Dormitories are unique campus features. They are often occupied 24/7, with active residents looking to get an education—including in sustainability.
Many campuses house students in older buildings with old radiators and other equipment that only have “on/off” functionality. It can be boiling in a room in January, and occupants may feel like they have no other option than to open a window, even when the heat is on.
When a window is open during a heating season, the heating system tries harder to keep the space warm, causing someone else to open their window. Eventually, open windows become the norm.
60 dormitories that have undergone Greener Dorms work
2 million square feet of dormitory space in New England
58% annual thermal energy use reduction in Diman House at Brown University
75% reduction in open windows after behavior-change strategies at Brown
50% overall dorm energy reduction through Greener Dorms