Summit Hall has been declared the winner of West Virginia University’s first Ecolympics competition following a tie-breaker.

The WVU Environmental Conservation Awareness Now program, or WE CAN , held a monthlong energy conservation and recycling competition among WVU s 12 residence halls during October. Residence halls earned points in four categories: amount of recycled materials collected each week, scavenger hunt, trivia quiz and energy conservation figures.

Summit Hall and Bennett/Lyon Towers tied for first placeboth with 16 pointsand a runoff took place Nov. 12-16 to determine a winner. The tie-breaker was based solely on which hall recycled the most materials during the week.

The winner, Summit Hall, recycled 3,714 pounds (an average of 6.6 pounds per person) and the runner-up, Bennett/Lyon, recycled 2,357 pounds (2.7 pounds per person).

Summit Hall residents chose a big-screen TV as their prize. The University will host a party and award presentation for residents sometime in January.

We would like to extend our congratulations to everyone at Summit and thanks to all the residence halls for making this challenge a resounding success, WE CAN coordinator Barbara Angeletti said.

WE CAN is the Universitys initiative to increase recycling and conservation efforts across the WVU campus. Programs include a recycling program at each of the Universitys buildings; the Mountaineers Recycle program, which collects recyclable materials from tailgaters at Mountaineer Field; the annual Blue and Gold Mine Sale, a huge yard sale with items donated by students and employees that benefits the United Way of Monongalia and Preston Counties; and the Ecolympics efforts.

For more information on the WE CAN program, visit