Tulane launches website to track waste in campus buildings

Tulane has designed a website, similar to the website used during the RecycleMania competition, that allows visitors to observe the amount of electricity and carbon dioxide waste in certain buildings.

Tulane began testing the website, which it might make permanent depending on the site’s success. The pilot buildings are Wall Residential College and the university’s power plant.

Office of Sustainability Director Elizabeth Davey said she thought the university’s move toward keeping track of the waste within the dorms and making the information available to students is a step in the right direction.

“These dashboards [on the website] give occupants immediate feedback on their energy use and impact on climate change, and they can help facilities managers spot problems with a building’s operation,” Davey said.

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