Two undergraduate Yale students are testing a new tactic to help cut back on the University’s energy use. In the spirit of a “campus as a living lab” experiment, the two students have developed this project as their term assignment for their sustainability class. They have assembled a team of 30 peers to monitor outdoor light sources in several locations around campus over a 24 hour period. This study, “Energy Blitz,” aims to determine what changes can be made to the current outdoor lighting system to use less energy, and to increase student awareness and involvement in energy-related issues. The name Energy Blitz comes from the term BioBlitz, the name for events in which biologists ask a community to record all living species in a certain area for a 24-hour period.
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