The Green Cup Challenge is returning to George School for the month of April. The challenge will monitor electricity usage in dorms and Marshall Center for the entire month. The building with the largest decrease in electrical usage will win the competition.
As part of a math project earlier this year, George School students Tucker Ballantyne ’18, Philip Chen ’18, Sophia Guo ’18, Martin Ma ’18, Sam Shi ’18, and Sumaanth Maddirala ’18 designed George School’s carbon footprint calculator and identified electricity as its biggest driver. “The purpose of the competition is to raise awareness of energy conservation and to engage the community in seeking solutions to improve George School’s environmental impact,” said Mike Gersie, director of operations.
Electricity usage, measured in kwh, will be monitored in each dormitory on a weekly basis. Usage in Marshall Center will also be monitored, providing an opportunity for day students to participate. Weekly updates will be sent to the entire community. “The building with the largest percentage decrease will win the coveted Green Cup and an ice cream party later this spring,” said Mike.
This is not the first time George School has encouraged students to participate in its conservation efforts. Last year, the school hosted its Second Green Initiative Contest, inspiring students to develop new ideas for improving the environment or environmental education. Winning ideas included improvements to the trash system in the dining hall, installing low flow aerators in Drayton sinks, and displaying infographic posters across campus.