Results in for Power Down Hour, Recyclemania, residence hall competition

April 28, 2010

The results of Purdue's Power Down Hour, Recyclemania and the residence hall energy conservation competition were announced at the University's Earth Day celebration on Thursday.
Power Down Hour: Faculty, staff and students reduced campus peak electric demand 2.5 megawatts and saved 1,468 kilowatt hours by turning off lights, computers and equipment wherever possible from noon to 1 p.m.  April 20. The savings translate into a reduction in overall carbon dioxide emissions equivalent to taking 530 cars off the road for one hour.

Recyclemania: Purdue ranked 102 of 267 in the Grand Champion category of Recyclemania, a 10-week competition in which schools seek to promote waste reduction. There were 607 participating colleges and universities and eight competition categories, ranging from the largest amount of recyclables collected per capita to the highest recycling rate. More Purdue results can be found at

Residence hall competition: Shreve Hall won the energy conservation competition by reducing its average daily energy use per person from 9.74 kilowatt hours to 9.09. Energy metering devices collected data at Earhart, Harrison, First Street Towers, McCutcheon and Shreve residence halls from April 5-18.
More information about Purdue's sustainability efforts is at