Luther College to Participate in Campus Conservation Nationals

Luther College will be participating in the 2013 Campus Conservation Nationals, which is a nationwide electricity and water use reductions competition. The competition, held Feb. 25 through Mar. 15, challenges students from more than 200 universities and colleges to achieve the greatest reductions in their residence hall over the three week period.

This is Luther’s third year participating in CCN.  In the previous two years’ competitions combined, Luther saved a total of 7,108 kilowatt hours and 14,066 gallons of water.  This year, Luther is looking to increase participation and behavioral changes from last year by offering a combination of hall and personal rewards.  The residence hall that reduces the most water and electricity, when averaged, will win $500.  In addition, one student from each residence hall that shows active involvement in the competition will win a $10 gift card to a local Decorah business.  To encourage electricity and water savings, there will be a series of scheduled “black-out” events, designed to get students to turn off appliances and lights in their individual rooms and share electricity. 

CCN offers valuable educational opportunities, enabling students to teach themselves conservation behaviors as well as community and campus organizing skills. Above all, CCN is designed to empower the future generation of leaders, and foster a culture of conservation within campus communities. To learn more about the competition, visit

Erika Kambs, Luther College's Energy and Waste Steward