“CCN is a great way to learn how small, everyday decisions can really have a large impact on energy consumption.”

- Philip Mansfield, Manager, Sustainability Programs / Environmental Health and Safety, Carleton University 

"Planning and implementing a successful competition is not as daunting as it may seem."

Nicole Schmiedt, Student Eco-Rep Coordinator

Concordia College was a Top 10 Electricity Reducer in CCN 2015

"During the challenge we saw a lot of growth in students as they took their consumption patterns into their own hands."

Jackie Goodwin ‘17, Chief Content Creator and Energy Challenge Coordinator

Dickinson College was a Top 10 Electricity Reducer in CCN 2015

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“The spring competition season was a good time of year to teach people about saving water and energy, because many of our students will be graduating or transitioning to live off campus. It teaches them techniques about keeping utility bills low and conserving resources.”

- Allison Stillmaker, Housing and Residential Life Representative, EWU

Eastern Washington University was a Top 5 Water Reducer in CCN 2015

"We have found that a small core group of planners is the most efficient.... We had to develop different programs, events and messages to appeal to each of our target audiences: faculty, staff and students."

- Jen Cox, Associate Director of Facilities Management Missouri State University

"The quantifiable savings from CCN have resulted, over the past three years, in a continuing investment by the energy program in metering all of our residence halls."

John Viau, Sustainability Coordinator, Facility Services, Advisor to Bearcats Going Green

Northwest Missouri State University was a Top 10 Electricity Reducer in CCN 2015

"The greatest benefit in participating in the competition was expanding awareness of conservation issues and awareness of organizational interest and support of conservation efforts. This is not only true of student awareness, but also awareness among college staff."

- David Davis, Energy Resource Manager

Pima Community College was a Top 5 Water Reducer in CCN 2015

"It showed us that small steps really do add up to a huge difference, and that this kind of reduction is important for us and for the Austin community at large."

 - Cristina Bordin, Sustainability Coordinator, and Eliza Worrick, Administrative Coordinator, Office of the President


"All dollar savings were donated to St. John’s Bread & Life Soup Kitchen in Brooklyn, which serves over 1,000 meals daily to hungry New Yorkers and offers a variety of services to its clients."

- Thomas Goldsmith, Director of Energy & Environmental Conservation, Department of Facilities and Campus Services

"Community was strengthened within the residence as participants got competitive and encouraged each other to practice electricity-reducing behavior."

Lisa Dockman, Sustainability Coordinator, Office of Sustainability

"At Western we believe in the Triple Bottom Line and looking at not only the fiscal impacts and the impact on the environment, but also how sustainability impacts people and social systems. This was a great chance to implement that philosophy."

- Morgan Schmidt, Student and Sustainability Assistant, and Shannon R. Havlik, Sustainability Coordinator


Western Technical College was a Top 10 Electricity Reducer in CCN 2015

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We would like to tell others who are thinking about participating in Campus Conservation National that although the first year may be challenging, after you have set up everything and have a game plan with goals, the competition gets easier. Students and staff really enjoy it and get creative about saving energy so that their community wins. More importantly, you have the ability to teach students habits that will hopefully last them a lifetime.
— Karen Rockett, Director of Housing, LSU

Louisiana State University was a Top 10 Electricity Reducer in CCN 2014

Berea College reduced electricity usage by 11.3% with 14 buildings and 1216 residential students participating. We established a first-ever EcoChallenge Committee made up of 10 active student committee members that worked tirelessly before and during the competition to successfully reach our stated goals to win Bluegrass Unplugged for Kentucky and place in the top 10 nationally.
— Joan M. Pauly, Sustainability Coordinator, Berea College

Berea College was a Top 10 Electricity Reducer in CCN 2014

We had a lot of positive feedback about the GIFs we emailed from the CCN resources. Students really liked those and feedback on who was in the lead each day.
— Ginny Routhe, Sustainability Integration Office Director, Pomona College

Pomona College was a Top 5 Water Reducer in CCN 2014

Each year your school participates in CCN, you will learn more and your capacity will increase. It’s surprising to see the impact grow. This year was our best yet. We started with one building, and this year we included six. Now we are considering how we can connect with all of the buildings and have an EcoRep represent each building, also expanding to the whole campus!
— Kristen Purdy, EcoReps Coordinator, Portland State University

Portland State University was a Top 10 Electricity Reducer in CCN 2014

At UWM, CCN is a collaboration between the Office of Sustainability (staff and students) and 2 high level RA’s in Housing. The Director of Housing was also very supportive.
— Kate Nelson, Chief Sustainability Officer, UW Milwaukee

UW Milwaukee was a Top 5 Water Reducer in CCN 2014

CCN helped Appalachian to effectively educate students living in residence halls. The supplied activities and marketing templates were very successfully used in almost every dorm. With nearly a 20% reduction in energy for the 3-week competition period, almost every student had to make some effort to reduce.
— Donna Presnell, Office of Sustainability Communications Manager, Appalachian State

Appalachian State University was a Top 10 Electricity Reducer in CCN 2014

Our organizing team was compromised of a student competition director who led project planning, logistics and budgeting and who served as the liaison between all competition stakeholders and CCN. Each competing dorm also had a building coordinator assigned to them to aid in event planning, advertising, and educating residents about the competitions’ objective.
— Carl Amritt ‘17, EcoRep Coordinator, Bard College

Bard College was a Top 10 Electricity Reducer in CCN 2014