Deerfield runs an on-campus competition during the Green Cup Challenge. Through the month-long challenge, our students follow the success of their dormitory on our energy dashboard and compare their achievements to their on-campus peers and to other schools. The dorm that reduces its energy the most from an established baseline wins a significant prize—an on-campus activity for themselves and another dorm of their choosing, AND a cash prize proportional to dorm size. Because the Green Cup Challenge is a month-long event, we believe that the changed energy consumption practices are more likely to become a learned behavior.
Last fall, my water polo season unfortunately ended abruptly when I was hit in the head, and suffered a concussion during the second to last game of the season. At the time, I was only concerned about missing the final game but little did I know how a single seemingly short term event would impact the rest of my school year mentally, physically, academically and socially.