The largest residence hall electricity and water reduction competition runs from February 16th-March 8th, 2015.
Campus Conservation Nationals (CCN) is the largest electricity and water reduction competition program for colleges and universities in the world. In its fourth year, CCN gives a common voice and motivation to hundreds of thousands of students across North America, all working together to reduce consumption and mitigate the impacts of climate change. CCN is an opportunity to organize students and staff, host educational events, and challenge students and staff to participate in fun events that can have an immediate and lasting impact on your school’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.
How it Works
The core of Campus Conservation Nationals is the dozens of individual competitions hosted by colleges and universities across North America. CCN uses a competition window model in which participating schools hold three-week competitions on their campuses anytime during the program’s three-month competition window each spring.
All participating school hosts a competition in which buildings on their own campus compete against each other to achieve the highest percent reduction in electricity and/or water use during the competition period (in comparison to a baseline period chosen by the school). Schools may also choose to participate in a group competition, in which schools in a region, state, or peer group compete against each other to achieve the highest campus-wide reduction in electricity and/or water consumption.
All competitions are run and visualized using Lucid’s Building Dashboard®, a website that allows students to track competition standings, analyze performance, and share winning strategies. To allow data to be displayed on their school’s Building Dashboard, competition organizers at each school are responsible for entering data from their utility meters or building automation system into BuildingOS, Lucid’s online operating system for buildings. Check out this sample Building Dashboard for a preview of what yours will look like!
The goals of Campus Conservation Nationals are to:
Campus Conservation Nationals is jointly organized by four organizations:
U.S. Green Building Council
The USGBC, through the USGBC Students program at its Center for Green Schools, is one of CCN’s primary organizing partners. The USGBC is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annualGreenbuild International Conference & Expo, the Center for Green Schools, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. For more information, visit usgbc.org, explore the Green Building Information Gateway (GBIG), and connect on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
Lucid is one of CCN’s primary organizing partners and is an industry leader and innovator in providing information feedback technology to save energy and water in buildings. The company pioneered the concept of real-time energy and water use feedback and reduction competitions with Building Dashboard and launched BuildingOS, the world’s first online operating system for buildings. Lucid’s software is used by the world’s leading companies and institutions to manage thousands of buildings with $500 million in annual energy bills. Based in Oakland, California, Lucid is a privately held software company.
National Wildlife Federation
The National Wildlife Federation is America’s largest conservation organization. NWF works across the U.S. to protect and restore wildlife habitat, confront global warming and connect people with nature. NWF has a 20-year history of working with colleges and universities through its Campus Ecology program to improve their overall green educational programming and on-site sustainability. Its student outreach programs, campus consulting, technology competitions and educational events and resources reach about 1,000 colleges each year.
Alliance to Save Energy
The Alliance to Save Energy is a non-profit coalition of business, government, environmental and consumer leaders who support energy efficiency as a cost-effective energy resource and advocate energy efficiency policies that minimize costs and lessen emissions. To carry out its mission, ASE undertakes research, educational programs, and policy advocacy; designs and implements energy-efficiency projects; promotes technology development and deployment; builds public-private partnerships; and initiates collaborative efforts and strategic alliances.
Is your building winning the competition thus far? Use the energy dashboard to get current readings on how well your building is reducing water and energy consumption.
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