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Do it in the dark : energy competitions as an effective means of student engagement around energy consumption Runkle, Quinn


Energy competitions have been identified in the post secondary sphere as an effective means of instilling behaviour changes among students. The Do It in the Dark competition in the University of British Columbia‟s Totem Park residence did just that, reducing overall energy consumption by 16.3%. Do It in the Dark took place November 1-19, 2010 and combined an inter-house competition with an inter-university competition as a part of the Campus Conservation Nationals. This competition was an effective means of instilling better energy consumption habits among the student body. This report describes, in detail, the best practices of Totem Park‟s Do It in the Dark competition and will serve as a template to help replicate its success in future competitions.[Disclaimer: “UBC SEEDS provides students with the opportunity to share the findings of their studies, as well as their opinions, conclusions and recommendations with the UBC community. The reader should bear in mind that this is a student project/report and is not an official document of UBC. Furthermore readers should bear in mind that these reports may not reflect the current status of activities at UBC. We urge you to contact the research persons mentioned in a report or the SEEDS Coordinator about the current status of the subject matter of a project/report.”]

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