LSU finishes in Top 10 for electricity conservation

Advocate staff file photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  LSU Quad Show caption
Advocate staff file photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- LSU Quad

LSU Residential Life finished in the top 10 in electricity reduction in the Campus Conservation Nationals 2014 contest.

The Top 10 schools reduced their electricity use between 11 percent and 24 percent.

The contest took place from Feb. 3 to April 25.

Karen Rockett, director of housing with LSU Residential Life, said that LSU is up nearly 20 percent in its energy savings from the same time a year ago.

If LSU could maintain the conservation efforts for a year, the school would reduce its costs by around $240,000, Rockett said. That’s enough money to pay for two air conditioners or to replace all of the furniture in a building such as Evangeline Hall.

During the competition, students, faculty and staff unplugged unused electronics, took shorter showers and turned off lights in common areas

Lucid, the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council, or USGBC, the National Wildlife Federation and the Alliance to Save Energy said more than 265,000 students at 109 colleges and universities across the U.S. and Canada took part in the contest. Those schools collectively saved more than 2.2 million kilowatt-hours of electricity, equivalent to averting 3 million pounds of CO2 from the atmosphere and saving $196,000 through the Campus Conservation Nationals 2014 contest.

Students also saved nearly 476,000 gallons of water, or the equivalent of 1.8 million water bottles, nationwide.

Others in the Top 10 in electricity reduction were Appalachian State University, Bard College, Berea College, California State University Chico, Dickinson College, Loyola University Maryland, Portland State, Wake Forest and Western Carolina.