How Does it Work?
Skidmore residents compete, residence hall against residence hall, to try and reduce their energy consumption by the greatest percentage. Each hall is individually metered so students can now see how much electricity each residence hall is using in real time.
The competition is based on the percentage of electricity reduction in each hall over
a 21 day period. The contest runs Basing the competition on percent reduction allows
halls of varying size to compete against one another. The overall goal is for all
of the halls to reduce their electricity consumption.
How are we doing?
Students can monitor the energy consumption of the various residence halls on the Skidmore Unplugged Dashboard, which is updated every 15 minutes. The dashboard site also allows visitors to view consumption in various ways - kilowatt hours or pounds of CO2 per hall, and per person or per square foot of space.
In the past, prizes have included:
- a burrito party from Chipotle for the winning residence hall
- entry into a raffle for 21 gift certificates from local businesses such as Uncommon Grounds, Esperanto's, Putnam Market, Skidmore Shop, and Sushi Thai
- winning hall is engraved on the Skidmore Unplugged trophy, which is permanently on display in Case Center
- 2010 - Weicking Hall, 4% reduction
- 2009 - McClellan Hall, 12% reduction
The Communications Design II class created all of the fantastic materials for this
annual event. The logo, emails, stickers, posters, tips, brochures, light switch
stickers and a building dashboard website were all their creations.
The Skidmore Unplugged Trophy was created by John Galt's Advanced Sculpture class. A special thanks to Dave Rollins and Charlie Engelman for their efforts on the trophy! The trophy will be displayed in Case Center and the winning residence hall from each year will be engraved on a small plaque on the trophy.