Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 50.16
Liaison Michael Gulich
Submission Date March 27, 2013
Executive Letter Download

STARS v1.2

Purdue University
ER-2: Student Sustainability Outreach Campaign

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 5.00 / 5.00 Michael Gulich
Director of University Sustainability
University Sustainability
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Does the institution hold a campaign that meets the criteria for this credit?:

The name of the campaign(s):
Residence Hall Energy & Water Competition; “Boiler Up, Power Down” Earth Day Challenge

A brief description of the campaign(s):

*On-Campus Competition: Residence Hall Energy & Water Competition
As part of Green Week a competition was held between the Purdue residence halls. During a specified day residents are asked to find ways to use less power, possibly by turning off lights and other electronics, as well as limiting time in the shower, dubbed the “Three Minute Power Shower” at some of the halls.
*Campus-wide Challenge: “Boiler Up, Power Down” Earth Day Challenge
“Boiler Up, Power Down” is a Purdue energy conservation awareness campaign that challenges students, faculty, and staff to modify their power consumption behaviors. The program aims to create a more environmentally responsible and cost-efficient campus. One specific part of the program, “Power Down Hour” on Earth day, students, faculty, and staff were asked to power down any electronics and turn off lights whenever possible between noon and 1 p.m.

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

*On-Campus Competition: Residence Hall Energy & Water Competition
Energy metering devices collected the data for the participating halls. Energy consumption was recorded the week prior to the competition to establish an average baseline for each hall. Shreve Hall won the energy conservation competition by reducing its average daily use per person from 9.74 to 9.09 kilowatt hours.

*Campus-wide Challenge: “Boiler Up, Power Down” Earth Day Challenge
Purdue Utilities monitored campus power consumption during this time and reported that demand had decreased by 2.5 megawatts during peak hours. This saved 1,468 kilowatt hours by a behavior modification, turning off lights, computers, and equipment when able. This also translates into a reduction in carbon emissions equal to taking 530 cars off the road for one hour.

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

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.