Howard Students Win DC Campus Energy Challenge

Outlasting teams from American University and George Washington University, students from Howard University reduced campus energy consumption by 14 percent to win the D.C. Campus Challenge sponsored by the Alliance to Save Energy.

Howard University’s Green Team led the energy-saving movement, promoting the competition with social media, energy audits in students’ rooms, educational posters and flyers and by turning off lights in empty hallways and common areas. The team also formed a “study buddy” system encouraging students to do homework with a partner or in small groups in order to light up fewer dorm rooms.

“I want to thank Alliance to Save Energy, the DC Department of the Environment and Howard for this wonderful experience to help reduce our carbon footprint, save Howard money and educate students on energy efficiency,” said Nyekah Washington, intern in the Office of Sustainability.