University is full of possibilities. It is the place and time for young adults to challenge themselves to learn and to make a positive difference in community. That's why Blue Sky does more than energy monitoring and real-time display in the four Colleges of HKU JCSVIII.
We harness the power of granular data to empower residents to adopt lasting behavioral change. With mentorship support, students go on a journey to gain insights into their College's energy data and implications. Discovery of the existing energy usage pattern is key to identify energy saving and improvement opportunities. Students gain a broad spectrum of skills including data analysis, data visualization and user-centric design thinking throughout the program. Every student participant takes part in the research, design and pitching of initiatives that benefit the whole College.
EXPANSION & PROJECT SCOPE
Blue Sky implemented a pilot in 4 floors of HKU New College in 2016. In 2018, we expanded services to all 4 residential halls in the Jockey Club Student Village III of the University of Hong Kong, which covers a total of 1,800 students.
1276 rooms and 90 student lounges
100+ Multi-circuit breakers
Real-time energy display in concourse, visible to 1800 residents
Personal log-in account for residents for web dashboard & smart phone app
Data granularity of individual room and pantry, separated into air conditioning, light and socket load
Notification and Alert which prompt energy investigation
Weekly consumption report for energy review
New College residents become more aware of their energy use throughout the program. Resident awareness increases by 44%. Meanwhile, energy consumption in Room and Pantry AC, Room light and socket has reduced by more than 20%.
College residents gained insights into their energy use through the semester-long engagement program. This includes an in-depth analysis of the College's energy data. A series of workshops are deployed to equip the residents with ability to use data analytical tools and adopt user-centric design thinking.
Past workshop topics include:
Data Analysis tools and case studies
User-centric Design Workshop
Data Visualization with Open Source Software
We also invited a broad group of seasoned professionals to serve as mentors and speakers to inspire and share their experiences with the residents. Our past workshops featured sustainability consultant, venture capitalist, foundation head, green advocacy group program manager, architect and industrial designer.
Residents also showcased the analytical results of the energy data, carry out research, design and pitch a series of college-wide sustainability initiatives. New College Master Dr. Sarah Liao and guests review the teams’ pitches and provide feedback. Fellow college residents are also present to evaluate the results, and to jointly decide on the initiatives to implement in the following semester.
As Isaac Newton said, "If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants."
Blue Sky believes in the critical mission of educating our next generation. We take pride in and work relentlessly to nurture future sustainability leaders. Students who completed the program are encouraged to step up as peer mentors, taking a leadership role in guiding and fostering new comers. Furthermore, we provide internship opportunities for dedicated participants, kickstarting and opening up opportunities in sustainability career ahead.