Building Dashboard is a technology that measures electricity and water consumption in schools, businesses, public facilities and homes and translate this into animated displays. Building Dashboards are designed to engage, educate, motivate and empower building occupants to make informed choices that conserve resources. Linked sites on this page allow you to track patterns of use over different time scales and to compare use among buildings.
A variety of public buildings within the City of Oberlin have building dashboards and displays. Links here allow you to view dashboards for all four public schools, the Oberlin Public Library and Slow Train Cafe. digital signs in eleven locations in town display content.
Separate Dashboards have been created for all four Oberlin City schools and the Langston School Board office. Each year students participate in "Ecolympics" in which students from all four public schools compete against each other to achieve the highest percentage reduction in electricity and water use.
Separate Building Dashboards have been created for all twenty six dormitories at Oberlin College. Each year dormitory residents participate in “Campus Conservation Nationals” in which dormitory residents compete against other dorms on campus and collaborate nationally to achieve electricity and water use reductions.
Our goal is to make Building Dashboard displays available to all members of the community. Currently, dashboards have been created for all 33 residences and 14 businesses that occupy Sustainable Community Associates East College Street buildings. To protect privacy, these have password protected websites, but dashboards for the Slow Train Cafe is visible to the public. We are working towards a pilot “home dashboard” project with displays for up to 100 residences in Oberlin.
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