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Campus Conservation Nationals 2013 Begins Monday!

It’s time for Campus Conservation Nationals 2013! March 11th marked the beginning of the baseline period that tallies up energy consumption prior to the competition. CCN officially begins on March 25th and runs through April 26th. According to Matthew Repka, a SEED intern who is currently working on CCN and the new Green Office Program, students should be aware of their energy use during CCN; this includes unplugging electronics when not in use, shutting off lights, shutting down computers, and much more. Not only is UT competing with other universities nationally, we are also competing directly with BGSU in a smaller competition called “The Rocket/Falcon Smackdown”. There will be weekly updates, similar to BlackoUT, that track UT’s results as a university and against BGSU.

To follow UT’s energy usage, go to the dashboard here. To follow UT’s energy usage and other sustainability initiatives follow us on Twitter here, and like us on Facebook here. For more general information on Campus Conservation Nationals, visit their website.

Remember, CCN is March 25th through April 26th, and UT is competing directly with BGSU so be sure to do your best to conserve energy!


is Brooke Mason, Sustainability Specialist for The University of Toledo, manages the Rocket Recycling program for over 100 buildings on three campuses with a staff of one non-student and six student employees. She is also responsible for the greenhouse gas inventory and the Climate Action Plan, which guide the University toward climate neutrality. Brooke is highly involved in sustainability education and outreach towards students including advising the Environmental Sustainability Living Learning Community, Society for Environmental Education, and UT’s Student Green Fund. She runs other student sustainability programs including Rockets Recycle: Green Tailgating, Friday Night Lights, RecycleMania, Campus Conservation Nationals, BlackoUT, and the Give & Go: Move Out program. Brooke has earned her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Policy & Sustainability Management from Bowling Green State University and is currently working on her Masters in Engineering at UT. She also sits on the Stewardship Committee for the Black Swamp Conservancy.
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The University of Toledo’s SEED Initiative, housed within but not limited to Facilities & Construction, focuses on Sustainability, Energy Efficiency, and Design to ensure the University is operating in a manner that betters our neighbors, economy, and planet. Through environmental sustainability projects, energy conservation measures, innovative building renovation and design, and a comprehensive educational campaign, SEED commits itself to leaving behind a better planet than when we started.

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