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Residence Ecolympics February 5-19, 2017: Competition to Reduce Energy, Water and Waste Consumption


The annual Ecolympics competition is hosted by Dalhousie University’s Green Residence Forum (GRF) to help reduce energy and water consumption in residences through competition and education. The energy challenge is aligned with the Atlantic University Annual Energy Challenge. 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. Winning residence will be determined by water and energy reductions, verified through metering. 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
  • Heighten awareness of sustainability initiatives at Dalhousie
  • Have the competition influence the adoption of more sustainable lifestyle choices
  • Reduce Dalhousie’s carbon footprint

2017 winners 

  • All Campuses Electricity Winner - Chapman House, AC (19% reduction against the baseline)
  • Hfx campuses Water Winner – Risley Hall (4.3% reduction against the baseline)