Update April 2017: Congratulations to Random Hall for winning the 2017 DEC Dorm Electricity Reduction Challenge with a 30% reduction in electricity usage from a prior baseline!
Data updated in real time!
Update 18-March-2017: Nice job to Richard M from New House 2, Adriana J from EC 4E slugfest, and Zack P, our top Green Building Challenge competitors with 30+ full runs up the 18-floor Green Building... at least 30 times each!
There are three separate scores being tracked:
The Electricity competition will be based on each dorm's percent energy reduction during the competition. We will be comparing each dorm's electricity usage to its own usage in previous months. Weekly electricity data will be reflected in the "Current Standings" section from Wed 3/1 - Tues 3/21. There is no need to sign up your dorm, as dorms are automatically entered into the competition. See below for more information on how to save electricity! The grand prize is valued at $1500.
The Spirit competition will be based on each team's total number of spirit points earned by its team members. You can sign up to create/join a team through the link on the floating tab at the top of the page. You may join a team at any point during the competition, and you can earn spirit points from February 27 through March 22! All point you earn (even those earned prior to joining the team) will be counted for your team’s total score. Spirit points can be earned from February 27 through March 22. This prize is valued at $1000. *Note: You do not have to be a current resident to join a living group spirit team, but you still must be an undergrad.See below for more information on how to earn spirit points!
Don't live in a dorm or an FSILG? You can still compete! Individual students' spirit point totals will also be tracked. Your chances of getting a raffle prize increase with your spirit point total.
Individual Prizes will be awarded as raffle prizes and to the individuals who accumulate the most spirit points. The prizes are valued at up to $50.
There is no sign up required for these events, you only need to participate to earn spirit points. Earn points by submitting online photos (graded based on quality/creativity of photo and level of sustainability demonstrated). You can also answer website trivia (points for participation and correct answers) or attend the Green Building Challenge: Run up the Green Building as many times as you can. Gain points for going the full way and for running up the most times (as a team).
There are a lot of small ways to save electricity, and they all add up to make a difference. Here are some ideas below of ways that you can help your dorm to win, as well as developing sustainable habits for your daily life.
Spirit points are a way for you to show that you're being sustainable outside of reducing electricity usage. We keep track of how many spirit points you earn from February 27 to March 22 (2017), and your total will contribute to your dorm/FSILG's spirit point total, as well as increase your chances of winning a raffle prize.
You should earn spirit points because you can get awesome prizes! And help your dorm win money. Aside from material and monetary incentives, we also think that spirit points are a great way to make being sustainable fun and exciting.
Luckily, there are a lot of ways to earn spirit points.
Come to our events to learn and to get spirit points for the raffle and for your spirit team!
The Dorm Electricity Competition was founded in 2006 by Tim Grejtak ‘11 in order to increase awareness of the importance of saving energy while developing strong energy-saving habits among students. After a three-year hiatus, the competition was brough back by the UA Committee on Sustainability, and we kicked off the competition in spring of 2013 with a Chipotle study break. The undergraduate dorms saved over 29,500 kWh over the month of April! DEC is now an annual competition during one month of the spring semester, and will be happening for the 5th consecutive year this March.
DEC Project Leader: Stephanie Chin
DEC Committee Members: Avital Baral, Valerie Hunter, Jordyn Mann, Anya Quenon, Zach Schmitz, Mingshi Yang, and Sherry Zhou
UA Sustainability Chairs: Kathy Camenzind and Yanisa Techagumthorn
Events sponsored by:
MIT UA Sustainability Committee
Guayaki Yerba Mate
Competition sponsored by:
MIT Division of Student Life
MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative
MIT Civil and Environmental Engineering Department (1)
MIT Office of Sustainability
MIT Nuclear Science and Engineering Department (22)
MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department (6)
Raffle prizes sponsored by:
and more local businesses!
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