Glendon’s Wood Residence wins York U’s annual Res Race to Zero contest

Throughout March, undergraduate students on York’s Keele and Glendon campuses strived to reduce their energy footprint as part of York University’s annual Res Race to Zero.

Res Race team from Wood Residence
Above: The Res Race to Zero team from Wood Residence. Back row: From left, Joé Fontaine, Aaron Doupe (manager, Student Affairs Glendon College), Ethem Cinar, Kate Fowley, Elcy Kaze and Rachel Parke. Front row, from left: Kelly Lui, Daniel Paterson, Akilesh Jhummun, Inès Receveaux and Nicole Arsenault (manager, Transportation Services, Campus Services & Business Operations)

Students in Glendon’s Wood Residence proved they knew how to cut their energy consumption and are the winners of the 2014 Res Race to Zero competition. Wood Residence students reduced their consumption by 3.466 per cent over the month of March.

A chart showing energy reduction by students in York U's nine residences

The race pitted York undergraduate residences against each other in a friendly bid to see which building could reduce its carbon footprint the most, from March 1 to 31. Each undergraduate building has a Residence Environmental Ambassador (REA), who works with students to build awareness, share best practices, and otherwise help students to be responsible with lights, computers and small electric appliances.

The initiative complements York’s five-year Energy Management Plan, which includes a $40-million investment in campus infrastructure aimed at reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions by 25 per cent. Promoting behaviour that conserves energy can contribute significantly to reducing York’s carbon footprint.

Res Race team from Wood Residence interior photo
The Res Race Team with their certificate. Back row: From left, Joé Fontaine, Aaron Doupe, Inès Receveaux and Elcy Kaze. Front row: From left, Rachel Parke, Kate Fowley, Kelly Lui and Daniel Paterson

There were nine undergraduate residences competing in the 2014 Res Race to Zero, seven on Keele campus and two on Glendon campus. As buildings differ in age and therefore energy efficiency, the competition is measured by comparing this year’s energy consumption to residents who occupied the same building in the year the energy meters were installed in each residence. The residence with the highest per capita energy savings over the baseline year wins the competition.

The Res Race to Zero takes place each year during the month of March.

  • 2014 winners – Wood Residence
  • 2013 winners – Bethune Resdience
  • 2012 winners – Vanier Residence
  • 2011 winners – Wood Residence
  • 2010 winners – Bethune and Winters tied for first
  • 2009 winners – Calumet Residence

Per capita consumption chart