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.
Helping to Improve a Community
My original plan was to help prevent gentrification, when outside people come into a neighborhood and start changing it for the worse like driving up rent prices. However after compiling a survey and reviewing responses, I talked to employees at the Downtown Pasco Development Authority to get some of their opinions. Their suggestions for improving the community suggested that they wanted to create a more welcoming appearance so that other people would want to come visit, creating diversity. They wanted better advertising about events as well as the different programs available that support the population.