October 22, 2008
By Michelle Schwartz
Communications and Marketing Coordinator
Global Institute of Sustainability
It's a bright idea. Monitor a building's energy use, put the information under the noses of the building's occupants, and use it to persuade them to reduce their energy consumption. Brilliant!
ASU research engineer Joby Carlson thought so, too. But the lab manager for ASU's National Center of Excellence on SMART Innovations wanted to take it one step further. Or really several steps. He wanted to incorporate water and waste with energy data, he wanted to compare multiple buildings on campus, and he wanted to teach people exactly how they could reduce their resource use. Oh, and he wanted to use ASU talent to put it all into a web-based tool that anyone could understand.