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Release Date: Friday, May 24, 2013 4:00 PM
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Howard University Wins Big Energy
In DC Campus Competition


Timothy McDougle, Office of Residence Life; Nyekah Washington, Office of Sustainability intern, Katryna Carter, Bison GreenTeam Lead and Alfonzye Chisholm, Director, Office of Sustainability.

WASHINGTON (March 7, 2012) – In its first campus energy competition, Howard University students reduced overall energy use by 14% in its participating dorms, out-saving fellow competitors at American and George Washington Universities in the Alliance to Save Energy’s “D.C. Campus Challenge: How Much Can You Power Down?” competition.

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.

Howard’s Office of Sustainability Director Alfonzye Chisholm Jr. said the competition helps further its main objectives. 

“We entered this competition to establish a ‘greener’ Howard University operation and environment, to help lead the inclusion of minorities in this worldwide initiative and to help prepare the next leaders in sustainability,” he said. “Winning was a huge statement for all minority institutions.”

During the month-long competition, students from the three D.C. universities saved enough energy to power 14 houses for a full year. By reducing energy use in their residence halls through education and outreach to fellow students, they saved over 168,000 kWh of electricity in just four weeks – an average reduction of 7% compared to a year earlier.

“Energy competitions like this boost energy awareness, inspire personal behavior changes and increase energy-efficient practices,” said Judi Quach, education project manager at the Alliance. “Plus, they result in electricity and financial savings that benefit our communities and our environment.”

Funded by the District’s Department of the Environment, the Alliance’s competition trained and provided students and staff with resources about energy efficiency and conservation and strategies for running a successful energy competition, including using community-based social marketing. The Alliance also coordinated energy audit training for each campus team with Tamasin Sterner, founder and president of Pure Energy Coach, a company that provides coaching and training in audits, quality assurance inspections and home energy retrofits.


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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