UI Sustainability Resource Compilation Project
$1,174.70; Melissa Firor, Tess Studley
Originally aimed at aiding students in the planning of future campus sustainability projects and educating themselves on environmental topics, this project aimed to build a collection of sustainability-focused magazines, books, films and online sources. Although the library of these collected materials was never completed, a feasibility study was conducted to outline how to develop, organize and catalog the library.
Current Status: Unfinished.
Reducing Campus Waste: One Freshman at a Time
$4,600.00; Jacob Dolence, Student Organization for People and the Environment (SOPE)
In order to address waste reduction on campus, SOPE distributed 500 16-oz reusable stainless steel travel mugs during Fall 2007 Orientation, one Core Discovery class, the CNR 101 class, and a random sample of other student coffee drinkers. In addition, though collaboration with a 400-level statistical analysis class, a pre- and post-survey were administered to students who received mugs in order to analyze their beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors towards sustainability as well as personal contributions to a solution of a waste-free campus.
Current Status: UISC gives away sustainable water bottles, bags and more at Freshman Orientation each year.
Sustainability Conference and Design Charette
$4,657.00; Jens Carlson
This grant developed as an opportunity to turn the four UISC office rooms in Shoup Hall into a demonstration of a green office space through a design charrette. Jens Carlson, supported by the College of Art and Architecture, created and co-hosted this design charrette with world-renowned sustainable design guru, Sim Van der Ryn, who gave an evening keynote speech following the charrette. More than 50 Art and Architecture students attended the event and had the chance to create sustainable plans and designs for the UISC office space make-over; the winning team’s design was used and implemented over time by the UISC.
Current Status: Although this was a very interesting project, the designs submitted by the Architecture teams were too expensive to implement. In addition, some of the submissions overlooked basic rules enforced by Facilities (fire egress, etc.). Currently, The UISC offices have now moved downstairs to Shoup Hall 105 and sustainable furnishings were purchased.
Rainwater Harvest Demonstration Garden
$10,000.00; Robert Farnsworth
Farnsworth’s grant demonstrated how rainwater could be harvested from the roof of the historic Art & Architecture building and provide the sole water source for a sustainable and educational garden of native plants. Funds went towards designing a system to store and reuse water, water-wise landscaping and the removal of senescent arborvitae trees on the building’s east side. In addition to reducing water, this project also showcased a practical and effective water conservation innovation for the UI community.
Current Status: Complete. The garden in front of the Art and Architecture Building is the rainwater harvest garden.
Road Map for Wind-Powered Electric Vehicles with Disabilities Services
$1,540.00; Erik Luvaas, Kyel Harbacheck, Justin Saydell
This project’s intentions were to determine the feasibility of implementing a project to harness wind energy on campus and convert it to electricity to power a fleet of electric vehicles (specifically to be used by UI staff, faculty and students with disabilities), thereby reducing the UI’s carbon footprint. Working with the various entities on campus, performing extensive background research, and understanding the resources and needs on campus made the electric vehicle project very feasible. However, creating a prototype vehicle through the Senior Design Project of the Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Department was too large a scope for student ability; this project is available to be continued and expanded.
Current Status: Unfinished. Only the feasibility study was completed. In addition, all the group members graduated and noted in their final report that the scope of the project was too big and needed to be scaled down; “we learned that it will be more fiscally feasible to buy an electric vehicle than to have students modify one.”
Our Green Campus Interactive Website
$6,674.00; Jed Kleppen, Ben Cote, Francisco Martinez, Jennifer Mano, Michael Holland
Just how “green” is our campus? A team of students with majors ranging from digital media production to mechanical engineering decided to find out by creating an interactive website that functioned as a learning environment of “green zones” and projects across the UI campus. By interviewing students, staff, and faculty, using green screen technology as well as cutting edge video editing software, the team created 30-second clips of each zone and environmentally “clean” projects, like the UI arboretum and steam plant. Incorporating Google-Earth imaging and a user-friendly, interactive interface, the “Our Green Campus” website was launched.
Current Status: The website was taken down after the students responsible for the grant graduated.
Reducing Consumption and Saving Money at the UI Computer Labs
$3,415.00; Justin Saydell, Kimberley Higgs
With students printing more than 3,000,000 pages of reports, homework assignments and more per year at the UI, both the environmental and financial costs are of great concern. In collaboration with ITS, this project encouraged students using campus computer labs how to save paper by printing double-sided and putting more on each page. This included placing print and digital information in 19 student computer labs across campus in the forms of posters, custom mouse pads (750!), as well as a desktop icon with step-by-step instructions. Not only will this project decrease paper usage and printing costs, it will also encourage sustainable lifestyles to reduce waste.
Current status: Complete. The mouse pads are still in use but some may need to be replaced. In addition, in order to reduce paper waste, ASUI is working with ITS to implement a system that will make all computer lab printers automatically print double sided.