From March 28th to April 15th dorms compete with dorms and houses with houses to achieve the greatest per person electricity reduction. Winners enjoy a mock-tail party.
Visit our Building Dashboard frequently to see which residence is winning, how much your residence has saved and tips on reducing your electricity.
Use SLU's Dashboard to help reduce your residence's
electricity use-make SLU Green-win a prize!
Who: You, your roommate, your neighbor down the hall. All
students living in St. Lawrence owned residences; dorms; themes; townhouses.All students living at Colgate, Hamilton,
Union and Hobart and William Smith Colleges!
What: Electricity reduction competition, compete with other
residences and Universities to see who can reduce their electricity usage the
most over a three week period. Dorms compete against other dorms and
themes and townhouses compete against each other.
Where: Your dorm room, common room, bathroom, kitchen, townhouse and
When: Friday, February 14th to Friday, March 7th
Why: Behavior has a noticeable impact on utility usage in
buildings. During the period of the competition students will be encouraged
to find fun and creative ways to reduce their electricity usage through
behavior changes that could be sustained for the rest of the semester.
Prizes: The wining residence and the winning theme/town house will receive
a pub cookie or equivalent cookie for each resident.The winning University gets bragging rights!
Tips: Check out our green guide for electricity reduction
Q. I live in Dean Eaton, it is the biggest dorm won't my dorm use more
electricity than a theme house or smaller residence? A. Winners will be decided based on electricity usage in each residence
compared to electricity usage in that residence during a period prior to the
competition. Residences are competing in two categories; dorms and theme/town
Q. My room is too hot but I don't have a thermostat, how can I help win? A. If a room or common space is overheated call the heating plant at
229-5205. The competition is based only on electricity reduction; however
reporting overheating is critical as we work toward our University energy
Q. I know it will be much harder to get everyone in my dorm involved
in the competition; won't a smaller theme house be more likely to win? A. Residences are competing in two categories; dorms and houses.
The dorm and house that reduce the most electricity, compared to their previous
usage, will be the winners.
Powershift is the nation's largest youth and largest environmental rally, with over 10,000 students joining together in Washington D.C. from April 15-18.
SLU plans on being there, and if you want to come -this is the chance
to sign up!It is a weekend of some of the biggest environmental activists
getting students informed and pumped about pathways to clean energy,
breaking down dirty energy, and getting big campus action, culminating
into a HUGE student rally.
We have received some funding from the Mellon Grant and the cost of the trip will be very
affordable if at all. And the BEST time to register is at THIS MEETING.
Q. Does the building dashboard show all of St. Lawrence's
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. Who created the building dashboard and where is it
A. Lucid Design Group created the dashboard and house it on one of
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.
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/