Green fever is spreading at the University of Central Florida — and saving thousands of dollars in energy costs — as more students, faculty and staff are pledging to do their part to help UCF become climate neutral.

Today, Earth Day, will serve as a launching pad for individuals to commit to UCF’s long-term sustainability initiatives.

The Rosen College of Hospitality Management is the first UCF college to announce its plan to go green and reduce its consumption of water, electricity and natural gas by 10 to 20 percent in one year. UCF’s Sustainability and Energy Management department is administering the challenge, working with Rosen College’s Energy Conservation Task Force. The college’s progress will be tracked online.

UCF saved $41,240 in energy costs and enough energy to power 350 homes for a month during its “Kill-A-Watt” energy savings competition. The savings also prevented a total of 342 tons of carbon emissions from entering the atmosphere.

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