Rivals WCU, ASU focus on cutting energy usage

Western Carolina University is going head-to-head with Appalachian State University in the Battle of the Plug, an energy conservation rivalry contest inside the Campus Conservation Nationals competition.

Homepg2or3_battle of plugDuring the three-week competition, which started Monday, Feb. 18, and continues through Monday, March 11, WCU is measuring which campus residence hall saves the greatest percentage of energy as well as how the percent of energy reduction overall compares with about 200 other institutions, including Appalachian State.

Last year, WCU won the Battle of the Plug rivalry contest by reducing energy usage 7.5 percent while ASU reduced energy usage 2.4 percent.

This year’s goal at WCU is to reduce energy usage by 10 percent, according to information from WCU’s Energy Management office.

To spread the word, organizers Lauren Bishop, energy manager for WCU, and Jenna White and Taylor Hall, energy management interns, teamed up with the Department of Residential Living, the Student Government Association and the Resident Student Association to promote the contest.

WCU’s Resident Student Association and Student Government Association have pledged to support the Battle of the Plug through initiatives such as “Whee Turn Off Tuesdays,” a voluntary campaign to turn off all lights and use less electricity on Tuesdays, and “Whee Glow,” a free event in the Illusions venue in A.K. Hinds University Center on Tuesday, Feb. 26, said Bishop. At Whee Glow, which will be held from 7 to 11 p.m., participants will be able to use highlighters to decorate white shirts that they bring, enjoy food and dance in the dark.

“We are excited to have created the buzz about this competition through the rivalry with App State,” said Bishop.

For more information, contact Bishop at 828-227-3562 or lbishop@wcu.edu.