New Mexico State University is geared up to participate in the Campus Conservation Nationals, which is organized by U.S. Green Building Council, Lucid, National Wildlife Federation and Alliance to Save Energy.
As part of the competition, students in three different NMSU residence halls—Garcia Hall, Rhodes Garrett Hamiel Hall and Piñon Hall—will enter a three-week sustainable competition to see which hall uses the least energy.
The competition is part of the university’s efforts to teach students the effects of climate change and the importance of reducing consumption, the Las Cruces Sun-News reported.
"Having this program last for three weeks is the perfect way to get students to conserve, change their habits and really get people to think about their actions," said Courtney Spivak, NMSU’s program specialist for Housing and Campus Life. "Making the NMSU community aware will help them think twice about sustainability."
NMSU earned a Gold Star rating in 2012 from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education for its sustainability. In addition, the university has made a series of changes to increase its sustainability, including new green building projects, adding 32 hydration stations, and a toner recycling program.