Berea College will participate in Campus Conservation Nationals (CCN) 2013, a nationwide electricity and water use reduction competition among colleges and universities. The competition was created by The Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) through its Students Program, and in partnership with Lucid, Alliance to Save Energy and the National Wildlife Federation.
During the months of February, March and April, students at Berea College and across the nation will compete to achieve the greatest reductions in their residence halls over a three-week period determined by each campus. Berea College will participate during the period of March 23 through April 12 and will utilize the web-based real-time energy dashboard to track energy conservation progress during the competition.
Berea College joins more than 200 universities and colleges nationwide that are registered for this program. In this competition, participating schools can choose to compete between buildings on their own campus and/or against a select group of peer institutions, with savings from all participants accumulating to reach a national challenge goal. Using Lucid’s Building Dashboard®, competitors will be able to instantly compare performance, share winning strategies and track standings among the leading schools and buildings. With generous support from United Technologies Corp., founding sponsor of the Center for Green Schools at USGBC, CCN is an opportunity for students and staff to make immediate and lasting impacts on a school’s carbon emissions and campus culture.
“Last year, Berea College participated in the CCN 2012 competition and can proudly say we finished in 9th place nationally. We are excited to participate again in this year’s event and hope to improve upon our savings. A new twist to the competition will be added this year since we have also agreed to a challenge with the University of Louisville, University of Kentucky and Western Kentucky University to a regional competition called “Bluegrass Unplugged” to see who can have the largest percent reduction in electricity- we would love to have those bragging rights!” said Berea College Energy Manager Diane Zekind.
During the CCN 2012 competition, more than 208,000 students, living in 1,200 buildings at 100 colleges and universities, collectively reduced 1.7 Megawatt-hours of electricity and 1.5 million gallons of water, saving schools $157,925 worth of electricity. The 2013 competition will build on that success and encourages students to brainstorm innovative solutions for how their school can save energy and cut costs.
“Campus Conservation Nationals provides the perfect venue for students to demonstrate how their collective drive, paired with individual action and responsibility, can have a significant impact on their campuses and communities,” said Pat Lane, USGBC Students program manager at the Center for Green Schools. “We are excited to build upon the success of previous years and empower a new corps of student organizers to be green building leaders.”
“The growth of CCN, and the incredible results from 2012, clearly demonstrate the desire and ability for people to change their behavior when it comes to using resources. With the right information and tools, we’ve seen students able the make a significant impact on energy and water use, and more importantly inspire their peers to take action,” said Andrew deCoriolis, director of marketing and engagement at Lucid. “We know that CCN has a lasting effect on campuses and we expect to double participation this year.”
CCN offers valuable educational opportunities, enabling students to teach themselves and their peers conservation behaviors as well as community and campus organizing skills. Above all, CCN is designed to empower the future generation of leaders, and foster a culture of conservation within campus communities. To learn more about the competition, visit www.CompeteToReduce.org.
About U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
U.S. Green Building Council is a non-profit organization composed of leaders working to advance buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. Driving its mission is USGBC’s LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System, a voluntary national certification system for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings. USGBC is one of CCN’s primary organizing partners.For more information, visit www.usgbc.org, www.centerforgreenschools.org, on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
Founded in 2004, Lucid is a privately held cleantech software company and a pioneer in providing real-time information feedback to teach, inspire behavior change, and save energy and water resources in buildings. Over the past eight years, Lucid’s team has made resource use visible, accessible, and engaging so that building occupants have the data visualization and communication tools to manage and reduce their consumption. Today, hundreds of thousands of people live and work in schools, companies, and organizations enhanced by Lucid’s award-winning Building Dashboard® technology. Visit www.luciddesigngroup.com, or follow Lucid on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
About Alliance to Save Energy
Alliance to Save Energy is a non-profit coalition of business, government, environmental and consumer leaders who support energy efficiency as a cost-effective energy resource and advocate energy efficiency policies that minimize costs and lessen emissions. To carry out its mission, ASE undertakes research, educational programs, and policy advocacy; designs and implements energy-efficiency projects; promotes technology development and deployment; builds public-private partnerships; and initiates collaborative efforts and strategic alliances.
About National Wildlife Federation
National Wildlife Federation America’s largest conservation organization. NWF works across the U.S. to protect and restore wildlife habitat, confront global warming and connect people with nature. NWF has a 20-year history of working with colleges and universities through its Campus Ecology program to improve their overall green educational programming and on-site sustainability. Its student outreach programs, campus consulting, technology competitions and educational events and resources reach about 1,000 colleges each year.