For the fourth consecutive year, UT residence halls will be competing against one another to see who can reduce their electricity use the most through the month of November. BlackoUT pits residence hall against residence hall, and for the first time Greek House against Greek House to see who can lower their overall electricity use compared to a previous performance period.
Saving energy through simple choices can be just as easy as other green actions, but measuring the impacts of your actions can be more difficult. With BlackoUT, residents will see the efforts of their building quantified week to week to determine their overall impact and encourage them to strive further.
Residence Life is coordinating the following programming to encourage students to more carefully consider their energy usage in a fun and educational manner.
A-House: “Friday Night Lights”. On November 13th at 8:00 pm, residents will turn off their room lights, unplug their electronics and come down for a game of flashlight tag in The Flatlands.
I-House: “A Night at the Planetarium”. On November 20th at 7:30pm, IH residents will be able to participate in a live interactive program at the on-campus planetarium. This program takes a look at the stars, constellations and planets visible from UT. This will also include an update from the New Horizon’s mission to Pluto. The cost is $5 per resident (with Rocket ID), and will be covered by IH funds. Meet at the IH front desk at 7:00pm on the day of to attend this event.
McComas Village: “Greeks Go Green”. On November 19th at 5:00pm, the McComas Village staff will promote this day as a “blackout” day, where residents will be highly encouraged to turn off lights and electricity, unless absolutely necessary. The MV staff and Village Council will put on a Field Day program where residents can come outside to utilize their energy on something active and fun. Kickball will be included! In addition, MV staff will be chalking to educate residents on energy conservation tips throughout McComas Village.
MKST: “Unplug and Unwind”. On November 11th at 9:00 pm, residents will come out of their rooms and go to Dr. A’s Room as well as the MK 2nd floor lounge to either watch “The Lorax”, study or play the X Box. When students come down they will turn off all their lights and unplug their electronics.
Ottawa House: “East vs. West Glowdown”. On November 19th at 7:30pm, residents will be asked to turn out their lights, unplug their electronics, and come play short games (e.g. charades). The teams will be split up East vs. West. We will be providing glow sticks and a prize for the winning team.
Parks Tower: “Movie Madness”. On November 19th at 8:00pm, residents will be encourages to “power down” in their rooms and come to various floors throughout PT to watch an array of movies with themes of Disney, action, horror, and romance. Snacks will be provided at each movie location.
President’s Hall: “BlackOut Bowling”. On November 24th at 8:00pm, residents will bowl in the dark with glow and the dark pins, on the 3rd floor MPR. Those who participate are encouraged to “power down” in their rooms before they begin. There will also be a centralized movie night in one setting, versus watching TV/movies on multiple TVs.
Look for weekly updates to keep up with the progress in the action!