Drop Your Own Drip (DYOD)
DYOD Mission Statement: “To facilitate water conservation through changes in students' water use behaviors, and raise awareness about campus water-related issues.”
What we do
Drop Your Own Drip is a water conservation campaign that aims to educate students about their personal water consumption and motivate them to change their everyday behaviors to reduce their use. This is done through the release of monthly mock water statements, as well as a campus-wide competition between college apartment buildings. Prizes to the college apartments that reduce the greatest percentage per capita by the end of the competition include a spring quarter block party for the winning apartment buildings, with food, music, and giveaways!
Our campaign receives funding from the UCSC Carbon Fund and the Campus Sustainability Council.
Spring of 2012 was the first year of the campaign. DYOD started out as a student-led class in the Education for Sustainable Living Program. With its inital success, the project founders looked for a more permanent home for DYOD. They took it to here to the Student Environmental Center and it was adopted officially as a campaign in May of 2012.
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DYOD in Gia Magazine
Look for our advertisement in the spring 2013 issue of Gia magazine! The magazines are free and located campus-wide. Pick one up and find us, and learn about other amazing sustainability initiatives going on too!
State-Declared Drought and UCSC
California governor Jerry Brown declared a statewide drought emergency mid-January, urging residents to voluntarily reduce their use by 20 percent (see article here). With Santa Cruz county receiving all of its water from within the county itself, the county is taking this declaration very seriously.
Santa Cruz receives its water from surface sources, with the majority (47 percent) coming from the San Lorenzo river (source). The city is teetering on the edge of tapping into its supply at Loch Lomond, which is currently at 65 percent of capacity. These levels haven't been seen since 1991. On February 3rd, City Council voted to allow the Santa Cruz Water Commission to heighten water conservation levels to a Stage III upon receiving the necessary staffing required, detailed in the Sentinel's article here. Please visit the city's water department link for more drought information and helpful tips on how to conserve.
UC Santa Cruz has hopped on board, and is currently looking for ways to cut back its use by 20 percent. On February 4th, Chancellor Blumenthal urged the university to participate in the 20 percent reduction. How YOU can help is by taking part in these tips and participating in Drop Your Own Drip! Be on the lookout for statements from us, sent to you via email, through the month of May.
A Note on Deciding the 2013 Competition Winner
It was difficult for the DYOD team to decide the winner this year. Originally, we wanted the winner to be the college that reduced the greatest percentage of gal/person/day from January-April, but here's what actually happened:
From January to March, water use went up drastically, from a campus average of 23.71 gal/person/day to 49.11 gal/person/ day. Finally in April, usage went down to 34.06 gal/person/day.
Since no college's use went down from the start of the competition, a possibility could have been to throw out January and February's use and see who reduced the greatest amount between March and April. However, we decided that since the competition went on during these months, we should be using all the data. Then, to decide the winner using all four months of the competition, we did the college that used the least amount of gal/person/day overall.
Congratulations Cowell college apartment residents! You used the lowest gallons per person per day at 31.16! An extra special thanks to all the other colleges that participated in the competition. Your efforts in reducing your water consumption help the UCSC campus move in a more sustainable direction by addressing the voices of the student body in the Blueprint for Sustainable Campus.
If you would like to see the numbers, check out our tracking sheet, or send us an email email@example.com and we'd be happy to answer any questions about our methodology.