Student-Led Sustainability Projects Supported by Sustainability Center
December 13, 2019
MOSCOW, Idaho — Dec. 13, 2019 — Six student-led projects focusing on improving campus sustainability received funding from the University of Idaho Sustainability Center.
The program, in its 13th year, gave $10,478 to help students engage in strengthening campus sustainability and support a shift to carbon neutrality on campus. Students in the program also develop grant writing, project management and leadership skills.
Sustainability Center Grants recipients for 2019-20 include:
Greek Smart Energy Competition: Cameron Weller, a senior from Scottsdale, Arizona, majoring in geography, was awarded $2,300 to organize a competition between five Greek houses to encourage them to reduce their energy usage. According to Weller, “The Greek Sustainability Council hopes to bring awareness to energy use on campus and a sense of agency to changing consumptive behaviors, mainly through something we all enjoy — competition.”
Hydroponics Green Wall: Madigan Hawkins, from Olympia, Washington, and Celine Knudsen, from Moscow, are both seniors majoring in plant sciences. They and their team, The Hydroponics Club, were awarded $2,177 to build a hydroponics green wall to grow fresh herbs and greens to sell to students on campus. Hawkins and Knudsen said they “believe that building a hydroponic green wall to showcase the art of growing plants without soil will inspire the campus community to learn more about sustainable agriculture, join the conversation about local food production and enjoy delicious herbs and greens grown right here on campus.”
Menard Law Building Occupancy Light Sensors: Riley Newton, a third-year law student from Twin Falls, was awarded $2,590 to install occupancy sensor lights on the first floor of the Law Library. These lights have the potential to save more than $750 per year in electricity costs. Newton said the project “began with the premise that to reduce energy consumption, one should begin by examining what steps can be taken where we live and work.”
Plant Paradise Path: Sophie Morosky, a senior in civil and environmental engineering from Eugene, Oregon, along with her team, The Humanitarian Engineering Corps, was awarded $478 to plant 100 native trees and shrubs along Paradise Path near the soccer fields on campus. These native plants will decrease water usage, reduce soil erosion, sequester carbon dioxide and beautify the Moscow campus.
Sensor Water Faucets: Sierra Brantz, a junior double majoring in International Studies and Environmental Science from Osburn, was awarded $2,220 to install sensor water faucets in the first floor bathrooms of the Teaching and Learning Center. This is a pilot study to determine the water savings these faucets provide to campus. Brantz said the mission of her project is to “conserve water on campus as well as improve our public health through installing sensor faucets, collecting data on water usage and creating a report of our findings compared to the non-sensor faucets.”
Solar Collector Refurbish: Addie White, a junior in biological engineering from Boise, and her team, The Vandal Clean Energy Club, was awarded $713 to refurbish a solar collector that was donated to the club. This solar collector will be used to heat water needed for refining the biodiesel they produce to provide a clean fuel source for campus vehicles.
A student-led organization, the Sustainability Center supports efforts to create an active culture of sustainability and is committed to developing and maintaining healthful, educational living environments while fully integrating sustainable practices at U of I. More information about campus sustainability efforts is available by contacting the Sustainability Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or uidaho.edu/sustainability.
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