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We’re Live! Real-Time Energy Monitoring Now at Brown

April 6, 2011

Click image above to jump to Brown's energy dashboard!

I have some exciting news: we now have real-time energy monitoring at Brown!  This achievement marks the culmination of months of planning and work on the part of the Department of Facilities Management and Lucid Design Group, the software engineering company responsible for packaging the raw data into the new flashy, user-friendly interface.  For those of you who participated in the 2010 Campus Conservation Nationals at Brown, you may remember that we uploaded data manually to Brown’s energy dashboard in 24-hour intervals.  This daily resolution was a useful stepping stone to get to the point where we are now, but research on the subject overwhelmingly supports real-time monitoring as the best option for reporting energy data.  Instant access to these numbers is proven to build robust feedback loops between understanding of energy consumption and personal and institutional behavior changes.

I strongly encourage you to explore the dashboard here!  Flip through the different buildings and see how much electricity they use, carbon dioxide they emit, and how much this costs.  Compare buildings side-by-side and see how Brown matches up against other colleges and universities across the country.

Currently we have 30 buildings linked to the dashboard, a mix of residence halls, labs, classrooms, and other campus buildings.  The dashboard itself is a tremendous teaching tool and can be used to better understand our relationship to the built environment we inhabit and its impact on the natural world we depend on for survival.

We hope you are as excited as we are about this!  We work hard to make sure that tools like these and the information they present is easy to use and understand.  Please email brownecoreps@gmail.com if you have any questions about the dashboard or energy use at Brown in general, or if you have suggestions about how we can make the dashboard experience more enjoyable.

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