More than 3.5 Gigawatt Hours Saved Through Lucid Design Group Energy Competitions
Grantee Research Project Results
Lucid Design Group, a company established by Oberlin College P3 Expo winners in 2004, conducts annual college campus and K-12 School energy conservation competitions using their Building Dashboard energy monitoring and display technology.
This year’s Campus Conservation Nationals has nearly doubled in size with over 250,000 students on nearly 200 college campuses in North America participating in the competition. The goal this year is to collectively reduce energy usage by 2 gigawatt-hours of electricity and save 2 million gallons of water. Last year’s contest resulted in more than 1.7 Gigawatt-hours saved (that's enough to power 151 U.S. homes for a year).
Lucid, in partnership with the Green Schools Alliance, also conducts the annual Green Cup Challenge (GCC) electricity competition for K-12 schools. This year more than 300 K-12 schools from across the U.S. and around the world have collectively saved 1.5 gigawatt-hours of electricity, equivalent to approximately 2.5 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions and hundreds of thousands of dollars in savings. The GCC is a 4 week competition to see which schools can reduce energy usage the most.
The GCC encourages students to take actions like turning off unused electronics and shutting off lights in unoccupied rooms. Teachers and school staff also do their part for the competition by turning off unused office equipment and computer labs, and making sure everything is shut down at night and before the weekends. The GCC empowers students to connect their actions with tangible and measurable results and fosters sustainable behaviors within the school community.
Lucid Design Group was also honored this year at the Rio+20 conference by being included in Sustainia100 – a guide to 100 innovative and scalable solutions instrumental in creating sustainable societies.
See other innovative sustainable research projects from student teams competing for the P3 Award at the 9th Annual National Design Expo on the National Mall in Washington DC April 18-19th: for more info see: National Sustainable Design Expo
For more information on the Campus Conservation Nationals see: Compete to Reduce – Campus Conservation Nationals
For more information on the Green Cup Challenge see: Green Cup Challenge - Energy & Recycling Challenges for Schools
For more information on Sustainia100 see: Sustainia100
For more information on the Lucid Design Group and the Building Dashboard see: Lucid – Building Dashboard
For more information on Oberlin College’s 2004 P3 Project see: Developing and Assessing the Impact of a Socio-Technological Resource-Use Feedback System for Improving the Environmental Performance of Buildings and Institutions