Annual Energy & Sustainability Contest

Mid-Contest Update

Mid-Contest Update: In 2019 after week one Storrs was in first place, Sherman was in second place and Glaser and Raymond were tied for third. This year in 2020, it's Kusch in 1st, Howe in 2nd, and Alumni in 3rd. Hint - last year Storrs won not because they had the highest energy reduction but because 75% of the res hall completed the pledge, it was enough to boost them to the top!

And the winner is...

First place - Kusch - 23% reduction
Second Place - Howe - 18% reduction
Third Place - Tippit - 15% reduction

Thank you to all of our 2020 Ecolympics Champions for reducing your energy use and signing the sustainability pledge!

Here's the link to the 2019 final rankings page.

CWRU’s Annual Energy and Sustainability Contest will run from November 2 to November 16, see the winning res hall details in the right-hand column.

The 2020 theme is the Ecolympics and all students, on and off-campus, can participate for a chance to win!

The residence hall or Greek house with the highest combined points wins, points can be garnered by tallying the:

  • greatest electricity reduction (see live electricity dashboards below),
  • greatest number of pledge signers and
  • greatest number of virtual event attendees over the two weeks...

...will win a planted fruit tree for their building, and a bamboo utensil kit for each hall resident.

All students, on or off-campus can sign the contest pledge to personally reduce their environmental footprint and attend upcoming virtual sustainability events to garner points towards the contest. All students who sign the Sustainability Pledge will be entered into a raffle to win a card game or LED night light. 20 winners will be picked at the end of the contest.

Who can participate?

All residence halls and all Greek houses can participate in the energy savings event. But any student on or off campus can make the pledge, attend virtual events, and be entered to win a raffle prize.

How can you participate? 

  1. Get your friends and suitemates to reduce your building’s electricity use by turning off the lights, taking the stairs, unplugging devices, or air-drying clothes.
  2. Sign the 2020 Sustainability Pledge:
  3. Attend the events below and fill out this form to earn more points for your hall/house: 
    • Vote in the General Election on November 3rd
    • Midwest Climate Summit: November 6th
      Attend a Friday Webinar, the Midwest Climate Summit, hosted by Ohio State and Washington University: St. Louis, on November 6th. Join us as experts from Ohio State and across the Midwest accelerate climate action, develop a Midwestern response and plan the next steps in solving our climate crisis. All sessions are free and open to the public but registration is required to gain entrance:
    • Energy & Sustainability Office's Annual Big Green Event on Nov 10th, 4:30-6:00

How do I know who’s in the lead?

  • Check the Office for Sustainability Website
  • Building live electricity dashboards are just below!
  • Standings will be announced on November 10th and the winner of the contest will be announced on November 17th

CWRU’s Climate Action Plan pledges reach climate neutrality by 2050 and your actions count now! We can’t wait to crown this year’s champion of the Ecolympics!

Energy & Sustainability Contest Oct 2020


Northside Buildings included Link to energy dashboard
Clarke Tower Clarke Tower
Cedar/Magnolia Pierce, Storrs, Cutler, Hitchcock
Juniper Taft, Taplin, Smith
Mistletoe Norton, Raymond, Sherman, Tyler
The Village Village Houses 1-7
Carlton Michelson, Glaser, Kusch
Murray Hill Alumni, Howe, Tippit, Staley
SRV (bottom) Greek Life Phi Delta Theta, Sigma Nu, Delta Gamma, Beta Theta Pi/Pi Beta Phi
SRV (top) Greek Life Zeta Psi, Sigma Psi/Kappa Alpha Theta, Phi Kappa Psi/Delta Upsilon, Phi Sigma Rho, Sigma Chi/Alpha Gamma Delta