their energy consumption, especially as during winter break. Results are tallied and posted. The winners receive prizes.

This is the third year the competition has been run. It also encourages students to learn how they can make a difference and that small steps add up, as explained at

A brief description of the measured positive impact(s) of the campaign(s):

Amazingly, some students still had not heard of phantom energy use. Students learn to turn off appliences and to use power strips to truly turn off the otherwise "instant on" or vampire energy consumers such as chargers that consumer energy even when they are not left plugged in when not charging a battery or cellphone, etc.
Estimated savings is $20/student/year which adds up to $200,000/year savings.

The website URL where information about the sustainability outreach campaign(s) is available:

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