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Wurster Hall to Compete in the 2013 ENERGY STAR National Building Competition

Wurster Hall to Compete in the 2013 ENERGY STAR National Building Competition
20 August 2013

Wurster Hall has been selected to participate in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) ENERGY STAR National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings! Over the course of the 2013-2014 school year, we’ll battle it out against more than 3,200 buildings and tenants nationwide to see who can reduce their energy waste the most. Last year, the top 15 finishers all reduced their energy use by more than 30%, so we have our work cut out for us!

UC Berkeley’s PowerSave Campus Program and myPower Initiative will be working hard to guide everyone in our efforts and sponsoring exciting events throughout the competition.

What are we doing to take home the prize?

  • Auditing of building spaces to identify potential energy saving opportunities
  • Training of staff, faculty, and students on energy saving behaviors
  • Coordination of inter-building energy saving competitions

But, we need your help! Small changes add up to big savings, so every little bit counts. Here are just a few ways you can pitch in:

  • Turn off lights when there’s enough daylight to light your workspace, when you’re away from your desk, and at the end of the day.
  • Enable the ENERGY STAR power management features on your computer and monitor so they go into power save mode when not in use.
  • Unplug electronics such as cell phones and laptops once they are charged.
  • Keep air vents clear of paper, files, and office supplies.
  • Report water leaks in restrooms or irrigation systems throughout the facility.

Check out our starting weight and size up the competition at

In addition to competing for Overall Winner, Wurster Hall will also be competing for the title of Most Valuable Participant (MVP) by getting the word out about the importance of energy efficiency, and the steps we are taking to help reduce our energy costs and protect the environment. The MVP will be selected based on both the percent reduction inenergy use from 2012 to 2013, as well as on communications activities, such as tweeting about our progress, and hosting brown bag education sessions.

We’ll keep you posted on our progress!