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"Campus Metabolism" at Arizona State University Offers Unique View into Sustainable Practices

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"Campus Metabolism" at Arizona State University Offers Unique View into Sustainable Practices

Arizona State University's (ASU) interactive Campus Metabolism (CM) website offers a unique inside view into the university's commitment to sustainability initiatives, including its focus on the value of alternative energy resources and conservation. Beginning in 2004 and in partnership with Arizona Public Service's Energy Services (APSES) group, the university installed utility-grade instrumentation to accurately monitor energy usage of its residential and educational buildings on campus. From the gathering of this data, ASU's Energy Information System (EIS) was created. Drawing on comprehensive data from ASU's Energy Information System (EIS), Campus Metabolism brings a wealth of valuable information to students, researchers and the public. It also supports the initiatives of ASU's Global Institute for Sustainability. CM currently covers initiatives at the university's Tempe campus but will expand, along with the EIS system, to include ASU's three other campuses in the Phoenix metropolitan area. The EIS system draws on technology from Kepware Technologies for OPC servers and Modbus drivers as well as Control Microsystems' SCADAPack. The KEPServerEX 5.0 provides a platform for capturing data from the field while Control Microsystems provides PLCs located throughout the campus to pull and translate data. EIS is a secure, Internet-based application that incorporates a user friendly…

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