By: Ben Anderson
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.
Working with Moon, Burdick also has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Brita Products Co. through the company’s Filter For Good Eco-Challenge Program, as well as a grant from the Climate Action Fund of WWC President Sandy Pfeiffer. Burdick, Moon and Warren Wilson students Cammie Taylor and Wes Roberts will be working to implement the real-time energy monitoring system as quickly as possible.
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.