How it works

Host a 3 week competition on your campus

The core of Campus Conservation Nationals is the competitions hosted by colleges and universities across North America. CCN uses a competition season model in which participating schools sign up for the program in the fall and then hold three-week competitions on their campuses anytime during the program’s three-month competition season each spring.

Most participating campuses host an individual competition in which buildings on their own campus compete against each other to achieve the highest percent reduction in electricity and/or water use during the competition period (in comparison to a baseline period chosen by the school's competition organizing team). 

About half of campuses also participate in a group competition in which they compete against other schools in their region, state, or peer group to achieve the highest campus-wide reduction in electricity and/or water consumption.


Steps to Success in CCN 2015

1. Form a team & plan like a champion

The most successful programs have a dedicated team of students and staff that collaborates to plan and execute the competition. The competition organizing team at participating schools uses the Plan Your Competition section of the CCN website, which includes the CCN planning checklist and resources (training webinar seriesguides, templates, sample posters, and more), to get support from campus stakeholders, design their competition, and put together plans for collecting building electricity and/or water use data, publicizing their competition, and motivating students and staff in participating buildings to reduce their use during the competition.

2. Add buildings, meters, & competition to BuildingOS

You’ll create at least one meter in BuildingOS for each building (or group of buildings) participating in your competition. For example, if you’re holding an electricity competition and a water competition, you’ll need to create an electricity meter and a water meter for each participating building (or group of buildings). The CCN Data Collection & BuildingOS Guide walks you through this process step-by-step.

3. Collect electricity/water meter data & enter into BuildingOS

There are several ways to do this outlined in the CCN Data Collection & BuildingOS Guide. New this year, campuses can use the BuildingOS mobile site to enter meter readings into BuildingOS directly from their smartphones!

4. Implement marketing & behavior change plan

An effective competition incentivizes students to change their behavior, but shifting behavior is not always intuitive. A number of psychological 'tools' like public commitments, prompts, and social norms are surprisingly effective at promoting environmentally-friendly behavior. Our extensive CCN Marketing & Behavior Change Guide helps you understand and utilize these methods.

The key component of your marketing and behavior change plan will be Lucid’s Building Dashboard®, a customized website that allows students to track competition standings, analyze performance, share winning strategies, and commit to taking conservation actions. Each school receives their own Building Dashboard, for free, for the duration of the program.

5. Compete to reduce

Participants compete to reduce their electricity and water!