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Greek-letter organizations compete in first ever Broad Street Challenge

By Sustainability Office on December 16, 2013

This fall, eight fraternities and sororities competed in Colgate’s first ever Broad Street Challenge. The six week energy and water competition was spearheaded by Sustainability Office interns, Kathryn Bacher ’14 and Breanna Giovanniello ’16.

Click here to read the Maroon News article by Julia Queller highlighting the event.

Are you ready for a lighting upgrade?

By Sustainability Office on December 6, 2013

According to the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, light bulbs need to be 25 percent more efficient in 2014. Because the typical incandescent light bulb releases 90 percent of its energy as heat (not light), they cannot comply with the new standards and are being phased out. While many of us have already switched out inefficient lighting with newer more efficient bulbs, nearly 70 percent of light sockets in America still contain inefficient incandescent bulbs. As a result, the majority of American households will soon be purchasing a new type of general use light bulb.

As you transition to more efficient lighting, rule number one is to purchase only Energy Star rated light bulbs. Energy Star helps to ensure consistency in quality and a higher performing bulb. Energy Star certifies two excellent alternatives to replace your incandescent bulbs: compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) and light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Read more