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Previous Winners

Congratulations to the 2019 Winners!

College of Engineering recives the Energy Wars RewardAcademic: Engineering
Housing: Mountain View Tower, West Campus, Blue Square, SLC, and South Campus

Academic Buildings

  • 2020: Ray B. West
  • 2019: Engineering
  • 2018: Education
  • 2017: Natural Resources
  • 2016: Old Main

Residential Buildings

  • 2020: Energy Wars was an educational campaign in campus housing due to COVID-19.
  • 2019: Mountain View Tower, West Campus, Blue Square, SLC, and South Campus
  • 2018: Living Learning Community
  • 2017: Living Learning Community
  • 2016: Living Learning Community
  • 2015: Student Living Center
  • 2014: Living Learning Community
  • 2013: South Campus

Energy Wars

Energy Wars is an on-campus tradition where academic and residential halls compete to see who can reduce the most energy consumption in one month. Usually in October and November, students, faculty, and staff alike are motivated to lower their carbon footprint by doing simple daily tasks, such as turning off their lights when they leave the room, unplugging their unused electronics, and turning down the heater. Whichever building reduces their overall energy use the most by the end of the month will recieve an award and prizes.

2020 Events

  • Instagram Photo Challenge, October 9-12 Competition Brief
  • Kahoots: Energy Wars Edition, October 12 @ 6:00 on Zoom (see below)
    • Meeting ID: 897 9470 4731
    • Passcode: ENERGYWARS

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I get involved in Energy Wars?

There are a lot of ways to participate in Energy Wars:

  • Take part in our Energy Wars events each fall!
  • Reduce your energy use! It makes a difference.
  • Talk to your friends and roommates about ways you reduce energy consumption, or post on social media.
  • Everyone can add something unique to their resume by contacting the Conservation Event Intern to plan an event. If you live on campus, talk to your RA about planning an energy-themed program.

What can I do to lower my energy use?

Here are some simple ways you can reduce your energy consumption on campus:

  • Skip the space heater. If your area has hot/cold issues, contact facilities customer service.
  • Turn off the lights and electronics when not in use.
  • Unplug electronics when they're not in use.
  • Avoid mini fridges and buy energy efficient appliances such as Energy STAR or EPEAT certified products. 
  • Use natural lighting.
  • Use light emitting diode (LED) bulbs in lamps. 
  • Take the stairs.  
  • Dress for the weather and adjust the thermostat.
  • Take shorter showers to reduce energy used to heat hot water.
  • Wash clothes in cold water in full loads.
  • Air dry clothes.
  • Report residence hall energy inefficiencies to the desk, e.g. drafty windows or doors.

How Do You Decide Which Building Wins?

Since each building is unique with different numbers of students and different amenities, each hall will compete against its average energy consumption baseline. Academic buildings win by reducing their energy consumption as a percentage of a baseline of average use. Housing used to use energy readings but switched to a point-based system rewarding conservation activities in 2018. 

Which buildings are competing this year?

Energy Wars started in Housing around 2010. Starting in 2016, academic buildings entered the competition. This year, Housing is participating in an ed  ucational campaign with individual prizes. Academic buildings will compete with the same baseline. The prize will be awarded in a plan coordinated with the winning building.

Carbon Neutrality at Utah State University

Utah State is committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2050. Carbon neutrality means that a building, organization, or person reduces greenhouse gas emissions to net zero. In other words, USU will reduce fossil fuel emissions to the extent possible and offset remaining emissions if necessary. Carbon neutrality reduces environmental impact and can lead to a healthier and restorative practices. In recent years, faculty, staff, and students at Utah State University have worked hard to make campus a more sustainable place by writing resolutions that led to formalizing a Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan, implementing Student Sustainability Grants, and developing a Sustainability Plan that goes beyond greenhouse gases, addressing curriculum, engagement, waste reduction,
and more. 

Energy Wars helps Utah State to reach carbon neutrality by encouraging fun and engaging activities that lead to measurable reductions in energy consumption. Each October and November, academic and residential buildings compete to see who can reduce the most energy use, oftentimes accompanied by events and informative programming.

Jordan Taft in front of a lake

Have a Question?

Contact Jordan Taft, SSC Conservation Event Intern for any questions, comments, or event ideas.