The BMC Greens recently announced that the residents of Denbigh Hall won the 2010 Energy Diet Competition, cutting their energy usage for the month of February by approximately 26 percent. It’s estimated that the College saved almost $7,000 overall during the month thanks to reduced energy consumption by students in the residence halls during the competition.
Rockefeller Hall was a close second and Pembroke East came in third.
This February marked the fifth anniversary of Energy Diet Month, during which students are regularly reminded of the importance of energy conservation and asked to take small steps to cut down on the College’s energy consumption.
This year’s $400 prize was sponsored by the Greens and the President’s Office.
Denbigh’s residents were polled and the dorm presidents have decided to throw a “Green Festival/ Festival of the Sun” with the winnings.
“While the college is always looking for ways to reduce our carbon footprint in the long term, it’s little things like turning out the lights when you leave a room that can make a difference right now,” says Bryn Mawr President Jane McAuliffe. “The Energy Diet is a great way to get the community thinking about these things and a wonderful example of Bryn Mawr students leading the way on this issue.”
The Greens are hoping to expand next year’s Energy Diet Month into a community-wide event. Departments and offices would be able to sponsor the event or commit to using less energy.
Those interested in being involved in next year’s competition can contact Yong Cho ’12 of the BMC Greens.
“This year’s competition was a great success and we’re looking forward to involving the entire community next year,” says Cho.
BMC Greens is a student-run organization whose goal is to promote environmental awareness and inspire environmental action in the Bryn Mawr community. In addition to Energy Diet Month, BMC Greens sponsors environmental task forces, student-run gardens, and Earth Day activities.
Bryn Mawr College is a participant of the American College & University President’s Climate Commitment. The College’s Climate Action Plan calls for a 10-percent decrease in overall college emissions over the next 10 years.