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Institutions, specifically higher learning centers like universities and colleges use a considerable amount of energy to operate their facilities, as well as supporting the academic curriculum. The larger the square footage, and more northern or southern the climate the more interest there is in conservation. Every institution maintains rigorous sustainability initiatives which have a high impact on endowments and student enrollment. Most educational institutions provide highly visible scorecards on their performance when it comes to environmental issues and the overall success of their sustainability program. Reducing the overall Energy Intensity, meaning a monitoring and reduction of energy per student or energy per square foot of real estate has become very important.

 

Monitoring energy and water consumption, by building, by academic discipline and by building occupancy on a granular level is the first step to a holistic energy management system with Energy Performance Indicators (EnPI’s). The strength and effectiveness of a properly designed energy program lies in knowing your minimum energy utilization requirements and not exceeding them.  A reduction program designed around institutions ultimately analyzes student and facility scheduling along with energy usage information and in turn develops a model of dynamic energy baselines and targets that play a paramount role in reducing energy costs. The energy management information system (EMIS) model, must take into consideration; time of year, weather, dynamic energy pricing, level of enrollment and facility occupancy.   

 

Students of today could be encouraged and empowered to modify their daily behavior if they had a window into their energy & water use and its impact on the environment at their educational institution. The EMIS allows each student to monitor their energy consumption via web services or using mobile devices (Blackberry, iPad, Android, etc). A student body armed with web based or mobile, real time energy use visualization of their own personal impact to Energy Intensity, will foster the reduction strategies addressing the ever rising costs of energy and water. 

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  1. Stephen Johannes
    First off this blog appears like part of the content is missing.  Can you perhaps revise it to include more detail about the monitor process/techniques.  It’s okay to actually include more content in your blog than a brief summary that has less information than a marketing whitepaper.

    Second how are you going to encourage students to converse when failing grades are not enough to encourage students to study?  Once again it would have been interesting to see how the process tackles this issue vs just giving another mobile application for students to ignore.

    Take care,

    Stephen

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    1. Vic Briccardi Post author
      Certainly, the monitoring of energy consumption is accomplished by
      connection energy meters (electricity, n. gas, steam, even water) to SAP’s
      MII Energy Management Information System. This enables energy baselines to
      be calculated via regression analysis which then provide dynamic energy
      targets based on occupancy, outdoor temperature and humidity for
      facilities on compass. By monitoring the actual energy utilization vs.
      energy targets, email alerts can be triggered to address the anomalies.

      I can’t comment on students failing grades but will say that students are
      starting to have an awareness to their environment and “greening”. By
      providing personalized near real time energy information (made mobile via
      Sybase technology) based on the students activities and curriculum, they
      become an active participant in learning and determining how green their
      world will be.

      I have included a link on student participation and building momentum
      within scholastic institutions for environmental and energy saving
      initiatives. http://classic.cnbc.com/id/42475735

      Sincerely,

      Vic

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  2. David Katz
    Excellent work is being done in the area of engaging students with visualization of their energy and water consumption. Ontario has an Eco_School program http://www.ontarioecoschools.org/ that brings together the facility management, staff and students in improving their learning environment and curriculum. As well the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education has a significant effort on student engagement. http://www.aashe.org/
    Given the energy and water data collected by the Energy Management Information System on the MII can be displayed in many different formats and at many different levels, the educational and engagement of students in sustainability fits well with their technological and social media passion.
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