Compete for Energy Reduction Rewards  

Energy Smackdown is Cornell’s annual, 6-week friendly competition to reduce or eliminate energy use – in our personal lives and between buildings.  

Students pulling an electric plug

Win prizes by learning how to conserve and help strengthen behaviors that reduce our carbon footprint. Together, we can co-create an enduring culture of sustainability on campus and beyond.  

Individuals can participate, but you can also compete as a building. Organize a team in your building to compare results week to week. Get started today and familiarize yourself with energy-saving tips to gain a competitive edge.  

How to Get Started

  1. Sign up for our listerv and follow us on Facebook
  2. Each week, you will receive 2 new actions to reduce energy. 
  3. Implement the new actions in your life or building. Then share what you've accomplished on our Facebook page for a chance to win the weekly prize.  
  4. The prize winner will be drawn each Friday at 5pm. Entries to Facebook are due Friday at noon.  

Each building’s energy consumption and standings results will be posted on the Cornell Building Dashboard. All reductions compare to a unique baseline for each building.  

Energy Smackdown Past Winners

  • 2016: MVR East (College of Human Ecology), Akwe:kon (New Student and Residential Programs) 

  • 2015: Beebe Hall (College of Human Ecology), Ecology House (New Student and Residential Programs) 

  • 2014: MVR West (College of Human Ecology), Court – Kay – Bauer and Mews Hall (New Student and Residential Programs) 

  • 2013: Carpenter Hal 

Explore the posters below to help motivate energy-saving behaviors and boost your chances of winning.  

Pull the Plug 
Give it a Rest 
Hit the Switch 

Good luck!