ECHO Launches Lake Brite data visualization project, Dec 29

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ECHO Launches Lake Brite data visualization project

On Tuesday, Dec. 29, at 4 p.m., ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, will hit the switch, bringing its Lake Brite data visualization project to light on the Burlington Waterfront.

More than 7,500 LED lights, in a 12-feet by 12-feet by 6-feet cube, are individually programmed to create this visual interpretation of Lake Champlain data, including temperature, animal life, and more. The project thrives on community partnerships and looks to connect everyone around the common cause of Lake Champlain’s health.

Located in ECHO’s massive windows at 1 College St., Lake Brite will allow science center guests and passersby alike the opportunity to learn and participate.

Meet Lake Brite with this video.

ECHO has created this beautiful tool to engage the public in lake and environmental stewardship with support from Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and funding from Google.

Led by project manager Rachel Hooper, Lake Brite has transformed ECHO’s facade using cutting-edge technology and an artistic approach.

“We are very excited to launch Lake Brite. It is truly a unique platform that demonstrates the culture of innovation here in Vermont,” said Hooper.

Google Analytics Evangelist Justin Cutroni added, “We're excited to support ECHO and the Leahy Center in their continuing stewardship of Lake Champlain. We think Lake Brite, and the visualization of Lake Champlain data, is a fantastic way to engage and excite the public. This is a unique way of using data to get people involved."

Speakers will include Leahy, Cutroni, ECHO Executive Director Phelan Fretz, and Nancy Matthews, Dean of the University of Vermont Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources.

Please join ECHO, Sen. Patrick Leahy, and Google on Dec. 29 to celebrate the launch of this amazing project. RSVP to Jessie Forand, ECHO communications coordinator, at


Tuesday, December 29, 2015 - 4:00am