, December 17, 2007 (ENS) - Agriculture students residing on campus have joined in Texas A&M's ongoing energy conservation program, which has helped the university avoid multi-millions of dollars in costs.
With one of the nation's largest on-campus dormitory operations, housing about 11,000 students, the program got a boost this semester when the university's 29 residence halls began competing to determine which could cut their energy consumption the most.
"It's highly gratifying to see our students so enthusiastically join in the campus-wide effort to conserve energy and help the university reduce its electrical and related costs," said Ron Sasse, director of residence life at Texas A&M.
Motto of the Residence Hall Energy Challenge is "When not in use, turn off the juice."
The Texas A&M Office of Energy Management gives computing tips such as:
And in general Texas A&M asks that students:
Homer Bruner, energy manager, said, "The Residence Hall Energy Challenge was a cooperative effort between hall residents, Residence Life and the Office of Energy Management. It was a joy seeing Aggies getting involved in campus energy conservation and change their individual lifestyles by going green."
A dorm room at Texas A&M
To make the energy-reduction competition as fair and balanced as possible, the university's residence halls, were divided into six categories by architecture: ramp-style halls, balcony-style halls, corridor-style halls, halls in the Commons, modular Northside and modular Southside halls.
This year Clements Hall, with A.J. Stramaski as hall director, achieved the highest reduction of 20.15 percent.
The halls in each group with the greatest reduction in energy usage compared to a consumption baseline from last year will be awarded $400 in Department of Residence Life-funded items for their halls. Clements Hall will receive a traveling trophy, engraved with the hall name.
One of the goals of the challenge, sponsored by the Department of Residence Life and Physical Plant Utilities, is to raise awareness of and promote greater campus involvement in conservation while still having fun, organizers say.
The student organizers note another goal is to encourage their fellow students to "go green" and change their individual lifestyles and attitudes about the need for conservation and the importance of sustainability.
They also encourage residence hall students to participate in campus energy conservation as the "right thing to do" to help save money and reduce fossil fuel emissions from power generation plants.
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