Residents living in Caird, DeCordova and Emerson Halls and the mini quad recently took a huge bite out of their electricity bills – and received top honors for doing so. The Colleges were recently announced the winners of the New York Negawatt Challenge mini-division, sponsored by the Lucid Design Group, after reducing electricity consumption in the buildings by 5.5 percent – beating out Colgate, Hamilton, Skidmore and St. Lawrence.
The challenge, which lasted from Feb. 13 to March 4, targeted residences in particular due to the fact that more than two-thirds of Hobart and William Smith’s greenhouse gas emissions are a result of the operation of residence halls. EcoReps worked to promote the challenge – tabling and providing support and programming to help educate students on ways to reduce their energy consumption.
Throughout the challenge, energy consumption was tracked online with a new program called Dashboard, which displays the latest statistics in the categories of electricity, natural gas, green features, and even current weather.
On HWS’s Dashboard website http://buildingdashboard.com/clients/hws/, students can keep track of hourly electricity consumption in each of the three buildings; there is even a side-by-side comparison of the amount of energy used in each building. The goal was to reduce the amount of electricity that residents in these buildings use in an effort to decrease the total amount of greenhouse gasses that the Colleges produce. As part of this endeavor, Sustainability Coordinator James Landi and the HWS Eco Representatives are encouraged energy awareness through the Green Room Certification Program.
Landi is proud of the Colleges’ performance in the challenge, but notes the side benefits are important as well, as results of the campaign included cutting electricity consumption, saving money, and cutting greenhouse gas emissions.
Visit http://buildingdashboard.net/hws/#/hws/ for the latest on HWS consumption and energy use.