Mar 07 2012

Tufts students participate in Department of Energy Better Buildings Case Competition

Posted at 7:33 pm under Uncategorized

The following paragraph was written by Michael Baskin, who participated in the DOE Better Buildings Case Competition:

The US Department of Energy (DoE) sent out a press release (below) yesterday on the Better Buildings Case Competition that took place this past Thursday-Saturday in Washington DC. The DoE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) held the competition under its Better Buildings Initiative, which has set the US national goal of increasing building energy efficiency by 20% by 2020. A team from Tufts University competed along with and against 18 other universities. Preparation and announcement of the competition began in early December with a conference call held by the DoE. Students volunteered to be part of the team in January, with the competition lasting the month of February and student teams meeting and working on the cases in their spare time. Tufts students were from several different schools including The Fletcher School, Engineering, and UEP, and included both graduates and undergraduates. Each university was assigned two of four real-life cases provided by private and public partners for teams to analyze and propose solutions for. Tufts was assigned the City of Houston Case and the Hotel Case. Prof. Bill Moomaw agreed to serve as an advisor to the team, in line with the DoE mandate of no more than one faculty advisor allowed for each university. Teams submitted a ten-page written proposal and a powerpoint presentation for each case, and parts of each team were able to travel to Washington DC to present their reports this past week. In an awards ceremony Friday afternoon, the DoE announced winners for Best Proposal and Most Innovative for each case, although the Tufts teams did not win in their respective cases. US DoE Secretary Chu presented the awards to the winning teams and spent close to an hour with all of the participating students answering questions. Students were also able to attend a panel discussion on municipal energy efficiency efforts Thursday evening held at the National Building Museum, were given the opportunity to tour an energy efficient hotel Saturday morning, and participate in a self-guided tour of the White House Saturday afternoon. Tufts Student travel to the competition was partially funded by a travel grant from the Tufts Institute for the Environment.

The Tufts students who participated included:

Hotel Case

Johnathon Torn (The Fletcher School)

Jack Carter (Engineering)

David Murphy (The Fletcher School)

Roxanne Tully (Engineering)

Ravi Kaneriya (The Fletcher School)

Stephanie Flores (Engineering)

Houston Case

Samantha Weaver (UEP)

Michael Baskin (The Fletcher School)

Elizabeth Treseder (The Fletcher School)

Benjamin Chamberlain (Engineering)

Winnie Wong (The Fletcher School)

Below find the DOE press release:

Secretary Chu Announces Winners of Student Competition to Promote Energy-Efficient Buildings

March 5, 2012

As part of President Obama’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced the winners of a competition that challenges collegiate students to develop and present real-world solutions to boost the energy efficiency of buildings across the country. Secretary Chu recognized the winners of the Better Buildings Case Competition, part of the Energy Department’s Better Buildings Challenge, at an event at the White House Friday afternoon, and congratulated them for their efforts to tackle some of the most common and stubborn barriers to improving energy efficiency. The winners included Carnegie Mellon University, Columbia University, The George Washington University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of California at Berkeley, University of Colorado Denver, and University of Southern California.

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