Dalhousie University Residence Ecolympics

Ecolympics 2022 will take place from February 7th - 20th.

The annual Ecolympics competition is hosted by Dalhousie University’s Dal Residence Life and the Office of Sustainability to help reduce energy and water consumption in residences through competition and education. Before the competition begins, energy and water consumption baselines are determined for all participating residences.

During the two-week competition each residence is challenged to decrease their energy and water consumption and take other sustainable actions. Throughout the two weeks of the Ecolympics, sustainability will be promoted around the campus in order to educate and inform participants and campus members. The winning residence will be determined by water and energy reduction levels, verified through metering. Student participation is also measured during Ecolympics-related events, weighted by total residence population. On campus sustainability commitments will also be collected during the two week competition. The winning residence for HFX and AC campuses gets to take home the residence trophy.

Overall goals of Dalhousie University’s Ecolympics:

  • Have an engaging and competitive residence wide energy and water consumption competition;
  • Raise awareness of sustainability initiatives at Dalhousie;
  • Have the competition influence an adoption of more sustainable lifestyle choices;
  • Reduce Dalhousie’s carbon footprint.

Ecolympics 2022 Event Schedule

Check the @DalResidence and @sustainabilityatdal Instagram accounts for details and updates

Participate in Ecolympics Bingo from Feb 7th - 20th for a chance to win!

Download the Bingo sheet here and fill in the boxes with pictures. Once complete, email it to rethink@dal.ca before midnight on Feb 20th. You'll be entered to win a prize pack from the Tare Shop!

Monday. February 7th

Instagram Live with Sustainability Manager Kareina D'Souza at 5:30 pm

Cookies & Commitments in Risley Lobby at 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Plant Potting in LeMarchent Plance and Glengary (Virtual/Pick Up Program)

Poster Making in Chapman Lounge at 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm 

Come down and make posters for bathrooms, bedrooms and common spaces that will help remind people to turn off or unplug things when they aren't in use!

Poster Making in Trueman Lounge at 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm 

Come down and make posters for bathrooms, bedrooms and common spaces that will help remind people to turn off or unplug things when they aren't in use!

February 7th– 12th  Environmental Bingo

Feb 7th – 12th Eco-mittments Photo Scavenger Hunt in All Buildings

Tuesday, February 8th

Cookies & Commitments in LeMarchant Place at 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Poster Making in Fraser Lounge at 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm 

Come down and make posters for bathrooms, bedrooms and common spaces that will help remind people to turn off or unplug things when they aren't in use!

Wednesday, February 9th

Yoga with Raina at 7 pm  in the Chapman Lounge

Cookies & Commitments in Shirreff Hall 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Conscious Cleaning Night in Risley at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Marine Stewardship Council Sustainable Fish Feature in Halifax Dining Halls

Thursday, February 10th

Cookies & Commitments  in Howe Hall from 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Sustainable Spa Night in Risley Hall from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Friday, February 11th

Saturday, February 12th

Clothing Swap in LeMarchant Atrium from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Sunday, February 13th

Monday, February 14th

February 14-19 Chapman House Interactive “Sustainable Ways to Pass the Time” board

AC's Re-Sources - "where do our resources come from" workshop in Chapman Lounge 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

This workshop is an exploration of where water, electricity and other resources on the AC campus come from.

Feb 14th to 18th "Clean It Out" in SUB 3rd floor Society HUB Boardroom 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This event aims to encourage students at Dal to throw out their old items in an environmentally conscious manner. The goal is to divert maximum waste from landfills and donate/swap collected items.

Tuesday, February 15th

Wednesday, February 16th

“I am Greta Thunberg” Documentary viewing in Jenkins Hall at 7 pm

Local Food Day Celebration with Acadiana Tofu in Halifax Dining Hall

Thursday, February 17th

Environmental Goal and Grow Your Own Plant in Shirreff Hall from 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm     

Grow your own Herb Garden in Risley from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm     

Plant Potting & Ted Talk (Pick-up / Virtual Program) in Howe Hall

"Global Use and Availability" workshop in Trueman at 6:00 - 7:00 pm

This is an an interactive activity where people represent areas of the world and 'resources' are distributed as a representation of the real world.

Sewing Workshop in SUB Room 224, 4pm-5pm

Friday, February 18th

Jean Painting Party in Risley from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Saturday, February 19th

Trash Trivia Night (Virtual Program) for all Residents

Letters to Self, Personal Values workshop in Fraser Lounge at 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

This will be a discussion of the types of values that contribute to a person's world view as well as how to respect differencing values. Participants would be encouraged to write letters to themselves about what values they consider to be the most important to them and why.

Sunday, February  20th

End of Ecolympics 


2020 Winners

  • All Campuses Electricity Winner - Shirreff Hall (7% reduction against the baseline)
  • Halifax campuses Water Winner – Risley Hall (3% reduction against the baseline)
  • All Campuses Heat Winner - Gerard Hall (7% reduction against the baseline)
  • Overall 2019 Ecolympics Winner - Fraser House (5% reduction against baseline)