By Nick Gilbert
The winning projects of the Green Campus Challenge- Energy Efficiency in Higher Education will be announced on July 5, 2012. The Green Campus Challenge that has been conducted nationwide focuses on contributing towards the usage of energy efficiency measures in university campuses in Portugal. About 81 teams from all over the country have taken up this challenge.
A total of 320 participants from 49 higher education academic institutions participated in the Green Campus Challenge to initiate the development of energy efficiency plans for various educational institutions. These participants include technical staff, faculty and students. From north to south of Portugal a total of 30 projects were received. These projects considered 22 buildings of 17 academic organizations.
From the 320 participants, only 12 finalists were selected by a panel of experts. These 12 finalists are currently competing for the final prizes. 1,9 TWh/year would be saved if all the 12 projects were to be implemented instantly.
Towards the end of this challenge, the best behavioral measures and the best technical measures will be awarded with € 1,500 each. The top three projects will receive a cash award of € 6,000, € 3,000 and € 1,500, respectively.
Instituto Superior Técnico launched the Green Campus initiative in 2011 along with INTELI - Intelligence in Innovation and Selfenergy. The Green Campus initiative was supported by Program MIT Portugal. The ERSE through the Plan for Promoting Efficiency in Consumption (PPEC) provided funds for this initiative.