Today, St. Mary’s College of Maryland announced the results of its participation in the fifth annual Campus Conservation Nationals (CCN) competition, a nationwide effort among colleges and universities to conserve electricity and water. In just three weeks—April 5 to 26—St. Mary’s College students, faculty, and staff saved a total of 6,393 kilowatt hours, resulting in the avoidance of 4.4 metric tons of CO2 emissions.
St. Mary’s College joined the ranks of over 100 institutions nationwide that participated in CCN. CCN is hosted by the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Lucid, the Alliance to Save Energy and the National Wildlife Federation.
“Campus Conservation Nationals creates a unique opportunity for students across the continent to mobilize and reduce their resource consumption. Students are taking an active role in leadership and personal behavior change to mitigate the effects of climate change and promote sustainability, and it all starts on their campuses,” said Hannah Debelius, USGBC students program manager at the Center for Green Schools at USGBC.
“Green Cup was a great success. We would like to thank our campus community for participating and getting excited about saving energy, and our sponsors for providing a generous set of prizes for the competition,” said competition organizer and St. Mary’s College senior Kate Cowart.
Sponsors for the 2015 Green Cup included Sweet Frog Frozen Yogurt, Cracker Barrel, Bella Salon and Spa, Cocoa’s Caribbean, ASI/Mac-Gray Laundry Systems, Ledo’s Pizza, and Texas Roadhouse.
Learn more about St. Mary’s College’s sustainability efforts at www.smcm.edu/sustainability.