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Campus Conservation Nationals Begins Today!

Today marks the start of the energy competition, Campus Conservation Nationals (CCN). CCN is a national energy reduction competition for colleges and universities to see who can reduce the most energy in their residence halls. This is UT’s second year competing. CCN runs from March 14th – April 6th, we have two weeks of overlap with RecycleMania. 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. You can see those results on our competition dashboard here.

On the dashboard you can also select from different actions to commit to to help reduce our energy on campus. Not a resident? Any student, faculty, or staff can commit to the energy saving behaviors! They may not show up in this competition, but they’ll show up off UT’s electricity bill as a whole.

Curious to see how UT did last year? Check out our blog posts from last year: blog 1, blog 2, and blog 3.

CCN_2014 Rocket-Falcon Smackdown

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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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