For the month of March, York undergraduate students living in the Keele and Glendon residences are being challenged to reduce their carbon footprint as part of the University’s sixth annual Res Race to Zero challenge.
This year’s competition, involves seven Keele campus residences and two Glendon residence buildings. The undergraduates are being led through the competition by Residence Environmental Ambassadors (REAs) who are working with fellow students to help make the challenge a success. Res Race to Zero focuses on modifying actions and encouraging students to take responsibility for their energy footprint.
Each residence has a baseline average weekly kilowatt usage per student based on data gathered from 2013. The challenge for each student will be to do their best to reduce this figure by taking steps that are as simple as turning off their lights before leaving for classes. Other tasks include switching off televisions in house lounges when not in use, putting computers into energy saving sleep modes and unplugging power cords and small electronics when not in use.
Res Race to Zero is now in its final week. The winner of the race will be announced next week.
Students living in Calumet Residence on the Keele campus won the first week of Res Race to Zero. In the second week, students living in Glendon’s Hilliard Residence took over the lead. For the third week, Glendon’s Wood Residence took over the lead.
The Res Race to Zero complements York University’s five-year Energy Management Plan, which includes a $40 million investment to reduce consumption by 25 per cent.
In March 2013, students living in the Bethune won first place, and decreased their energy consumption for the month by 5.6 per cent as compared to their November usage. Bethune’s electricity savings over the month of March were equivalent to the demand required to run a typical Ontario household for 10 weeks.
For more information and to view the weekly progress, visit the Res Race to Zero web page.
The “winner” of the race is the residence that shows the greatest overall improvement in energy usage over the month of March.