In 2015, the 160 campus buildings and grounds used $50M of energy (electricity + natural gas). This energy use accounts for approximately 70% of the University’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Improving campus energy efficiency is the key driver to impacting GHG emissions and the University’s environmental footprint. It is a complex problem to unravel, given the physical, economic and behavioral factors involved.

After an introduction by Eric Isaacs, University Provost, the first portion of this event will orient participants with the physical campus and how it uses energy. Subject-matter experts will introduce participants to basic concepts of energy data and data visualization. After orientation, participants will select from a series of challenges and compete to identify features in campus energy data or propose new designs for tools that could be developed to improve our understanding of campus energy usage. Mentors will be on hand for questions and collaboration.

This event is open to all.

Cost: Free

Areas of Focus: Energy Markets
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Energy Markets
Well-functioning markets are essential for providing access to reliable, affordable energy. EPIC research is uncovering the policies, prices and information needed to help energy markets work efficiently.
Energy Efficiency
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Energy Efficiency
Improving energy efficiency is lauded as a promising way reduce emissions and lower energy costs. Yet, a robust body of research demonstrates that not all efficiency investments deliver. EPIC faculty...
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Well-functioning markets are essential for providing access to reliable, affordable energy. EPIC research is uncovering the policies, prices and information needed to help energy markets work efficiently.