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Primary Advisor

Jim Carpenter

Secondary Advisor

Sarah Easter

Committee Reader

Brad Rix


As an environmental advocate, the biggest challenge to sustainability is changing human behavior. Because students pay a set fee for room and board, the tragedy of the commons tends to occur. I examined the water and energy consumption profiles on a per student basis at Abilene Christian University dormitories. After learning about Abilene Christian University operations and compiling data on the usage of water and energy of each individual dorm and resident occupancy within each dorm, student consumption of resources was calculated. These student consumption rates were then compared dorm to dorm to analyze efficiency and usage over a half-decade period; since the establishment of Cenergistic at Abilene Christian University in Spring 2013 until the Fall of 2018. After trends were examined, preliminary recommendations were made on how to influence student behavior within the dorms.

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