Each year, during the Fall, Denison students living in the residence halls participate in a friendly campus competition called Water Wars. This water conservation competition pits dorm vs. dorm to see which can reduce its water use the most. The Green Team, a campus environmental organization, and the Physical Plant sponsor the competition.
Last year's winner, Curtis East, reduced its water use by 13%.
The main reasons behind water conservation and this competition are threefold:
- Economic – In the 2011-2012 school year, Denison used over 37 million gallons of water at a cost of $362,265.
- Environmental – Clean water is a valuable resource to both the local and global community. As the effects of climate change are realized, the demand for fresh water will increase and put a strain on both ecosystems and communities.
- Personal – Learning about water conservation and one’s individual environmental impact is a critical step in making positive personal behavioral changes that can benefit everyone.