Lucid Helps Colleges Lower Energy Use

Lucid Design Group, has teamed up with several college campuses across the country, including Oberlin College, Hamilton College, Elon University and the University of Colorado, to hold campus-wide, energy-reducing competitions using the Lucid’s web-based Building Dashboard that tracks real-time water, electricity and gas usage.

Lucid said that its technology motivates building occupants to manage their consumption and conserve resources and allows them to see their reductions in terms of dollars and carbon dioxide saved. Real-time information provided by Building Dashboard can facilitate reductions of energy consumption in buildings of 10 to 56% by promoting simple behavior changes, such as turning off unused lights and appliances.

“Lucid Design Group operates with the premise that real-time feedback on energy consumption is a necessary and effective mechanism to change attitudes and behavior, and ultimately conserve resources,” said Lucid co-founder and president Michael Murray.

At Oberlin, where the dashboard was first used in a student competition, energy usage has reportedly decreased by 55%. Hamilton took the idea one step further and has expanded the technology to other buildings, so employees can track and reduce energy usage over days, months and years. In its latest competition Hamilton said that it saved 4,818 kilowatt-hours (kWh) over a two week period.

“It’s very encouraging to see that institutions of higher education are at the forefront of the environmental stewardship movement, initiating a wide range of campus sustainability programs,” said Murray. “Our goal is to provide a tool that enables conservation on a broader scale by engaging people in creative behavior-change programs.”

Lucid’s has awarded its Building Dashboard to Columbia University whose student-led team submitted the a YouTube video to the company that demonstrated a creative initiative that engages people to conserve energy and resources and showed how a Building Dashboard would benefit those efforts. Columbia was announced as the winner of the Building Dashboard Student Contest at the Greenbuild 2008 International Conference & Expo in Boston on November 19. Columbia will be awarded a Building Dashboard for up to three buildings on campus.

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