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UVa Sustainability Kiosk & Energy Tweets

By: Myles Henderson Email
By: Myles Henderson Email

November 11, 2009

It seems like every day more and more people are joining the social media craze of Facebook and Twitter. But the University of Mississippi is taking the idea of a tweet to a new level.

Every day we log on to Facebook or Twitter to check our updates... What's new with our friends, what news is fresh out of the Newsplex, what does the weather authority forecast look like. But now even buildings have there own Twitter accounts.

16 buildings on the campus of the University of Mississippi are letting people monitor energy usage via Twitter. A SmartMeter enables the university to monitor, analyze, and report energy usage in real time. UVa has similar smart meter technology in the form of a kiosk at Newcomb Hall. UVa Director of Energy and Utilities Cheryl Gomez says, "We really wanted to use Newcomb Hall as a showcase because a lot of visitors in additions to faculty, staff, students come through this building."

Installed in October, the sustainability kiosk includes real time energy and water usage numbers, the past usage numbers, and an outline of the sustainability projects around grounds. "What's really amazing is, several people have heard me say this, individual behavior really can have a dramatic impact." says Gomez.

The hope is that if people can see how energy is being used it can help to promote "greener" behavior both on grounds and beyond UVa. Gomez adds, "Those little itty-bitty things can really add up and have a really traumatic and dramatic impact on our environment."

UVa already has plans to install another kiosk in the architecture school, and possibly in dorms and dining halls. but can we expect any energy tweets from UVa any time soon? "I love the idea of doing a tweet. I think it would be really useful and very beneficial for us and we are actually thinking about that and looking at that." says Gomez.

Click HERE for more information about the UVa. Sustainability Kiosk.


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