Meredith College has entered the 2015 Campus Conservation Nationals (CCN), a competition that focuses on the reduction of energy usage in campus residence halls. The competition gets underway on April 2 and continues through April 22, with students in Brewer, Faircloth, Heilman, Poteat, Stringfield and Vann, competing to see who can reduce their electrical usage the most.
Meredith will compete against other schools at two additional levels. “The Battle of the Plug” is a statewide group including Meredith, Appalachian State University, Elizabeth City State University, UNC Greensboro, and Western Carolina University. The national competition features over 150 colleges and universities.
This is Meredith’s first entry into the CCN competition, and in order to compete, we needed to be able to measure the electrical usage in the residence halls. With funds from the Environmental Sustainability Initiative, provided by the Margaret A. Gargill Foundation, we were able to purchase and install electrical sub-metering in the residence halls. The metering data is sent to an online dashboard program, where students can see their daily energy consumption and reduction for each building, in comparison to its baseline energy usage. They can also see how their fellow students are doing in their respective residence halls.
Building sub-metering gives Meredith the ability to conduct regular campus conservation competitions. This is part of an ongoing plan to give us a better understanding of each building’s energy usage so we can institute and measure future conservation measures and building systems improvements. Sub-metering was previously installed in the Science and Math Building and Central Plant.
CCN is an opportunity to organize students, faculty, and staff, host educational events, and challenge the Meredith community to participate in fun events that can have an immediate and lasting impact on our college’s carbon emissions and campus culture. CCN is jointly organized by the U.S. Green Building Council, Lucid, National Wildlife Federation, and Alliance to Save Energy.
The Meredith CCN competition organizing group includes Assistant Professor of Geoscience Matthew Stutz and Energy Manager Dave Lyons, with metering and dashboard program installed by the Facilities team, and with additional student and staff support from SGA and the Office of Residence Life. The event will kick off 5 -7 p.m., April 1, 2015, in Belk Dining Hall with remarks from President Jo Allen and SGA representatives.
—Submitted by Dave Lyons, Energy Manager