Green Kiosk shows strengths of sustainability movement on campus
Recycling, conserving water, decreasing use of electricity, composting, riding a bicycle and limiting use of other natural resources are simple ways of incorporating sustainable practices. With approximately 4,000 students living on Missouri State University’s campus and almost 4,000 faculty and staff working on campus either full- or part-time, monitoring utility consumption is key to keeping costs low. The office of energy management recently purchased an energy dashboard called Green Kiosk to monitor this and educate the campus community on Missouri State’s sustainability efforts.
According to Pilar Karlen, energy manager, the Green Kiosk, offered by Johnson Controls, launched in mid-September to showcase strengths and weaknesses and to be a visual cue for the sustainability initiatives currently in place.
“This dashboard has a dual purpose – education for the campus community about current energy use as well as statistical information for facilities and sustainability projects to target specific buildings for energy efficiency improvements,” said Karlen. “Due to the nature of the data, this program will show inefficiencies based not only on location, but also time of day. This allows for instant feedback and quick action to reduce energy use and save the university money.”
About the Green Kiosk
The Green Kiosk, which cost $61,387 initially, was covered by the student Sustainafund and supported by the students, specifically the Sustainability Commission of SGA. It monitors and graphs the utility consumption (steam/condensation, chilled water, electricity and gas usage in real time, updating every 15 minutes) for a large number of on campus facilities. It also tracks carbon footprint information, and maintains lists of green features or LEED checklists, benchmarks buildings and offers green tips and educational materials.
At this point, the Green Kiosk collects data on these facilities:
- Foster Family Recreation Center
- Plaster Student Union
- Hutchens House
- Hammons House
- Blair- Shannon House
- Craig Hall
- Garst Dining Center
- Freudenburger House
- Glass Hall
- Juanita K. Hammons Hall for Performing Arts
- Hammons Student Center
- JQH Arena
- Kentwood Hall
- Meyer Library
- Plaster Sports Complex
- Strong Hall
- Siceluff Hall
- Wells House
- Woods House
- Greenwood Laboratory School
- Temple Hall
Additional buildings will be added in the future as funds become available, and an annual maintenance fee of $6,650 will be paid to Johnson Controls by residence life, the entertainment venues, Plaster Student Union and the Foster Family Recreation Center.
Formation of Green Teams
To further explore integrating sustainability into office and department practices at Missouri State, Green Teams are forming this fall.
“Green Teams are a way for the campus community to participate in sustainability through reduction of energy and resource use at Missouri State,” said Jen Cox, associate director of facilities management.
To take part in the Green Team initiative, an office must first download the green office application and the Leaf One Checklist from the Missouri State sustainability website. Items on leaf one include closing blinds when leaving the office, classroom or residence rooms for the day to save energy, reviewing proper recycling practices at a staff meeting, and only purchasing Energy Star certified appliances and equipment.
“The Energy Subcommittee will continue to develop additional checklists for the Green Teams and look forward to feedback from the campus community as we look to grow the program,” added Cox.
For more information, contact Karlen at (417) 836-8984.
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