October 11, 2010

Maryland rolls out exhibit promoting energy reduction

An energy-saving interactive mobile information station designed by students at the Maryland Institute College of Art and promoted by the Maryland Energy Administration will pay a visit to the East Baltimore campus from Monday, Oct. 18, through Friday, Oct. 29, as part of a statewide eight-college tour. It will be located at the Broadway Research Building for the first week and then moved to the School of Public Health’s Wolfe Street building.

The EmPower Maryland: You Owe It to Yourself campaign—whose installation here coordinates with the university’s Green Your Routine week on both the Homewood and East Baltimore campuses—is designed to educate and inspire Marylanders to reduce energy consumption statewide by 15 percent by 2015, and to live more sustainable lives.

The station shows users how to save money and reduce power consumption with simple behavior changes. The 10-foot-square translucent box—made with eco-resin, an eco-friendly recycled material—allows users to interact with the exhibit and calculate a number that will represent their personal savings from energy-efficient behaviors by 2015.