Conservation Council

Building Dashboard

Discover St. Lawrence's building dashboard.
You can view and compare electricity usage in most buildings on campus.
Each spring we run electricity competitions between student residences.

Questions may be directed to our Sustainability Coordinator.

If you prefer to go directly to the dashboard use the url: http://buildingdashboard.net/stlawrence/#/stlawrence


Q & A

Q. Does the building dashboard show all of St. Lawrence's energy usage?
A. No, only electricity is measured with the building dashboard at this time.

Q. What does it mean to have ‘real-time' data?
A. The electricity data meters are read every 5 minutes but with a set lag of a 5-10 minutes plus a communication and computing lag time of about 2 minutes the data could lag as much as 15 minutes behind actual building use.  This is still very impressive as most houses have a month between usage of electricity and knowledge of that usage (in the form of a bill).

Q. Can I access the building dashboard when I'm off SLU's campus?
A. The dashboard is web based which means anyone with internet access and the url (http://buildingdashboard.net/stlawrence/#/stlawrence) can view the St. Lawrence building dashboard.

Q. Who created the building dashboard and where is it housed?
A. Lucid Design Group created the dashboard and house it on one of their servers.

The history behind SLU's Building Dashboard

In 2006 a St. Lawrence student sat in the office of a librarian staring at a computer screen showing the newly launched ‘building dashboard' of Oberlin College.  At a time when the University had committed to environmental sustainability they coveted a tool such as this energy monitoring system that would help students and employees practice sustainable behaviors.  Part of what made the system so compelling was "a study that took place, [at Oberlin College] during the 2005 Dorm Energy Competition [which] successfully demonstrated that resource use feedback systems motivate students to exhibit substantial short-term reductions in energy and water use in dormitories.1"  The thought of double digit energy use reduction made the question not if such a system belonged at St. Lawrence but how to make it happen.

Showing off Oberlin (and subsequent Universities' building dashboards) to students, faculty and administrators created excitement and built support for the acquisition of such a system at St. Lawrence.

In spring of 2009 the student government passed a resolution stating that "the Thelomathesian Society support the active pursuit of installation of the Campus Monitoring System to allow students real time feedback on their energy usage."  In spring of 2010 President Fox supported the financial investment in the building dashboard including the installation of electricity meters on 72 University buildings.  During the summer and fall of 2010 electricity meters, an energy management system and the building dashboard were designed and installed.  The building dashboard was made public to the campus community in the spring of 2011.    

 

1 "Oberlin College Building Dashboard."  February 14, 2001.  http://www.oberlin.edu/dormenergy/

CAP Open Discussion Forum

Location: 
Student Center Room 336
Date: 
February 17, 2011 5:00pm - 6:30pm

Conservation Council will host open discussion forums, where faculty, staff, and students may ask questions and/or submit comments and feedback to members of the Conservation Council Working Group who drafted the Climate Action Plan.

Conservation Council has also made the draft CAP document available on the Green Pages where there is an accompanying link to submit comments.

Comments are welcome from all students, their parents, employees, alumni and North Country community members.

CAP Open Discussion Forum

Location: 
Student Center Room 336
Date: 
February 16, 2011 9:00am - 10:30am

Conservation Council will host open discussion forums, where faculty, staff, and students may ask questions and/or submit comments and feedback to members of the Conservation Council Working Group who drafted the Climate Action Plan.

Conservation Council has also made the draft CAP document available on the Green Pages where there is an accompanying link to submit comments.

Comments are welcome from all students, their parents, employees, alumni and North Country community members.

CAP Open Discussion Forum

Location: 
Student Center Room 336
Date: 
February 14, 2011 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Conservation Council will host open discussion forums, where faculty, staff, and students may ask questions and/or submit comments and feedback to members of the Conservation Council Working Group who drafted the Climate Action Plan

Conservation Council has also made the draft CAP document available on the Green Pages where there is an accompanying link to submit comments.

Comments are welcome from all students, their parents, employees, alumni and North Country community members.

CAP Open Discussion Forum

Location: 
Student Center Room 336
Date: 
February 11, 2011 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Conservation Council will host open discussion forums, where faculty, staff, and students may ask questions and/or submit comments and feedback to members of the Conservation Council Working Group who drafted the Climate Action Plan

Conservation Council has also made the draft CAP document available on the Green Pages where there is an accompanying link to submit comments.

Comments are welcome from all students, their parents, employees, alumni and North Country community members.

Conservation Council Minutes

Date: 
10/18/2010

In attendance: Louise Gava, Robby Glass, Rick Scott, Eric Williams-Bergen and Alle Wingerter

Updates

1. OC Fall Fun Days: Brad has the promise of a few log donations (perhaps 5-10, some as pine) and pick up by Marcus and Fac Ops., one saw and more in the works. Alle reminded us that selling tickets should happen in a way other than the student center during lunch as it should be targeted at faculty and staff. However it was suggested the log and poster display was valuable for students to see.

2. Youth Climate Summit: Rick has also tentatively agreed to attend one day.
3. Themlo meeting on low-mow zones: students asked lots of questions and seemed to enjoy Marcus' presentation, it seemed they didn't recognize the other low-mow zones across campus; they were really focused on JHS. Students and Marcus saw eye-to-eye on returning to the original LEED plan for the space. Students will pass a resolution to that effect on Wed 20th.

4. Innovation Grants:
Hydration Station-submitted by Robby, supported by Fac Ops, he included the cost of filters and he even met with a rep from the company. The main speed bump was determining if the proposal was capital (which was not allowed).

Bike to Work Week
-submitted by Louise, hoping to encourage the large number of faculty and staff who live within three miles of campus to bike or walk but putting the focus on the benefits and ease the two weeks leading up to ‘Bike to Work Week' in early May. Proposal included free bike maintenance and fitting for all employees and students living off-campus as well as incentives for those who bike or walk during the special week.

Campus Walking Tour
-submitted by Amanda, surrounding some of the ideas CC has been talking about to draw attention to our lovely campus.

Mellon Proposal-Movie Wish List
Eric updated that because our proposal will be a small amount we will most likely be able to submit our proposal when we are done instead of waiting until the next call for proposals. Folks should start or keep looking and share titles.

Grounds Forum-looking at issues of waste (and its reduction)
Given the success of last year's forum "Growing Green: The Transition to a Sustainable Landscape" it seems another forum educating our community on issues they interface with each day is appropriate. With the student interest in ‘trash' (see the ‘Trashy SLU' YouTube video) and Louise's recent conversations with Cathy Gibson (our waste hauler), this issue is very relevant. Students suggested our timing is the first few weeks of next semester, also allowing us to plan to participate in Recyclemania.

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