Southern Connecticut State University in new Haven placed fourth in the Campus Conservation National 2012 competition to reduce energy consumption.
SCSU posted a reduction rate of 20.5 percent in energy use during the evaluation period between March 26 and April 16. Students in each of the campus' nine resident halls were asked to cut back on electricity use.
The energy reduction translated to a cost savings of $11,437 for the university. For placing fourth in the contest, SCSU will receive 200 megawatt hours of renewable electricity from Georgia energy company Sterling Planet, which should power a residence hall for about a year.
The money saved and earned from the contest will be used to fund further sustainability efforts on the campus.
The other schools in the top five were Bowling Green State University, University of Kentucky, Hofstra University and Western Technical College.