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Community | February 3, 2012

Collegiate pride leads the way during the Campus Conservation Nationals

By Sonya Ulen
Director, Load Response, Constellation Energy

Competition is a matter of pride for many higher learning institutions. For many alumni and students, collegiate competition is a lifelong passion. Now, for over 170 schools taking part in the Campus Conservation Nationals (CCN), that passion is merged with a nationally beneficial program, sponsored by Constellation Energy and Lucid.

Starting Monday, Feb. 6  through April 23, participating colleges and universities nationwide are competing to achieve the greatest possible energy and water reductions in their residence halls. Schools can choose to compete among buildings on their own campus, at the state or regional level, or against a select group of peer institutions. By accumulating savings from all participants, CCN strives to achieve a national challenge goal of reducing 1 gigawatt-hour of electricity!

How does it work? Schools brainstorm various strategies to reduce the amount of energy and water consumption by building. Then, using Lucid’s Building Dashboard®, participants can compare performance in real-time, track standings among the leading schools and buildings, and share their winning conservation measures. The competition helps students to engage with each other and administration as they organize, and build broader support for energy awareness.  As individuals, students and faculty are educated and empowered to conserve resources in their own residences into their daily lives.

Constellation Energy is proud to be a sponsor of the Campus Conservation Nationals. This fabulous competition is designed to empower the future generation of energy and environmental leaders, and foster a culture of conservation within campus communities.  It also helps Constellation’s customers better manage their overall energy consumption and reduce associated costs.  Winning campuses will receive Constellation’s VirtuWatt™ energy management and bidding system as a prize, which will enable the winning organization to continue to drive energy savings and new revenues via load response programs long after CCN competition comes to an end.

See if your alma matter is in the running!  Lucid’s Building Dashboard offers and an online view into various statistics throughout the head-to-head competition.

For more information about the Campus Conservation Nationals, check out Lucid’s website at

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