Campus Energy Dashboard and Behavior Change:
Students living in UCSC dorms are an important target audience for campaigns to reduce energy consumption through behavior change. In order to influence student behavior, easy access to information on energy consumption is needed, along with a strategy and outreach campaign to influence student behavior.
This project has two components. The first is designing and building a web-based and/or mobile app dashboard to display real-time building energy use in an interactive and fun way. Data for this project is available through the UCSC Physical Plant’s Tridium server, and the dashboard needs to be designed and built. The second component is publicizing this information, integrating it into a strategy to influence student behavior, and supplementing building energy use information with tips on how students can reduce their own energy usage. An IDEASS student from last year made an initial plan for campus-wide dorm energy education and competitions, but this plan would need to be revisited, completed, and implemented. Integrating the dashboard with the outreach campaign will make the overall project successful. This project requires participation from students in the Computer Science Department.