2014-2015 Challenge Impacts

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Every Action Makes a Difference

Every Action Makes a Difference

The third Challenge opened on October 1, 2014 and ended October 31, 2015. In total, 49 participating employers from across southwestern Pennsylvania completed 1,931 actions. Winners were announced at the Challenge Finale and Awards Ceremony on December 2, 2015.

Energy Saved

Energy Saved

Challengers reduced energy use by more than 18 million kWh, enough to power 1,541 average U.S. homes for one year. This would supply enough energy for all of the occupied homes in Polish Hill, Swisshelm Park and Upper St. Clair for a year.

Dollars Saved

Dollars Saved

Energy savings were worth an estimated $1.5 million. Factoring in the societal costs avoided due to carbon emissions, this number increases to $1.6 million. The social cost of carbon is a conservative estimate of the costs associated with climate change caused by one ton of carbon in a given year. Social cost can include damage from storms, increased pressure on infrastructure, reduced agricultural productivity and impacts on human health.

Air Pollutants Avoided

Air Pollutants Avoided

Energy reductions also resulted in a reduction of air pollutants. By reducing the amount of energy consumed, participants avoided emitting 2,865 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) and 2,700 pounds of particulate matter 2.5 microns in size or smaller (PM 2.5). PM 2.5 is known to cause respiratory and heart problems.

Waste Reduced

Waste Reduced

Challengers reduced landfill waste by 436 tons, or 35% compared to the baseline. This is enough to eliminate the annual waste production of 533 average Americans. Total waste, which includes compostable, recyclable and landfill materials, was reduced 517 tons, or 24%.

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