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2012 Energy Efficiency Sprint Challenge Rules and Guidelines

The goal

Presently, 143,000 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (MTCDE) are emitted annually at VCU. These greenhouse gases are emitted as a result of our (faculty, staff and students) use of buildings and infrastructure on VCU campuses. One goal of the VCU Climate Action Plan is to become climate neutral by 2050. The Energy Efficiency Sprint is a challenge to all faculty, staff and students to submit innovative and feasible strategies that would help to significantly reduce daily energy consumption at VCU.

The challenge

Submit a feasible solution to reduce energy consumption on campus. The proposed solution needs to be submitted as a written proposal and must demonstrate how energy can be conserved.


The challenge is open to all currently enrolled VCU students, full and part-time staff and faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University. Multi-disciplinary and cross-institutional teams are encouraged. Teams cannot be comprised of more than five individuals. Only one entry per team will be accepted.

General entry guidelines

The plan, no more than five pages (double-spaced, Times New Roman, font size 12) should contain an estimate of costs and potential energy savings, a timeline for implementation, proposed implementation suggestions, and how the costs and energy savings were calculated. Proposals may be developed by individuals or by groups of individuals in teams. The plan is to be submitted with the cover page, available for download at

The cover page or references, if applicable, does not count towards the page maximum.


Three awards ($1,000 for first place, $750 for second place, and $500 for third place) will be awarded to an individual or team that has submitted an eligible energy reduction plan. Selection criteria will be based on the most innovative, practical, and low-cost solutions by a panel composed of faculty, staff and students from the VCU Sustainability Committee’s Buildings and Energy Subcommittee.

Submission and contest deadline

Completed projects should be submitted no later than 11:59pm on April 15, 2012 to or send by campus mail in care of Jordan Starbuck, P.O. Box 980166, Richmond VA 23298