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UNI to sponsor cost-cutting competition in schools

February 29, 2012

Pat Higby, energy education and outreach coordinator, UNI Center for Energy and Environmental Education, 319-273-6012,

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Fabulous Resources for Energy Education (FREE) and the Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE) will administer the Iowa Schools Biggest Energy Loser challenge, which is sponsored by Alliant Energy. Iowa teachers can now register their classrooms for the challenge at

The competition awards schools cash prizes for reducing their energy use and shedding pounds of CO­2. Students and teachers will conduct a "weigh-in" by completing an energy audit of their classrooms, which involves counting light bulbs and calculating vampire or phantom loads. They will then come up with ways to "lose weight" by developing an action plan. The final audit will be compared to the initial results.

For more information, contact Pat Higby, energy education and outreach coordinator at the CEEE, at 319-273-6012 or or visit