WARREN WILSON STUDENT SELECTED AS

NWF CAMPUS ECOLOGY FELLOW TO ESTABLISH

REAL-TIME ENERGY MONITORING AT WWC


Gideon Burdick, a Warren Wilson College junior from Cleveland Heights, Ohio, has been selected as a 2008 National Wildlife Federation Campus Ecology Fellow. The award includes a $2,000 grant, spanning a 16-month period starting in January, to support Burdick’s efforts on campus to slow global warming.

Burdick was selected for his proposal to establish a real-time energy monitoring system for Warren Wilson’s 20 residence halls. He is working initially with John Moon, a professor from Canada’s Cambrian College now on sabbatical at Warren Wilson, to create the system.

The monitoring system is intended to provide the campus community, including facilities maintenance, with real-time feedback on student energy consumption. By making information available online, the project seeks to educate the Warren Wilson community about the impacts of energy use.

The energy monitoring initiative also supports efforts by the college to reduce its carbon footprint, as pledged by President Sandy Pfeiffer through the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment.