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EcoMadness 2014

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. The dorm 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.

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



Percent Reduction

Water Use % Reduction Energy Use % Reduction
1st Place Troy/Shakespeare (West) 20% Buckley 23%
2nd Place Sprague (East) 12% Whitney (East) 20%
3rd Place Terry (Northwest) 8% Terry (Northwest) 14%

Per Capita Use

Water Use gal / person Energy Use kWh / person
1st Place Grange/Hicks (East) 17.9 Chandle/Lancaster (West) 3.23
2nd Place Sprague (East) 26.7 Buckley 3.46
3rd Place Russell (Northwest) 30.6 Holcomb (East) 3.47

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!

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.