Beloit College is taking another step into an environmentally friendly future, as Steve Huss-Lederman's capstone course builds an environmental dashboard that will track energy usage in residence halls.
“The purpose behind it is to give students a sense of their
impact,” Sustainability Coordinator Lindsay Chapman told Whitney Helm of Campus News. “The complaints I get are
two-fold, with facilities saying students don’t know their impact, leaving
windows open in the winter, while students want to know their impact: how much energy does it take to run a dorm room?”
Submeters were installed in Aldrich, Chapin and Maurer
residence halls last summer. The submeters can break down energy usage by floor
in the buildings. The dashboard will allow students to view their energy
consumption by the week on an accompanying website.
Huss-Lederman's class consulted with other schools and
professionals while building the dashboard. The dashboard, while being
implemented at Beloit, will not be specific to the college. Other schools are
interested in using it to monitor their own energy usage. It is
scheduled for implementation before the spring semester ends.
Chapman and the five students that make up the energy team
are already looking for new ways to use the energy data once the dashboard is
installed and implemented.
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