Updated: January 16, 2014 6:02AM
Prairie State College in Chicago Heights recently was selected as one of four community colleges in the state to participate in the Behavior Change for Energy Efficiency Pilot Program, according to a press release from the school.
The program is funded through a grant awarded to the Illinois Green Economy Network by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
As part of the pilot program, an energy dashboard system was installed in the Health/Tech Center to monitor real-time gas and electric usage. Smart power strips that automatically turn off all peripheral devices (printers, monitors, etc.) after 11 hours were installed. The smart power strips also provide a one-touch option to power down devices upon leaving for the day, conserving additional energy between the hours of work ending and the automatic shutdown.
The project is conducted in conjunction with a research component by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, which includes modeling of the Health/Tech Center, monitoring energy usage and changes in the building, and conducting surveys to examine current energy attitudes and behaviors.
For more information on the dashboard or PSC’s sustainability efforts, visit prairiestate.edu/sustainability.