Hofstra University is ranked in the top 10 among 125 colleges and universities that competed in the annual Campus Conservation Nationals, the world’s largest electricity and water reduction program for college students.
The top 10 schools, which also included Georgia State University, Concordia College, and Oklahoma State University, had the greatest overall reduction, ranging from 13 to 31 percent, in electricity use. Across the country, more than 345,000 students participated in the competition by making efforts to save energy in 1,374 buildings. In all, 1.9 million kilowatts of electricity and 345,000 gallons of water were conserved, equaling a savings of $290,000.
“This national recognition is evidence of the commitment of Hofstra’s student clubs and our facilities office to sustainability,” said Robert Brinkmann, PhD, director of Sustainability Studies.
From March 9 to 30, the University measured electricity use by students in three separate competitions: Nassau versus Suffolk halls; Alliance v. Constitution v. Vander Poel; and Bill of Rights v. Estabrook v. Enterprise. (The winners were Nassau, Alliance and Enterprise Halls.) Campus Sustainability Officer Teresa Greis, Tsz Hin Tang of Students for a Greener Hofstra, and Jake Sacket of the Sustainability Club coordinated Hofstra’s participation this year.
Students were encouraged to commit to simple energy-saving steps such as turning off extra lights, using the stairs instead of the elevator, and changing the standby setting on their computers. This was Hofstra’s fourth year in the program.
According to environmental experts, reducing energy use helps save money, protect human health, manage climate change, and prevent the depletion of nonrenewable natural resources such as coal and gas.
The Campus Conservation Nationals is sponsored by the U.S. Green Building Council, National Wildlife Federation, Lucid, and Alliance to Save Energy. Hofstra’s competition was hosted by the Facilities and Operations Office of Sustainability, Office of Residential Programs, Students for a Greener Hofstra, and the Sustainability Club.