University of Bedfordshire’s Student Switch Off winner is… Liberty Park!

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Students at Liberty Park in Bedford have won the Student Switch Off campaign for the second consecutive year!

The Student Switch Off is a not-for-profit campaign which encourages students to save energy whilst living in university halls of residence and continue to do so after they leave. There is generally no financial incentive for students in halls to use energy carefully, as with many offices, schools and hotel rooms. The Student Switch Off focuses on peer-to-peer communication and creating a sense of competition to provide incentives that go beyond just being more ‘environmentally friendly’. Students are rewarded with great prizes such as Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, tickets to Students’ Union nights out, communal parties and more. Last academic year (2014-15) the Student Switch Off campaign achieved a 6% reduction in electricity usage on average across all the participating halls of residence – keeping over 1,300 tonnes of CO2 out of the atmosphere!

Over the year the team at Student Switch Off have been keeping track of how involved students have been getting in the campaign, how much energy each hall has saved per person, and how well students have been recycling. After crunching the numbers, Liberty Park Bedford takes the top spot! Check out the leader board below:

As a big congratulations and reward for all the effort, Student Switch Off will be giving out Ben & Jerry’s and putting on a special event in the students union for everyone at Liberty Park.

Student Switch Off will be running two more competitions on their Facebook page before the end of the year to win Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and NUS extra cards so, even if your hall didn’t win this year there is still the chance to win a prize!

Liberty Living and Student Switch Off hope that all students have learnt lots this year about saving energy, recycling and tackling climate change and don’t forget to continue their fantastic efforts! When moving out, students will be encouraged to recycle everything they can – Liberty Park will have donation stations to donate any unwanted items in partnership with Cancer Research UK.

Find out more about supporting the campaign here.

Well done to our winners, keep up the good work!