Pitzer College Powers Down to Top Energy-Use Competition

Eco Friendly lightbulb iconClaremont, Calif. (March 27, 2017)—Pitzer College won the 2017 PowerDown competition among the five undergraduate Claremont Colleges.  During the three-week PowerDown 2017 event, the five undergraduate Claremont Colleges competed to see which campus could reduce its energy use the most in its residence halls.

From February 13 to March 6, Pitzer students cut energy consumption by 7.7 percent. Claremont McKenna College came in second with a 6.4 percent reduction. The event saved 33,170 kilowatt hours of energy overall—the equivalent to powering three homes’ electricity for a year, according to the Claremont Colleges PowerDown 2017 Facebook page. Pitzer’s EcoCenter and students won $500 to support environmental projects.

Pitzer’s Office of Sustainability dubbed the College “PowerDown Champs” on its webpage.

“Thank you to all the students who signed the PowerDown pledge, attended PowerDown events, and/or changed their behavior to save energy during the competition!”


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