1. Pick a month
    •  Cannot be same month every year if you are going to compare from the same month as the previous year
  2. Make friends
    • Get in touch with Facilities Management department at your university for their support
    • Talk to your student union, external relations, etc. these people may be helpful in terms of promotion, getting the word out, and problem solvingTurn Off The Lights
  3. Pick a target group
    •  At Mount Allison, there are a large population in residence buildings with a strong sense of competition between "houses"
    •  Some groupings could involve pitting departments, academic buildings, or residence buildings against each other in friendly competition
  4. Establish guidelines
    • Give out creative ideas, such as unplugging residence fridges or turning on fewer lights in lecture halls
    • Have a clear code of ethics regarding goals of the project and what is acceptable behaviour (some people get carried away by competitive spirit and do things like turning on lights in competing buildings)
  5. Determine how to calculate results
    • This is a bit tricky, but with the help of Facilities Management and hopefully a few talented math students or professors (this is where making friends comes in handy), you will be able to determine a winner -the first step is to get statistics to compare to, such as for the same month of the previous year or from the month before
    • Obtain the numbers of people in each residence, academic departments, etc. to help with figuring out per capita numbers -with a theme of energy conservation, statistics such as electricity consumption on a per person basis or per building basis can be particularly useful
    • Access sample numbers, such as the month before your Challenge or earlier on in C3 month to get a feel for what the numbers mean and how buildings are doing (so you can tell if your results make sense and you know what you're looking at!)
  6. Prizes
    • Something mysterious (Mount Allison had "Win a goat" as a caption one year, with reference to sponsoring a farm animal for a family in a developing nation...but no one knew that part till the end)
    • Something tasty (a 200 person cake is quite yummy)
    • Make it reflect the idea of the competition, for example a power-sucking disco ball might not be appropriate -will depend on the size of participating groups
  7. Keep up with what's going on
    • Things will come up along the way so it is important to keep talking to stay in the process

Sleep LongerProblems that may be encountered:

  • Calculations
    • Determine how your school's energy metering system works (buildings measured together, older versus newer systems, etc.). 
      • Talk to Facilities Management, and plan ahead. No point in being stressed hours before having to decide a winner.
  • Obtaining funding for prizes (pleasing everyone is not possible...but prizes for academic buildings versus residences)
  • What if energy use increases?
    • Look for reasons why this may have occurred. For example: colder temperatures for higher heating use, more people in buildings, etc.
  • External criticism for being a short-term initiative
    • it is important to stress that it is an education tool and to encourage habits that will sustain themselves