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EcoMadness 2013

EcoMadness is a month long energy and water conservation competition. Each participating building has its own meter which measures the amount of water (in gallons) and the amount of energy (in kilowatt-hours) per day. These numbers are divided by the number of students in the building so we can find the energy and water usage per capita in each dorm. Thedorm standings will be updated at least once a week during the competition so that everyone can keep track of the progress they are making. At the end of the month long period, winners will be announced based on who had the largest reduction of energyand water usage and who used the lowest amounts of energy and water overall.


Percent Reduction

Water Use % Reduction Energy Use % Reduction
1st Place Allen/Kingston (Towers) 10.3% Beecher/Vinton (Towers) 6.4%
2nd Place Sprague (East) 9.6% Whitney (East) 6.3%
3rd Place Hanks (Northwest) 4.9% Shippee 5.2%

Per Capita Use

Water Use gal / person Energy Use kWh / person
1st Place Sprague (East) 31.9 Holcomb (East) 3.2
2nd Place Terry (Northwest) 33.3 Hollister A/Hollister B (West) 3.3
3rd Place Hanks (Northwest) 33.9 Buckley 3.4
Area Building Water Use Reduction (%) Energy Use Reduction (%) Per Capita Water Usage (Gallons) Per Capita Energy Usage (kWh)
Buckley Buckley 0.0 0.0 36.8 3.6
Northwest Batterson 3.0 0.0 38.0 3.6
Northwest Goodyear 2.0 0.0 36.0 4.3
Northwest Hanks 4.0 2.0 34.1 3.9
Northwest Rogers 0.0 1.0 52.5 3.8
Northwest Russell 0.0 1.0 35.5 4.2
Northwest Terry 0.0 0.0 33.4 3.6
Shippee Shippee 1.0 3.0 47.3 7.6
Towers Sherman/Webster  1.0 0.0 38.9 4.5
Towers Jefferson/Colt 1.0 0.0 34.8 4.4
Towers Trumbull/Sousa/Lafeyette/Morgan  0.0 0.0 44.1 5.0
Towers Hamilton/Wade/Fenwick/Keller  0.0 3.0 48.2 4.9
Towers Beecher/Vinton  2.0 5.0 35.7 5.1
Towers Allen/Kingston 10.0 1.0 42.9 5.2
West Alsop A/Alsop B  1.0 0.0 38.3 3.7
West Hollister A/Hollister B  0.0 0.0 47.2 3.4
West Troy/Shakespeare 0.0 0.0 44.7 3.7
West Chandler/Lancaster  1.0 0.0 41.5 3.7
East Grange/Hicks 0.0 0.0 40.2 4.0
East Holcomb 2.0 0.0 35.5 3.2
East Sprague 9.0 0.0 31.9 4.2
East Whitney 2.0 0.0 39.6 5.1

EcoMadness Current Events

We have our winners!

In the water reduction category, Allen/Kingston of Towers claimed first place with a 10.3% reduction in their water usage. In second place, close behind, Sprague of East campus had a 9.6% reduction. Hanks of Northwest experienced a 4.9% reduction in water usage. Congratulations to all of the dormitories, and congratulations especially to Allen/Kingston for being such a leader in water reduction! In terms of water usage per student, Sprague took first place with only 31.9 gallons of water used per student. Excellent work! Two dormitories of Northwest took second and third place – Terry and Hanks – with 33.3 and 33.9 gallons of water used per student, respectively. Way to go! Very impressive numbers all around! Although the competition has ended, we should all remain especially mindful of our water usage due to a recent lack of rainfall. Remember to still shorten the length of your showers, watch out for leaving water faucets running and only wash your clothes if you have a full load.

The winner of energy reduction is Beecher/Vinton of Towers with a 6.4% reduction in electricity usage. Very, very close behind was Whitney of East campus with a 6.3% reduction – a 0.1% difference in electricity reduction. So close! Although Beecher/Vinton is the winner of the energy reduction category, congratulations to Whitney for being such a strong contender in the competition. Shippee was close behind with a 5.2% reduction. Holcomb of East took first place in the per capita electricity usage category with 3.2 kWh used per student, followed by Hollister A/Hollister B of West with 3.3 kWh used per student. Buckley took third place with 3.4 kWh used per student. All around, these are very impressive numbers in electricity reduction!

Allen/Kingston, Sprague, Beecher/Vinton and Holcomb – you are the winners of EcoMadness 2013! Congratulations again! You should be proud of yourself for demonstrating excellent conservation and sustainable lifestyle practices throughout the entire four weeks of the semester. Keep up the fantastic work even if EcoMadness is over. And of course, enjoy your ice cream party!!

EcoMadness Activities

Bingo: print out bingo sheets from the OEP website and get your residents educated about a variety of environmental terms and several green features at UConn. Bingo Boards: Version 1 | Version 2 | Version 3

Jeopardy: Test your knowledge and see who’s been reading the bulletin board!  Set up in teams and have a friendly jeopardy face off!

Green Scavenger huntIt’s a race against the clock! Split your residents into partners or small groups and send them on a hunt through the dorm and out around campus to find UConn’s sustainable features.
(Shhhhhh! Here's the answer sheet.)

Short shower floor competition: This one is on the honor system.  Tape a log sheet on the wall by the shower and have residents post their shower times throughout the week.  The floor with the shortest overall time for the week (or shortest per capita) wins!

Glow in the Dark Frisbee/turn out the lightsTell everyone to turn off the lights and go outside for an hour.  We’ll provide you with the Frisbees and you just go have fun!

Seed planting (discuss with your hall director, we cannot provide seeds or pots): Gather residents to plant a seed that will grow into a beautiful flower in their room. Great for decoration and bringing the outdoors inside.

Getting Involved

EcoCaptains are responsible for promoting the EcoMadness Competition. They will motivate their fellow residents to conserve water and energy as well as be responsible for advertising the contest. Click here to view the EcoCaptains flyer.

The EcoMadness Pledge

Please take the EcoMadness Pledge! By taking this pledge you are dedicating yourself to actively participate in EcoMadness by doing your best to reduce your energy and water consumption. You can print out the pledge (found under "Advertising Resources"), cut off the excess paper (make sure to recycle it!) and tape the pledge to your door so that your fellow residents may know that you are committed and be inspired to join in the effort to conserve. Pick one or two things from the list of tips for conserving energy and water and write them on the lines provided. It will be your goal to, at the very least, stick to the tips you have chosen. For example you may choose to pledge to turn off your lights every time you leave the room, or to do your best to take shorter showers. So post your pledge today and good luck competing in EcoMadness!

Advertising Resources

Conservation Tips


  1. Only wash your clothes if you have a full load to do. Pool laundry with your friends to make full loads!
  2. Report all leaks to your CA or ResLife immediately!
  3. Turn off the water when brushing your teeth, washing your face, shaving, etc.
  4. Take shorter showers! This will save between 5 and 10 gallons of water per minute.
  5. Don't flush any type of garbage down the toilet. Every flush uses around 7 gallons of water!
  6. When washing dishes, use a full sink of warm water instead of running the faucet continuously.


  1. Turn off the lights when nobody is in the room! This goes especially for bathrooms and common rooms when they aren't occupied!
  2. Avoid the "phantom load". Appliances such as your TV, DVD player, cell phone charger, etc. consume energy just by being plugged in. Unplug them when not in use!
  3. Turn down your thermostat before going to bed. For every degree you reduce it, you will save 5% on heating.
  4. Wash your clothes in cold water. It works just as well as warm water, will keep colors from bleeding, and saves the energy that would have gone to heating the water!
  5. Install compact fluorescent lightbulbs in your lamps. They use 1/4 the electricity of a normal bulb.
  6. Power down your computer when not in use. For desk tops, turn off the monitor when you aren't using it.