Tuesday, February 11, 2014

2014 Green Fee Recipient Selected

By: Lucas Comstock
The Green Fee Governance Committee would like to proudly announce our 2013-2014 recipient: Forrister Ross '14 and his proposal to install Lucid monitoring systems in the four first year dormitories.  The system will provide real time data on electricity consumption in an easy to use dashboard that will be physically displayed in the dormitories, as well as be accessible by all students via the web.
Forrister Ross '14

Lucid Design Group is in the business of providing energy consumption awareness to both the public and private sector.  Their experience has culminated in energy savings at private universities around the United States, including Cornell, Stanford, and Emory.  Lucid’s software, BuildingOS, will be installed to monitor Richmond, West, Davidson, and Webster
Hall.  Each of these four locations will be accompanied by an IPad kiosk that will provide real time data on the electricity usage in the building; another set of IPad’s will likely be displayed in Olin Science Center.  The rest of campus will be able to access this data via a webpage, which includes screens that including the electricity usage, green living tips, building comparisons, competition data and even the weather.  Cornell’s Lucid Dashboard can be seen here as an example:

Ross has worked with the Office of Residential Life to ensure the longevity of success the Lucid system can bring to campus.  Residential Advisors will be the first to make their new floor mates aware of the system this coming fall and will provide simple tips on ways to reduce consumption.  Competitions will occur throughout the year to encourage energy reduction by offering small prizes to the building that shows the largest reductions.

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