BELLINGHAM - Western Washington University's Office of Sustainability is coordinating the "Go for the Green" program in eight of the University's 16 residential communities to reduce electricity use and carbon dioxide emissions.
The challenge, which began in January and will last through March, has each WWU residence hall competing to gain points which can be earned by decreasing electricity use, attending programs about sustainability, filling out surveys and signing a pledge to reduce consumption.
The first month's results show an average reduction of 12.8 percent from January of last year, surpassing the original goal of five to 10 percent. Fairhaven Residences is in the lead, with a decrease of 24.8 percent as compared to last year.
This reduction prevented more than 22,500 pounds of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere as well as saving the University $3,695, said Kimbrough Mauney, coordinator of the Residents Resource Awareness Program (ResRAP).
The residential community with the most points will be announced after spring break. The winning residence hall will receive the grand prize of the Upfront Theatre troop performing in their hall. The program has also collected more than $2,500 worth of prizes from companies such as REI and the Eagle Rock Challenge Course in Mount Vernon.
Other sponsors of the program include the Environmental Center, Students for Renewable Energy and the Outdoor Center.
The participating residential communities include Mathes, Kappa, Edens, Edens North, Higginson, Fairhaven, Buchanan Towers and Birnam Wood.
For more information, contact Kimbrough Mauney at (360) 650-2011 or visit http://www.wwu.edu/goforthegreen.