Overview

Campus Conservation Nationals (CCN) is the largest electricity and water reduction competition program for colleges and universities in the world. In its fourth year, CCN gives a common voice and motivation to hundreds of thousands of students across North America, all working together to reduce consumption and mitigate the impacts of climate change. CCN is an opportunity to organize students and staff, host educational events, and challenge students and staff to participate in fun events that can have an immediate and lasting impact on your school’s carbon emissions and campus culture. CCN is jointly organized by the U.S. Green Building Council, Lucid, National Wildlife Federation, and Alliance to Save Energy.



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How it works

The core of Campus Conservation Nationals is the dozens of individual competitions hosted by colleges and universities across North America. CCN uses a competition window model in which participating schools hold three-week competitions on their campuses anytime during the program’s three-month competition window each spring.

All participating school hosts a competition in which buildings on their own campus compete against each other to achieve the highest percent reduction in electricity and/or water use during the competition period (in comparison to a baseline period chosen by the school). Schools may also choose to participate in a group competition, in which schools in a region, state, or peer group compete against each other to achieve the highest campus-wide reduction in electricity and/or water consumption.

All competitions are run and visualized using Lucid’s Building Dashboard®, a website that allows students to track competition standings, analyze performance, and share winning strategies. To allow data to be displayed on their school’s Building Dashboard, competition organizers at each school are responsible for entering data from their utility meters or building automation system into BuildingOS, Lucid’s online operating system for buildings. Check out this sample Building Dashboard for a preview of what yours will look like!



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Program goals

The goals of Campus Conservation Nationals are to:

  • Engage, educate, motivate, and empower students to conserve resources in residence halls and other campus buildings.
  • Foster a culture of conservation within campus communities, and propel campus sustainability initiatives.
  • Enable students to teach each other conservation behaviors that they can employ on campus and in their future homes and workplaces.
  • Enable students to develop leadership, community organizing, and career development skills.
  • Achieve measurable reductions in electricity and water use, preventing thousands of pounds of carbon dioxide from being emitted.
  • Highlight the ability of behavior change tools such as competitions, commitments, and social norms, to conserve energy and water.


  • Program organizers

    Campus Conservation Nationals is jointly organized by four organizations:


    U.S. Green Building Council

    The USGBC, through the USGBC Students program at its Center for Green Schools, is one of CCN’s primary organizing partners. The USGBC is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, the Center for Green Schools, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. For more information, visit usgbc.org, explore the Green Building Information Gateway (GBIG), and connect on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.


    Lucid

    Lucid is one of CCN’s primary organizing partners and is an industry leader and innovator in providing information feedback technology to save energy and water in buildings. The company pioneered the concept of real-time energy and water use feedback and reduction competitions with Building Dashboard and launched BuildingOS, the world’s first online operating system for buildings. Lucid’s software is used by the world’s leading companies and institutions to manage thousands of buildings with $500 million in annual energy bills. Based in Oakland, California, Lucid is a privately held software company.


    National Wildlife Federation

    The National Wildlife Federation is America’s largest conservation organization. NWF works across the U.S. to protect and restore wildlife habitat, confront global warming and connect people with nature. NWF has a 20-year history of working with colleges and universities through its Campus Ecology program to improve their overall green educational programming and on-site sustainability. Its student outreach programs, campus consulting, technology competitions and educational events and resources reach about 1,000 colleges each year.


    Alliance to Save Energy

    The Alliance to Save Energy is a non-profit coalition of business, government, environmental and consumer leaders who support energy efficiency as a cost-effective energy resource and advocate energy efficiency policies that minimize costs and lessen emissions. To carry out its mission, ASE undertakes research, educational programs, and policy advocacy; designs and implements energy-efficiency projects; promotes technology development and deployment; builds public-private partnerships; and initiates collaborative efforts and strategic alliances.



    Past years


    CCN 2013



    Participants: ~240,000 students in ~1400 buildings at 119 college and universities

    Competition window: February 4 - April 26, 2013


    Program-wide savings from electricity competitions

    2,114,800 kilowatt-hours of electricity saved by buildings that reduced, which is equivalent to:

    • 2,426,000 lbs of CO2
    • $158,000
    • Taking 187.5 U.S. homes off the grid for a year

    Program-wide savings from water competitions

    1,681,200 gallons of water saved by buildings that reduced, which is equivalent to:

    • 11,208 shower hours
    • 10,759,900 20-ounce water bottles

    Top 5 Schools with the Greatest Overall Percent Reduction in Electricity

    Harvey Mudd College

    Northwest Missouri State University

    Oregon State University

    St. John’s University

    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


    Top 5 Schools with the Greatest Overall Percent Reduction in Water

    Cal Poly Pomona

    Indiana University

    Northwestern University

    Oberlin College & Conservatory

    Wake Forest University


    Group Competition Winners

    Battle of the Plug - Appalachian State University

    Bluegrass Unplugged - Western Kentucky University

    NY Negawatt Challenge 2013 - Hamilton College

    PowerDown 2013: Claremont Colleges Energy Challenge - Harvey Mudd College

    PowerSave Green Campus - California State University at Chico

    Campus ConseRVAtion Nationals 2013 VCU vs. UR - Virginia Commonwealth University




    CCN 2012



    Participants: ~200,000 students at 98 college and universities

    Competition window: February 6 - April 23, 2012


    Program-wide savings from electricity competitions

    1,739,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity saved by buildings that reduced, which is equivalent to:

    • 2,642,000 lbs of CO2
    • $158,000
    • Taking 151 U.S. homes off the grid for a year

    Program-wide savings from water competitions

    1,555,000 gallons of water saved by buildings that reduced, which is equivalent to:

    • 10,300 shower hours
    • 9,950,800 20-ounce water bottles

    Top 5 Schools with the Greatest Overall Percent Reduction in Electricity

    Bowling Green State University

    Hofstra University

    South Connecticut State University

    University of Kentucky

    Western Technical College


    Top 5 Schools with the Greatest Overall Percent Reduction in Water

    Indiana University

    Northwestern University

    Taylor University

    University of Cincinnati

    Wake Forest University


    Group Competition Winners

    NY Negawatt Challenge – Hobart and William Smith Colleges

    California Green Campus Competition – Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

    North East Competition – St. John’s University

    Arizona Energy Wars – Arizona State University

    Battle of the Plug – Western Carolina University




    CCN 2010 (pilot year)



    Participants: ~80,000 students at 38 college and universities

    Competition window: November 1 - 29, 2010


    Program-wide savings from electricity competitions

    508,700 kilowatt-hours saved by buildings that reduced, which is equivalent to:

    • 816,000 lbs of CO2
    • $50,200

    Top reducing campuses

    DePauw University - top electricity reducer

    Humboldt State University - top water reducer


    Group competition winners

    Appalachian State University

    Bowling Green State University

    Cal Poly Pomona

    Emory University

    St John’s University

    University of Cincinnati






    Sponsors


    If you’d like more information about program sponsorship or are interested in becoming a sponsor, please check out our Sponsorship Flyer or get in touch with the program organizers by sending us an email at ccn@competetoreduce.org.



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