Chill Out 2011 Winners

High School Actions Category

Manhattan Comprehensive Night and Day High School

Manhattan Comprehensive Night and Day High School (New York, NY) is implementing a multi-phase effort to improve energy efficiency in the school and the local community, beginning with educating students on energy auditing. After learning the fundamentals, students are engaging with the community to inform them about their energy options and designing efficiency measures for their school building that will save on both funds and energy emissions.

Green Sporting Events & Programs Category

Baylor University

Baylor University (Waco, TX) students are working to improve the footprint of their sports program by educating fans on the benefits of recycling. Through student and community volunteer participation, one-on-one communication and strategic advertising, this program has tripled the amount of plastic and aluminum recycled at home games and diverted 6.5 tons of trash from the waste stream.

Green Jobs and Education Category

Central Carolina Community College

Central Carolina Community College's (Pittsboro, NC) Green Building and Renewable Energy Program is dedicated to training instructors for sustainable industries and the new green workforce to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and create new jobs. Students and faculty host an eco-business trade show and tours of farms and green homes, showcasing the growing green industries in the region.

Innovative Research and Design Technology Category

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Missouri University of Science and Technology's (Rolla, MO) student-run Solar Team creates attractive and energy-efficient solar powered homes to compete in the international Solar Decathlon competition on the National Mall in Washington, DC. The team also displays its designs closer to home, at the Solar Village in Rolla, MO.

Students in Action Category

Montreat College

Montreat College's (Montreat, NC) student leadership team, SEEDS, engages with the student body, administration and local community in a variety of visionary initiatives, such as the Residence Energy Challenge and the Garden of Eatin'. By encouraging students to reduce their energy consumption and providing both gardening skills and fresh produce to the campus and community, SEEDS serves as an ongoing sustainability resource.

Campus Actions Category

Eastern Mennonite University

Eastern Mennonite University's (Harrisonburg, VA) student, faculty, and staff-run Creation Care Council provides a forum to coordinate campus-wide sustainability efforts. The Council's initiatives integrate a theology of caring for the Earth with activities aimed at improving education, community gardening, recycling and composting, and energy efficiency in transportation, infrastructure, and grounds and buildings.