18 Agassiz Circle
Buffalo, NY 14214
1880 S. Winton Rd.
Rochester, NY 14618
Medaille College has received an Effective and Innovative Practices Award for 2011 from APPA, a national, nonprofit organization with nearly 5,000 members. The yearly award recognizes programs and processes that lower costs, increase productivity, improve service or generate revenue at educational institutions.
Medaille is one of five award recipients, and was given based on the college’s Medaille 100 program in fall 2010. This successful six-week energy management initiative, created in partnership with ARAMARK Higher Education, engaged students in a friendly competition to reduce energy consumption, and included live, interactive events, a web site that displayed real-time energy savings, and a social media component.
“This program brought out the best in our students,” said Jason Perri, Medaille’s director of residence life. “Our resident students embraced the idea of making small changes in their daily habits that combined to have a substantial impact."
Using a virtual racing theme, the Medaille 100 program provided students the opportunity to track their results online, in real time. The more energy their building conserved, the faster their virtual “race car” moved. The residence hall with the racecar that completed the most virtual laps won the overall contest, while individual prizes were awarded for student engagement and active participation. “Pit crews” were established in each of the campus’ residence halls. These student volunteers helped spread the message of the contest and kept fellow residents engaged. “Dark Dorm” events and informational sessions were held to educate students on their specific role in energy conservation.
The Medaille 100 program achieved a 7% carbon footprint reduction from the college’s residence halls, which reduced the college’s energy costs and raised overall awareness of how students could conserve energy through everyday actions. Staff from ARAMARK, Medaille’s facilities management service provider, and from the college directed the “Medaille 100” program, and created a template that other colleges can use to model their own programs.
“We are proud that the Medaille 100 program has been recognized by APPA,” said John Mikullitz, ARAMARK’s director of engineering solutions. “By engaging students in this unique energy savings competition, we were able to reduce power consumption, while educating the entire campus community about their environmental impact.”
Medaille and the other four honorees - UC Irvine, San Diego Community College District, Georgia Institute of Technology and Purdue University - will be honored at the APPA 2011 Conference in Atlanta, Ga., in July 2011.
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