National Wildlife Federation Announces 2013 Results For The Campus Conservation Nationals Competition

Largest nationwide electricity and water reduction competition on college campuses

05-01-2013 // Christina Batcheler
Northland College students with solar panels

The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) in partnership with Lucid Design Group, the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and the Alliance to Save Energy, announces the 2013 results for the Campus Conservation Nationals Competition (CCN), the largest nationwide electricity and water reduction competition on college and university campuses.

From February 4 through April 26, 2013, students, faculty and staff switched off unused electronics, took shorter showers, and turned off lights in common areas, all to see who could save the most. Participants organized events, utilized social media, and launched creative marketing campaigns to motivate their peers to take personal actions and encourage changes in building operations. Through thousands of direct actions and collective effort, CCN participants demonstrated that personal actions can significantly reduce energy use and advance the sustainability of their schools.

This year, 300,000 students at 120 colleges and universities across the U.S. saved 2,114,844 kilowatt-hours of electricity, equivalent to 2,426,040 pounds of CO2. This is enough to power 187 U.S. homes for a year. Students were also able to save 1,681,241 gallons of water, equivalent to 11,208 shower hours. To learn more about the results of the competition, please visit:

“The National Wildlife Federation is committed to protecting America’s wildlife for our children’s future, and the efforts of the 300,000 students that competed in Campus Conservation Nationals this spring gives us hope for the future,” says Patrick Fitzgerald, Senior Director of Education Management.

With hundreds of schools and thousands of events, CCN 2013 was felt far and wide. During the 2013 competition some schools joined regional competitions, going head to head with rival schools. Schools in New York, California, Kentucky competed in small groups to see which could take the top prize.

The National Wildlife Federation also hosted a CCN video contest, offering a $1,000 grand prize to the school with the best video documenting students taking positive actions on their campus. Earlham College in Indiana won best video, featuring strategies to reduce energy and water usage on campus with more than 500 votes from CCN participants. Watch the 2013 CCN video program featuring campuses competing this spring at:

“The videos are inspiring examples of the creative actions students are taking to address climate change and improve the sustainability of their universities,” said Kristy Jones, Senior Manager, Campus Ecology.

Participating schools used Lucid’s Building Dashboard® to compare performance, share winning strategies and track standings among the leading schools and buildings. With generous support from The Kendeda Fund, United Technologies Corp, and Constellation, an Excelon Company, CCN gave students and staff an opportunity to organize and make immediate and lasting impacts on a school’s carbon emissions and campus culture.

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CCN is the largest nationwide electricity and water reduction competition on college and university campuses. In its third year, CCN gives a common voice and motivation to hundreds of thousands of students, all working together to reduce consumption and mitigate the impacts of climate change. For more information, please go to:

NWF’s Campus Ecology Program has been a lead partner on the Campus Conservation Nationals since 2011. Before 2011, NWF hosted its own green campus competition, Chill Out, showcasing students, faculty and staff taking action for the environment. NWF’s Campus Ecology Program works with more than half of the nation’s 4,100 colleges and universities to advance climate action and sustainability on campus and in the community. For more information, please go to:

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