Article by Dave Everitt, EcoVisum
We are excited to announce that the SAVES 2 energy dashboard has won the Digital Innovation award at the Best In Class Awards 2019!
The Best in Class Awards were established in 2016 in order to recognise, highlight and promote companies and initiatives at the forefront of student living, working and learning. De Montfort University, Ecovisum and NUS UK entered the SAVES 2 Dashboard software in the "Class Digital Innovation Award" category, and won!
The Digital Innovation award "recognises the development and application of the innovative digital technology that contributes to enhancing the quality of the student living". The goals of the award are for an innovation that increases student and staff engagement, interaction and responsiveness, and enhances student living." See more on The Class of 2020 website here. Dave Everitt (EcoVisum) attended the award ceremony in Berlin and is pictured here holding the award trophy.
The Energy Dashboard engages students in energy-saving initiatives by tracking consumption in over 140 student dormitories across 14 UK and EU universities, enabling them to set up competitions between residencies that display dynamically-updated 'leaderboards' of energy savings for each competitor, viewable on any device from mobile to public screens. Digital data is automatically processed by the software, calculating 'baselines' against which realistic savings targets can be set. The aim is to enable students to develop an awareness of their energy use, and to encourage habits that will persist after leaving university.
Current universities using the energy dashboard: University of Cambridge, University of Nottingham, University of Liverpool, University of York, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Technical University of Crete, University of Cyprus, Dublin City University, NUI Galway, NUI Maynooth, University College Cork, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, University of Bucharest, University of Sofia, De Montfort University
Universities that have used the dashboard so far: University of Bath, Cranfield University, University of Essex, University of Keele, University of Northampton, ÖrebroBostäder, Queen Mary University of London, London School of Economics, Kings College London, University of Strathclyde, University of Surrey, University of the West of England, University of Warwick, University of Worcester, Studentbostader (Stockholm and Gothenburg) and student residence Spring Mews from provider CLS.