Ever wish that you could take on a larger role to reduce global warming?  You can.  The Minnesota Campus Energy Challenge (MCEC) is a month long student-run competition between MN college campuses aimed at making energy efficiency a daily part of our lives.  As students, we have the opportunity to be national leaders in a movement to reduce energy use.  

Need some tips for reducing your energy use? 

  • Turn your light off when you leave a room.
  • If you use a lamp, switch to a CFL bulb
  • Unplug all electronic devices (phone charger, lamp etc.) when not in use.  These devices still use energy when you're not using them!
  • Use a power strip so you don't have to unplug all of your electronics individually
  • Take shorter showers with water that isn't scalding hot; it takes energy to heat that up, too
  • Make sure to turn off the lights when your class is over
  • Turn off/unplug projectors (note: ceiling projectors should not be unplugged due to being programmed
  • If using a computer lab, remind your students to turn the computers off when done
  • Share appliances such as fridges, microwaves, and coffee makers in departments; use a power strip when applicable
                Like this bike?  The winner of
           this year's competition will get this  

See the bike in action during the MCEC Retreat: