Customer Highlight: Mamaroneck H.S. uses BuildingOS as powerful learning tool

March 21, 2017

By Abby Karp

Mamaroneck High School is using BuildingOS in unique and exciting ways. The high school's team is using it to report hour-by-hour data on their building's energy consumption and to serve as a springboard for “real-world” lesson plans. While BuildingOS is used by colleges and universities in New York such as Cornell, Colgate, Hamilton, St. Lawrence, SUNY and CUNY colleges, Mamaroneck High School is breaking ground in the public school sector. The installation of the dashboard was made possible by generous donations from families in the Larchmont-Mamaroneck community as well as a grant from the Mamaroneck Schools Foundation (MSF).

Mamaroneck is using BuildingOS in two primary ways:

  1. Monitoring building data. BuildingOS reports data via electronic meters that measure electricity usage in kilowatt-hours from both the Post and Palmer sides of the high school building.
  2. Student learning. Teachers will incorporate BuildingOS into related subjects such as Environmental Science, Math, and Physics.

Over time, school officials hope the dashboard will stimulate interest in students implementing more sustainable practices (e.g with recycling, food waste, etc.), teach students to identify and configure cost-saving opportunities, and allow Mamaroneck to compete with other area high schools that have expressed interest in getting the dashboard. BuildingOS displays some unique features, including tracking electricity consumption on various timescales and reporting daily consumption in terms of cost, pounds of carbon dioxide emitted into the air, and equivalent hours of a typical laptop operating at 35 Watts.

“It’s exciting that we were able to make this happen thanks to a strong and dedicated partnership with the community and the creativity and hard work by our IT and facilities staff who oversaw the setup of the required infrastructure,” said MHS Science Teacher Sophia Andrews, who was a co-sponsor of the MSF grant. “We all look forward to the dashboard as a fun, engaging tool for students and are considering the many different ways in which it will be used.”

Ms. Andrews, who teaches AP Environmental Science and also serves as advisor to the environmental club, Leave No Trace, added, “I hope access to this data will provide inspiration to students to develop behaviors that are sustainable, and more importantly, make students more mindful of the impact they have not just on our school, but in our community and beyond.”

“We are thrilled to be able to learn from colleges and universities how they are integrating the energy dashboard and look forward to seeing some of these same student learning opportunities here in Mamaroneck Schools,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Robert I. Shaps.

Some students are already brainstorming how they can create a sustainability program that ties into the dashboard and exploring through video how to encourage students to recycle more. At Lucid we're very excited to see these initiatives taking place, and proud that BuildingOS is part of the motivation behind it.

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Abby Karp

Abby joined Lucid’s marketing team in 2014 after conducting research on the decision-making processes of environmental behavior. Abby graduated from Middlebury College with a degree in Environmental Studies and Conservation Psychology.