Green Schools Alliance and Lucid Partner to Host 2013 Green Cup Challenge

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Hundreds of K-12 schools across North America compete to reduce electricity and save money

Green Cup Challenge

Green Cup Challenge

We are really demonstrating that students and staff can take an active role in energy efficiency in their schools, and that the collective action adds up to substantive results.” Katy Perry, director of the Green Cup Challenge

Lucid, the market leader in building energy monitoring and display technology, in partnership with the Green Schools Alliance, is proud to announce the launch of the 2013 Green Cup Energy Challenge -- the largest nationwide electricity use reduction competition among K-12 schools. Kicking off January 16th and lasting until February 13th, students from 120 schools across the U.S. will compete to reduce energy consumption in their schools.

Lucid has made its new upcoming platform, BuildingOS®, and Building Dashboard® available to all competing schools during the competition. Participants will be able to track and record their energy consumption, share winning strategies, and view standings among the leading schools and buildings.

The Green Cup Energy Challenge benefits from Lucid’s expertise in leading the successful Campus Conservation Nationals (CCN), an annual competition among colleges and universities. In 2012 CCN touched over 208,000 students who collectively reduced 1.7 megawatt-hours of electricity and saved $158,000 over the course of the three-week competition.

“Green Cup Challenge is reaching more schools than ever, and through our partnership with Lucid we are able to provide tools to participating schools to engage them with energy information in really interesting ways,” said Katy Perry, director of the Green Cup Challenge. “It’s exciting because we are really demonstrating that students and staff can take an active role in energy efficiency in their schools, and that the collective action adds up to substantive results.”

The national Green Cup Challenge, now in its sixth year, is designed to raise awareness about energy conservation and provide concrete action towards reduction. "You can't manage what you don't measure,” says Peg Watson, GSA's founder and president. “The GCC teaches students that they have the power to save energy in their schools, and that their actions can translate into positive change in the world.”

In last year's national Green Cup Challenge, students from 116 schools in 22 states collectively saved over 1 million kilowatt-hours of electricity and prevented over 1.5 million pounds of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere in just four weeks.

The Green Cup Challenge is designed to teach the future generation responsible conservation behavior that will last a lifetime, while fostering a culture of conservation within school communities.

About Lucid
Founded in 2004, Lucid is a privately held software company and a pioneer in providing real-time information feedback to teach, inspire behavior change, and save energy and water resources in buildings. Lucid’s Building Dashboard makes resource use visible, accessible, and engaging so that building occupants have the data visualization and communication tools to manage and reduce their consumption. Lucid’s new BuildingOS, a platform for managing energy and water resources in commercial buildings and across real estate portfolios, will be available to the public in 2013.

Visit http://www.luciddesigngroup.com, or follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, or Twitter.

About the Green Schools Alliance
The Green Schools Alliance (GSA), launched in late 2007, is a national non-profit organization uniting schools around the world to address 21st century environmental and climate challenges. Through its nearly 3,000 public, private and independent K-12 school members and chapters, GSA is reaching more than 2 million students in 40 U.S. states and 11 countries. Driven by the concept that schools can change the world, GSA members and chapters work together to set and meet their environmental goals through education, leadership and the exchange of best practices. Uniquely created by schools and for schools, the GSA is working on the local, state, and national levels to raise environmental awareness and empower students, faculty and staff to take concrete action and make sustainable choices that can have a global impact.

Visit http://www.greenschoolsalliance.org, or follow us on Twitter.

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