Mercersburg Takes the EcoDorm Electricity Challenge
Culbertson House claimed victory this year in Mercersburg’s annual EcoDorm Electricity Challenge. The Green Team, Mercersburg’s student-run environmental organization, sponsors this friendly competition among the dorms to see which one can reduce its electricity use the most during a given period of time. South Cottage placed second in this year's competition, and Main Hall came in third. 2020 marked the 14th year of the challenge, which ran from January 20 through February 14.
“It goes without saying that the entire point of this competition is to use these weeks to try and change our habits regarding energy use to conserve energy, while still living life regularly,” says Will Willis, Mercersburg’s director of environmental initiatives. “Once you start turning off lights that are not in use, it will become a habit. You save money and burn fewer fossil fuels. That’s a win-win. Imagine if this entire country simply started turning off lights that are not being used, unplugging appliances that are not being used, running full loads of laundry, etc. We can save tremendous amounts of energy just through not being wasteful.”