For the month of November, a BlackoUT challenge has been issued to all UT students, faculty and staff. Here are a few things to keep in mind, if and when you choose to accept this energy-related challenge. Turn off every light that is not in use. When leaving for class, consider turning off both those residence hall room and office lights. Unplug any unnecessary items. For instance, unless you use your lamp, computer/laptop, or phone charger 24 hours a day, consider unplugging these items from their outlets. Conserve that energy. It will be hard work at times, but definitely worth it in the end. Are you up for the challenge?
In addition, the Interim Sustainability Specialist (Brooke Mason), our ATOD Prevention Specialist (Alexis Blavos), and the Office of Residence Life have all come together to put on several fun hall-wide programs/initiatives that will “shed some light” on the importance of energy conservation. Here are some highlights!
November 2nd: Glow in the Dark Volleyball at the Crossings, 7:00pm
November 4th: Viewing of The 11th Hour at Parks Tower, 7:00pm �
November 5th: Glow Stick Mania! (hosted by International House) in the Flatlands, 8:00pm �
November 7th: Bonfire (hosted by McComas Village) behind the Theta Chi house, 6:30pm
November 7th: Light Writing & S’mores (hosted by Ottawa House) at Carter Field, 9:00pm
November 14th: Viewing of Food, Inc. at Academic House (1st floor back lounge), 8:00pm
November 14th: Sex in the Dark (hosted by Alexis Blavos) in the Carter Huddle, 8:00pm
November 14th: Ultimate Frisbee & S’mores (hosted by Ottawa House) at Carter Field, 8:30pm
All of our residence halls will also participate in a Light Bulb Exchange program, where residents may request to use a more energy efficient light bulb in their room. This is an extra effort to help curve our overall daily energy usage. And the fun does not end there! The residence halls are also competing to see which community can save the most overall energy, which includes our dining hall areas.
So, the challenge has been set, for our on-campus residents and for the entire UT community. Turn off those lights and unplug those appliances when not in use. BlackoUT for the month of November!