By Utilities Conservation and Behavior Change Intern Jayson Arend

The biggest part of my internship is the Energy Challenge, one of the nation’s largest university energy- and water- conservation projects in the nation. The Challenge is a competition between about 60 buildings on campus to see who can save the most energy and water during three weeks. It is truly rewarding to see buildings get into the competition and compete to save. 

Beyond that, the Challenge really is a real world example of small acts adding up to big change. What I mean by that is, everything that is saved by buildings comes from people making small behavior changes in their daily lives. Turning off the lights when you leave the room, turning off the facet when brushing your teeth, and unplugging your appliances after use. These acts aren’t hard or time consuming, but when a community does them together, the world is a better place. 

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