More than 100 students at Johnson C. Smith University learned what a carbon footprint is and how their lifestyles affect the environment by attending the ReEnergize Energy Awareness event on December 5, 2011. A host of interactive activities helped engage students where they learn, through games and a computerized interactive carbon footprint quiz promoting the positive aspects of reducing electricity consumption.
Some volunteered to have their lifestyle choices analyzed based on sustainable measures. Others received tip sheets on ways they can become more eco-friendly on campus and at home.
The majority of students left the event with a greater understanding of energy usage and the impact of carbon emissions on climate change.
All attendees participated in a raffle for a JCSU gift basket and received free pens, notepads and tote bags made of 100 percent recyclable materials. The first 50 students took back to their residence halls complimentary energy-saving light bulbs to start making their own impact on energy savings.
The ReEnergize event heightened awareness of the sustainability efforts and goals of the University. For instance, energy efficiency consultants explained how a recent project to replace the roof and windows in Grimes Lounge will cut enough energy consumption over its lifetime to outweigh the project cost.
Students also learned how taking simple steps during their day-to-day routines, like turning off lights and unplugging electronics when not in use, can contribute to energy efficiency.
The event was hosted by Calor Energy Consulting, Lucas Tax & Energy and the JCSU Office of Communications and Marketing. Funding was provided by the North Carolina State Energy Office and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.