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.
Orientation to Energy Use on Campus
Friday, May 20, 4:30-10:30p
Saieh Hall for Economics,
1160 E 58th St
FOOD AND BEVERAGES PROVIDED
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. For more details or to reserve your spot:
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If you're interested in helping out, have a question, or want to be added to the Campus as a Laboratory listserv, please email: CampusAsALaboratory@uchicago.edu.