Dalhousie University Residence Ecolympics

Ecolympics 2022 will take place in February.

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.

Highlights of Ecolympics 2021 February 20th - March 6th

Welcome to Ecolympics  - Feb 20th at 11:00 am

Instagram Live

Dalhousie's Sustainability Manager will be going live to talk all things Ecolympics and tell you how you can participate.

What Goes Where Workshop with HRM's Waste Less - Feb 22nd at 5:00 pm

Email rethink@dal.ca for MS Teams link

Have you ever wondered whether it belongs in the garbage or recycling? This workshop will help you become a recycling champion through learning how to sort waste at home.

Cooking Class with Loaded Ladle - Feb 23rd at 5:00 pm

Instagram Live

Join the Loaded Ladle and Dalhousie’s Sustainability Manager as they cook up some delicious vegan dorm snacks and chat about how you can get involved on campus.

Planting Party - Feb 24th at 6:00 pm

New Eddy Basement

Come grab a plant and decorate your own plant pot. We'll have soil and rocks so you can build a healthy environment for your plant!

Root Vegetable Takeover - Feb 25th 

Dining Halls

Come down to our dining halls for a root vegetable themed menu featuring local farmer, Sawler Garden Ltd.

Trivia with Stop Trashing It - Feb 25th at 7:00 pm

Residence Discord Server

Stop Trashing It is a non profit start by a Dalhousie grad looking to share knowledge and tools to live lighter on our planet. Join them for trivia and prizes and learn some great zero waste tips.

EcoSong Challenge - Feb 26th - March 5th

GooseChase code: QM59G5

We will have least 30 challenges centered around sustainability and eco-friendly practices will be posted on goosechase and participants will have a week to complete the challenges.

There will also be some creative challenges to allow for more points and to showcase individuality. The participants with the top three scores will get prizes and everyone will receive door prizes!

Planting Party - Feb 27th at 3:00 pm

New Risley Study Lounge, 4th Floor

Come grab a plant and decorate your own plant pot. We'll have soil and rocks so you can build a healthy environment for your plant!

Zoom Trivia Night - Feb 27th at 5:00 pm

Email rethink@dal.ca for link

Join us for zoom trivia about the environment and sustainability with a few pop culture questions thrown in. There will be prizes for the winners!

Point Pleasant Walk and Talk (and Clean Up) - Feb 28th at 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Meet at Bonaventure Anchor on Sailors Way

Come on a hike at Point Pleasent Park where we will learn about sustainability and clean up the park.

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Fish Feature - March 2nd

Dining Halls

We will be featuring an MSC certified Pollock Rainbow Bowl in our dining halls.

Planting Party - March 3rd at 6:00 pm

LMP Study Lounge, 5th Floor

Come grab a plant and decorate your own plant pot. We'll have soil and rocks so you can build a healthy environment for your plant!

Kahoot Trivia Game Ecolymics Style - March 4th @ 7:00 pm

Shirreff 6-7pm New Eddy Games room

Risley 7-8pm 3rd floor lounge

LMP 8-9pm 3rd floor lounge

We are hosting a Kahoot Trivia game based on topics such as local Farmer's Markets, sustainable resources, LEED certified buildings, recycling, etc. Everyone who participates can win a reusable water bottle. Top 3 winners will also win a Pete's Frootique gift card.

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)