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"Conservation Madness" encourages U of M students to reduce waste, energy use and water consumption

Contacts: Chris Kelleher, Facilities Management,, (612) 626-3734
Jeff Falk, University News Service,, (612) 626-1720

January 30, 2012

Students are being encouraged to think about their environmental footprint this coming month by participating in the University of Minnesota’s office of Housing and Residential Life and Facilities Management's second annual “Conservation Madness” contest.

Residence halls will compete throughout the month of February to reduce their waste, energy use and water consumption. The hall with the largest combined percentage reduction in all three categories will be awarded a college basketball national championship pizza party on April 2.

In 2011’s two-week long competition, Comstock Hall reduced its electrical consumption by 6.45 percent – a similar percentage reduction of electricity in residence halls campus wide would save $85,000 over the course of a year.

Housing and Residential Life will also introduce the university's first Green Resident Certification program as part of Conservation Madness. Residents who complete the Green Resident Certification Pledge ( by Wednesday, Feb. 1, will be awarded "It All Adds Up" t-shirts. The pledge asks students to incorporate sustainable actions, such as taking shorter showers and using public transportation, into their campus life.

Additional contest details are available at

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