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Portland State University was ranked among the top ten colleges this week for energy reduction during Campus Conservation Nationals, an annual spring competition among colleges in the United States and Canada to conserve electricity and water.
PSU students emitted nearly 42,000 pounds of carbon dioxide less than usual in their residence halls during the three-week competition period, which saved the university about $6,446 in utility costs, according to a release from the university.
Participating students organized a candlelight dinner, a smart laundry workshop and other events to raise awareness during the competition. Some students made pledges to take shorter showers or unplug their electronics.
The university competed against 108 other colleges in the United States and Canada. More than 265,000 students participated in the competition and averted releasing 3 million pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, according to a release from the competition's organizers.
Students also saved nearly 476,000 gallons of water, the CCN release said, which is equal to 1.8 million watter bottles.
“This tangible mobilization of hundreds of thousands of students... shows that the next generation is ready for change and is no longer willing to wait for decision makers to address the issues at hand,” Hannah Debelius, U.S. Green Building Council students program manager, said in the university's release.
-- Melissa Binder