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Smart campus technologies harness the potential to advance everything from productivity to security measures to the operations of the buildings in which students live and study. The United States alone is home to over 4,000 colleges and universities including public and private institutions. In 2015, residential and commercial buildings consumed about 40% of the country’s entire energy output.

According to a new report by the Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS), there are about 389,000 educational buildings comprising of more than 12.2 billion square feet of space. In the U.S., education-related properties take up more space than food, healthcare, and hotel related spaces combined and used over 840 trillion British thermal units (BTU) of power in 2012 alone.

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That’s over 246 billion kWH! The U.S. Department of Energy believes we waste nearly 30% of all power, causing colossal financial and environmental losses. With this many resources surging through power grids to educate Americans, it’s safe to conclude there are plenty of opportunities for automation to optimize the way these buildings run.

Smart Campus and the Future of Sustainable Societies

Curious property owners and managers are noticing opportunities to save money by automating and analyzing their power usage. It’s no wonder why brilliant minds, at the helm of American universities, are taking notice. Now it’s time for their facilities management teams to wise up too.

In 2016, the sweeping popularity of remarkable Internet of Things (IoT) solutions allows universities to enhance their campus operations and savings opportunities. Last week we released a case study outlining the potential of these technologies within office buildings. What about the forgotten cousin of commercial real estate? Hundreds of university and college buildings across the country run their power 24 hours a day—a monumental waste of money and energy that increases the velocity of damage to utility equipment.

As this chapter of education closes for millions of bright-eyed students, a new one will soon emerge. Let’s work together to educate the educators themselves on how they might leave their mark on the next generation, and the planet, in the most sustainable way possible.

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