Tulane University Freshmen To Win Energy Efficient Dorm Room

August 6, 2007

Kathryn Hobgood
Phone: 504-865-5210

To encourage students to think about saving energy, Tulane University has announced a contest that will award two first-year students a dorm room fully furnished with new ENERGY STAR-labeled energy efficient appliances and electronic products, including two Lenovo ThinkPad X61 Tablet notebook PCs.

Tulane students first developed an ENERGY STAR Showcase Dorm Room in 2001 in partnership with ENERGY STAR, a program established by the U.S. Environmental Protection and the U.S. Department of Energy, to investigate the savings possible through energy-smart shopping. The original room was flooded in Hurricane Katrina. The ENERGY STAR label marks the most energy efficient products.

A 2003 study by Tulane students estimated that if all students in the residence halls select ENERGY STAR-labeled products when they purchase electronics, the university could save almost 2 million pounds of greenhouse gas emissions and over $100,000 in utility bills each academic year. New ENERGY STAR 4.0 standards for the personal computer - a necessity for today's students - have resulted in products that require even less energy to operate than ever before.

For example, Lenovo's ThinkPad X61 Tablet features a 59 percent improvement in energy efficiency over previous models. And just by using the PC's power management settings, students can improve the efficiency by 42 percent. ENERGY STAR partners, including Lenovo, GE Lighting, JASCO, Canon USA and MicroFridge, donated ENERGY STAR-labeled lighting, home appliances and office equipment to the newly refurbished room.

"Incoming students are furnishing their first home on their own," said Liz Davey, program manager in the Center for Bioenvironmental Research. "We want to encourage them to think about the impacts of their choices from the start."

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