Oakland, California (EastBayDaily) — Hundreds of thousands of students at colleges and universities will soon be taking very short showers, shutting off electronics, studying with flashlights, and reminding friends to conserve when this year’s Campus Conservation Nationals competition begins on February 4th. Running until April 26th, schools throughout North America will compete to save electricity and water in their residence halls and classrooms by changing personal behaviors.
Lucid—in partnership with the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), and the Alliance to Save Energy (ASE)—kicked off the third-annual Campus Conservation Nationals (CCN), the largest nationwide electricity and water use reduction competition among colleges and universities.
With generous support from Constellation, an Exelon company, and United Technologies Corp., CCN has nearly doubled in size this year. Over 250,000 students on nearly 200 campuses in North America have signed up with the goal to collectively reduce 2 gigawatt-hours of electricity and 2 million gallons of water. Growth in 2013 includes an expansion into community colleges, with 20 signed up to be a part of the first-ever CCN Community College Challenge.
“Campus Conservation Nationals provides an amazing opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to have a significant impact on their campuses and communities,” said Pat Lane, USGBC Students program manager at the Center for Green Schools. “We are excited to build upon the success of previous years and empower students to be leaders in a movement toward high performance buildings.”
Competitions are hosted between buildings on individual campuses, and also against a select group of peer institutions. For the second year in a row, the Alliance to Save Energy’s PowerSave Green Campus Program is hosting a PowerSave Green Campus League amongst several of its schools across California. “We have found that our students are really motivated by the friendly campus rivalries. They take that energy with them when encouraging their peers to adopt behavioral changes that will carry them through the rest of their lives,” said Ellie Kim, project manager for the Alliance.
“The growth and success of CCN really demonstrates that when people have access to the right information in the right context, they can have a significant impact on a building’s energy and water use,” said Andrew deCoriolis, director of marketing at Lucid. “Perhaps more importantly, CCN serves as a platform for students to connect their personal actions to broader environmental impact.”
Another new aspect of CCN is the addition of the NWF Video Contest, which gives students the opportunity to creatively document student actions toward climate solutions. “We see our involvement in CCN as a natural extension of our Campus Ecology Program,” said Kristy Jones, manager of campus climate education and action at NWF. “Through CCN we are giving students a platform to make measurable impacts on climate, and then use their experience to inspire campuses around the country to continue to push forward with actions to reduce their impact on climate change, thus reducing the impacts on wildlife and habitat.”
The top reducing campus will receive Lucid’s Building Dashboard to monitor electricity on their campus. Participating schools will also have the opportunity to win renewable energy certificates (RECs) from Carbonfund.org and cash prizes as part of NWF’s Video Contest.
To learn more about the competition, visit: http://www.CompeteToReduce.org.
Participating schools and the media are invited to the CCN 2013 Official Launch Webinar, scheduled for Monday, February 4th at 1pm Pacific. Register here: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/207864921
About Lucid Founded in 2004, Lucid is a privately held software company and a pioneer in providing real-time information feedback to teach, inspire behavior change, and save energy and water resources in buildings. Lucid’s Building Dashboard makes resource use visible, accessible, and engaging so that building occupants have the data visualization and communication tools to manage and reduce their consumption. Lucid’s new BuildingOS, a platform for managing energy and water resources in commercial buildings and across real estate portfolios, will be available to the public in 2013.
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