Wake Tech’s Environmental Commitment Goes Mobile
JouleBug Mobile App Will Keep Focus on Sustainability
RALEIGH, N.C. (April 22, 2013) - Wake Tech Community College marked Earth Day 2013 with a new tool designed to put environmental responsibility in the palm of every hand. The college is launching a new partnership today with JouleBug, a free mobile app created in Raleigh that gives users incentives and rewards for making sustainable choices. Wake Tech’s 66,000+ students, faculty, and staff will be able to use JouleBug to save money, conserve energy, and reduce waste – all while helping Wake Tech meet its ambitious climate action commitment.
“Sustainability is a serious commitment at Wake Tech, on Earth Day and every day of the year,” says Wake Tech President Dr. Stephen Scott. “As signers of the American College and University Presidents Climate Compact, we have an ultimate goal of being carbon neutral by 2050. To get there will require engagement and involvement from every member of our campus community. That’s why this new app is so exciting.”
Today’s announcement was made on a the unique, “green” roof of Building E, one of many sustainable features at Wake Tech’s award-winning, environmentally-friendly Northern Wake Campus. (It is the first college or university campus in the country to have all buildings LEED certified by the U.S. Green Building Council.)
Students, faculty, and staff on all Wake Tech campuses can use JouleBug to earn points and badges for conserving water, recycling, installing energy-efficiency light bulbs, or other sustainable behaviors on campus, at home, and at work. Wake Tech’s custom JouleBug badge will guide users toward actions connected to the college’s Climate Action Plan, like carpooling or taking public transportation, recycling on campus, and saving energy by shutting down computer equipment. Users can share activities and achievements (and compete for green bragging rights) with friends on Facebook and Twitter. Soon, they will be able to win real prizes, as Wake Tech plans to use JouleBug to run student competitions and offer rewards.
Special emphasis will be placed on transportation, according to Butch Grove, Wake Tech’s Associate Vice President of Creativity, Sustainability, and College Improvement. “A greenhouse gas inventory found that 75% of our emissions come from transportation,” Grove says, “so we will use JouleBug to teach students how to reduce the environmental (and financial) impact of their commute. We will also use the app to provide them with incentives for putting sustainability into practice in their lives.”
“Wake Tech is a great partner for JouleBug”, said Grant Williard, the company’s founder and president. “The college is dedicated not only to meeting its own climate commitment but also to building a more sustainable future for Wake County and the state as a whole. We’re happy to be helping the college on both counts.”
Sustainability is an integral part of Wake Tech facilities and operations as well as its instructional programs, incorporated throughout the curriculum and offered as short-term training in a variety of areas.
The college’s Public Safety Education Campus is home to a solar array, which provides power to Progress Energy, and two other campuses offer electric vehicle-charging stations.