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Green Kiosk Monitors Energy Use on MSU Campus

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Missouri State University launched a new environmental initiative, centered around a program called the Green Kiosk.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Missouri State University launched a new environmental initiative, centered around a program called the Green Kiosk.

The Green Kiosk is a website where anyone can see how much energy is being used on campus.

Every time you turn on a light or plug in a laptop at MSU, your electricity use is monitored in MSU's power house.

As of Tuesday, anyone can view the information through a new website.

"The energy dashboard is the link between the energy management team and the campus community," MSU Energy Manager Pilar Karlen said.

"Basically it will give broad information about how the energy is being used in each building and what can we do to make it better," Karlen said.

The kiosk is running on MSU's website 24-7 and you can see energy use in near real time.

"Think more about the actions we take whenever we flip on a light or plug in our laptop," Alum Lauren Bansbach said.

Bansbach is a former student who helped write the proposal for the Green Kiosk.

"It's important because students can now see how much energy they are using in their individual dorm or in their academic building  and they can go online and look at it and see how it's changing day to day and season to season," she said.

She believes awareness is the first step in reducing the school's carbon footprint.

"That behavior change leads to reduced energy consumption,' she said.

And over time, she believes the energy savings will come right back to the students.

The system cost about 60,000 dollars and was paid for with a student environmental fee.
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