How it works

Host a 3 week competition at your organization

CCN uses a competition season model in which participating organizations sign up for the program in the fall and then hold three-week competitions on their campuses anytime during the program’s three-month competition season each spring.

Most participating organizations host an individual competition in which buildings on their own campus compete against each other to achieve the highest percent reduction in electricity and/or water use during the competition period (in comparison to a baseline period chosen by the organization's competition organizing team). 

Some organizations also participate in a group competition in which they compete against other organizations in their region, state, or peer group to achieve the highest campus-wide reduction in electricity and/or water consumption.

 

Steps to Success in CCN 2017

1. Form a team & plan like a champion

The most successful programs have a dedicated team of building occupants and staff that collaborates to plan and execute the competition. The competition organizing team at participating organizations uses the Plan Your Competition section of the CCN website, which includes the CCN planning checklist and resources (training webinar seriesguides, templates, sample posters, and more), to get support from campus stakeholders, design their competition, and put together plans for collecting building electricity and/or water use data, publicizing their competition, and motivating students and staff in participating buildings to reduce their use during the competition.

2. Set up your competition to BuildingOS

Each building (or group of buildings) participating in your competition will need to have at least one meter with interval data. When you already have your buildings and meters created, setting up a competition is easy. The CCN Data Collection & BuildingOS Guide walks you through this process step-by-step.

3. Collect electricity/water meter data & enter into BuildingOS

There are several ways to do this outlined in the CCN Data Collection & BuildingOS Guide. If you already have your integrations set up and data in BuildingOS, you're all set! If you'll be entering manual data, keep in mind you can use the BuildingOS mobile site to enter meter readings into BuildingOS directly from your smartphone.

4. Implement marketing & behavior change plan

An effective competition incentivizes students to change their behavior, but shifting behavior is not always intuitive. A number of psychological 'tools' like public commitments, prompts, and social norms are surprisingly effective at promoting environmentally-friendly behavior. Our extensive CCN Marketing & Behavior Change Guide helps you understand and utilize these methods.

The key component of your marketing and behavior change plan will be Lucid’s Storyboard, a customized website that allows participants to track competition standings, analyze performance, and share tips for conservation. Each organization will have its own Storyboard that displays the progress of their competition.

5. Compete to reduce

Participants compete to reduce their electricity use!