Green Fee Announces Winner

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By ComstockL

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.

Lucid Design Group has been in business 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 University, Stanford University, 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 display real time feedback on the electricity usage in the building; another set of IPad’s will be displayed in Olin Science Center.

The rest of campus will be able to access this data via a webpage, which includes screens that provide information on electricity usage, green living tips, building comparisons, competition data and even the weather.

Visit Cornell’s Lucid Dashboard to see a sample of the program in progress.

Ross has worked with the Office of Residential Life to ensure sustained success of the Lucid system on Union’s campus.

Residential Advisors will be the first to make their new residents aware of the system this coming fall and simple 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.

To learn more about the system come to the next U-Sustain meeting on February 5th during Common Lunch in Everest Lounge.

Furthermore, the Green Fee Governance Committee would like to thank all of this year’s applicants for their creativity and hard work.

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