Do One Thing to Celebrate Energy Awareness Month!

Power Off 2011 PosterEach year the U.S. Department of Energy declares October as National Energy Awareness Month with the goal of empowering communities to take action and join together to conserve energy.  North Carolina State University will support Energy Awareness Month 2011 with several events and initiatives throughout October.

The electric bill for NC State averages $22 million a year, making the university one of the largest users of energy in the state.  The entire campus community is encouraged to simply do one thing like “Hit the Switch,” “Shut the Sash,” or “Pull the Plug.” Together, we can have a big impact on protecting our resources for future generations.  Visit the Change Your State web site for energy tips in labs, classrooms, offices and residence halls.

Fall Sustainability Passport

Students, faculty and staff can pick up a passport from the Student Media desk in the West Dunn Building.  Carry your passport to any of the events listed and get it punched.  Get four punches on your card and be entered to win prizes from the Bookstore, University Sustainability Office and others!  For a full list of events visit the Campus Sustainability Day web site:

Power Off 2011

Between October 1 and October 28 Owen and Tucker Residence Halls are competing to combat Phantom Power.  Phantom load accounts for roughly 10% of residential energy consumption and students can make a big impact by simply unplugging electronic devices not in use.  The Power Off 2011 champion will be crowned Friday, October 28 during Campus Sustainability Day on Harris Field.

EnviroVision 2011

University Housing, in conjunction with UAB, the University Sustainability Office and Waste Reduction and Recycling is asking you to “thrill” the campus community with your filmmaking prowess. Find a friend, grab a camera and set-off in search of the next great sustainable movement.

Entries are due October 24. Winners will be revealed at 7:30 p.m. on Campus Sustainability Day.

For more information, check out EnviroVision on Facebook:

Change Your State

The goal of Change Your State is a 5 percent reduction in campus electricity use through behavior change.  In support of this effort, the University Sustainability Office and Energy Management will launch a 360 degree tour of five spaces on campus.  Users will be able to turn devices on and off and watch as the energy and greenhouse gas emissions totals grow and receive tips on how to conserve energy in their everyday lives.

Keep an eye on for the unveiling of this unique feature.

Campus Sustainability Day

Friday, October 28 on Harris Field (4 p.m. – 8 p.m.) many campus departments and student groups will host a Halloween themed carnival focusing on sustainability issues.  The event will kick off the Union Activities Board’s “Thriller Weekend” celebrating the organization’s 60th anniversary.

Games on Harris Field include recycled bowling, bobbing for apples, energy Jeopardy, fortune tellers and more.  Come dressed in your most ghoulish outfit for the Costume Contest and you can win in two categories:  Best Overall and Most Recycled (made of most/unique recycled content).

Visit the Campus Sustainability Day web site for more information on all these events: