Lucid customer, Wilde Lake Middle School in Columbia, Maryland, was recognized by the Baltimore Sun for its innovative use of technology to become a “Zero Energy” school. The new school building, which just opened this January, utilizes solar panels, an energy efficient architecture and insulation, a geothermal heat pump and lights programmed to respond the amount of ambient light in the room.
But the part that is truly inspiring is how the students and teachers are responding to being in a zero energy environment. Data about energy production and use is displayed on a Lucid dashboard in an energy kiosk in the main hallway. According to the school’s science teacher, who uses the kiosk as a teaching tool, the students are engaged in energy use and conservation, and are closely monitoring energy production and use in real time. The teacher says that student awareness can drive behavioral changes that can nudge energy use down in an immediately measurable way.
The Wilde Lake Middle School is a great example of dedication by a community, an organization and a group of young people can do to reduce their carbon footprint. In addition, the school is a bright example of how technology and information can make a real difference in how people engage with energy savings. As the students, teachers and faculty of the school see results, more attention will be paid to energy use, and greater savings can be achieved.
Lucid congratulates Wilde Lake Middle School in its conservation leadership and its innovative use of technology! We are glad to be part of the solution.
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