Students challenged to track sustainable actions next week

A returning initiative is calling on Brock University students to track their sustainable actions for the chance to win prizes.

Hosted by Brock in partnership with Blackstone Energy Services, the Welcome Back Sustainability Challenge asks students to log their environmental efforts to gain points from Monday, Sept. 12 to Friday, Sept. 16. Similar to challenges hosted last school year, a variety of actions will net students points, such as using a reusable water bottle, carpooling, eating leftovers, turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth, and more.

“This challenge is an excellent way to learn how easy it is to make a positive difference on the environment; many students already do these things,” said Mary Quintana, Brock’s Director of Asset Management and Utilities. “It’s also an opportunity to learn about additional things we can do to further our positive impact.”

At the end of the week, the 10 students with the highest scores will win a prize.

The top five students will be entered into a draw to win one of the three Apple products: an Apple iPad, Apple Watch or Apple AirPods. The two students not chosen in the draw will automatically win a $75 Campus Store gift card, and the students with the sixth to 10th highest scores will each receive a $25 Campus Store gift card.

Students can register for the challenge by downloading the free Blackstone Energy EcoBoss app from the Apple App Store or on Google Play.

Once the app is downloaded, follow these four steps:

  1. Review and accept the privacy policy once in the app
  2. Create an account using your Brock email and enter Brock’s challenge code: badgers
  3. Click the badge icon to join the Brock “Welcome Back Sustainability Challenge”
  4. Hit the green “Join Challenge” button

From there, participants will be set to begin logging sustainable actions once the competition starts at 7 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 12.

“Community and stakeholder engagement are an important part of our energy and carbon reduction efforts,” said Tim Schneider, President of Blackstone Energy Services. “We are proud to partner with an institution like Brock who continue to be leaders in their commitment to sustainability and reducing carbon emissions.”

The goal of the sustainability challenge is to encourage students to adopt more sustainable habits on campus and at home by showcasing how easy it is to make simple but impactful changes every day.

Students with questions about the challenge can email

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