UNC Wins Green Dorm Award

UNC-chapel-hill-logoA University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill dorm has been rewarded for improving their energy efficiency. The Morrison Residence is the winner of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star National Building program. The competition challenged 14 buildings to reduce their energy use over the course of a year.

Students living in Morrison Hall competed by floor to save the most energy by unplugging electronics that weren’t in use and turning off lights.  WRAL reported that residents tracked their progress on a touch-screen computer in the lobby. The building’s temperature control and ventilation systems were also optimized to be more efficient. In the end, the dorm cut its energy consumption by 35.7 percent and $250,000 in utility bills.

Second place went to a Sears store in Glen Burnie, Maryland. The Tucker Residence Hall at North Carolina State University also participated in the program, and was able to reduce their energy consumption by 10.3 percent.

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3 Responses to “UNC Wins Green Dorm Award”

  1. PCB says:

    I lived in San Diego and participated in a water saving program (which included not watering lawns and not washing cars) in which the residents of San Diego did significantly reduce water usage. Then the municipal water utility department asked for a rate increase to make up for the reduced revenue from reduced water usage! After that I went back to washing my car every week. Small wonder that the tea party has stuck a sensitive nerve
    with taxpayers.

  2. Nancyb says:

    Makes you wonder if everyone is that wasteful (that is, we can all find those energy savings) or if these teens are the most profligate, obtuse examples to be found of kids thinking –until reminded–that mommy and daddy can just pay forever for their selfish little habits!


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