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  • 1. OFFICE OF SUSTAINABILITY THE UNIVERSITY OF UTAHWorking for aGREENERFall 2009 - Spring 2010Sustainable CampusInitiative Fund ApprovedProjects Report Making a difference through sustainability
  • 2. Sustainable Campus Initiative Fund The Sustainable Campus Initiative Fund, also known as SCIF, oversees competitive grants for student projects focused on sustainability education and energy efficiency at the University of “The SCIF rain gardens around the Meldrum Civil Engineering Utah. SCIF’s mission is to provide funding for real-world projects that improve the University Building are truly examples of engineering education to of Utah’s environmental quality and make the campus more sustainable. practice. The development of these self sustaining landscapes was a challenge for the students, but the construction of the SCIF is rooted in student’s engagement with environmental issues. University of Utah gardens was an even better learning experience. The rain gardens with their real-time monitoring system become long students voted overwhelmingly in favor of the student driven campaign to pay $2.50 of their term experiments for generations of students and excellent tuition each semester into SCIF. This popular program gives every student the opportunity to examples of service learning at the University of Utah. The apply for a grant to plan and implement a sustainability project on campus. initiative of the students and the resources of the Sustainable Campus Initiative Fund made this project possible.” Since the program’s inception in January 2010, SCIF has funded 15 innovative projects Dr. Paul Tikalsky Professor and Chair, detailed in this report. Department of Civil and Environmental EngineeringCover printed on 25% post consumer recycled paper. Inside pages printed on 100% post consumer recycled paper.
  • 3. Table Of Contents Campus Gardens…………………………………. 02 Greening The Chemistry Lab……………………. 03 Green Tee Project……………………………....... 04 Sustainable Irrigation Practices…………………. 05 Lights Out………………………………………….. 06 Net Zero Exhibit…………………………………... 07 Campus Rain Garden……………………………. 08 Rio Mesa Orchard………………………………... 09 Sill Center Power Down……………………….…. 10 Social Justice Garden..……………………….….. 11 Social Work Energy Save…………………….….. 12 Sustainability Pledge………………………….….. 13 Sustainable Research Center……………….…... 14 Union Plaza Lighting Pilot Study………………... 15 Vending Machine Efficiency……………………... 16 1
  • 4. Campus Gardens Project Profile Greening The Chemistry Lab Project Profile “The campus gardens promote the possibilities “The benefi ts of this water saving project will of Urban Agriculture as a viable way of creating Local and fresh produce grown by Conserving water to run more be shared with the classes and will help to a sustainable future for an increasingly urbanized world.” -Alexandra Parvaz students for the University community. efficient chemistry labs. educate many future scientists about the options we have available to us to minimize our environmental impact.” -Holly Sebaher Project Overview Project Overview The campus gardens offer a wide variety of opportunities for students The goal of this project was to minimize the amount of water need- across campus to be involved in sustainable practices. The two lessly wasted in organic chemisty teaching laboratories. The lab gardens provide organic food and are working towards year-round replaced wasteful rotary evaporators that cooled vapor with coiled water harvesting. condensers to dry ice condensers. They also replaced the water aspirators with a vacuum pump. Location: Sill Center and Pioneer Garden Location: Henry Eyring Building, 85 Impact Impact Project Executives The campus gardens produce organic food that can be used in cam- By replacing the current rotary evaporators with the new rotary evap- New system Alexandra Parvaz, Graduate Student pus dining facilities, as well as sold at the University Farmers Market. orators equipped with dry ice condensers the lab will be saving nearly In Environmental Science, Project The campus gardens provide educational opportunities and foster a Executive 90,000 gallons of water every year. Over 500 students per semester Project Executives sense of community. will use this equipment. Elizabeth Wittenborn, Junior In Maia Taylor, Senior In Environmental Chemistry, Project Executive Studies, Project Executive Budget Budget Holly Sebahar, Assistant Professor Fred Montague, Biology Professor, $3,000 $9,000 In Chemistry, Project Advisor Project Advisor The money funded garden supplies such as compost bins, shovels The money funded rotary evaporators and vacuum pumps that were and seeds. more cost and energy efficient. Jen Colby, University Sustainability Coordinator, Project Advisor Community Partners DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY THE UNIVERSITY OF UTAH Community Partners Old system g astin er tor, w t ra spira ons of wa Old wate 00 gall ,0 ly 90 near ar e About SCIF per y New pump The Sustainable Campus Initiative Fund brings students’ sustainable ideas into fruition on the University of Utah campus. About SCIF The Sustainable Campus Initiative Fund brings students’ sustainable ideas into fruition on the University of Utah campus. www.sustainability.utah.edu/SCIF Approved Fall 2009 Approved Fall 2009 www.sustainability.utah.edu/SCIF 801-581-7510 801-581-75102 3
  • 5. Green Tee Project Profile Sustainable Irrigation Practices Project Profile “This project is a simple way to raise “Rain gardens are a sustainable way to funds and awareness in an Sell T-Shirts to spread environmental Experimental irrigation systems used on reduce run-off and provide a source of environmentally - friendly way.” -Nathan Nelson awareness on campus. campus to help conserve water and research irrigation water to replace the use of culinary sources for irrigation.” irrigation methods. -Dasch Houdeshel Project Overview This project will sell 100% organic and recycled t-shirts with friendly Project Overview reminders, symbols and messages on them to raise awareness. The This project will install three experimental irrigation systems t-shirts will be made by a local company and sold to the University to measure water and labor requirements. The project will community and Salt Lake City area. The project will also increase demonstrate the water and cost-saving potential for installing student involvement through a student t-shirt graphics competition. rain gardens. Three irrigation systems, traditional Native American Ollas, a modern drip system, and an innovative capilene drip Location: Campus-Wide system will be installed. Each system will have similar native vegetation planted. Project Executives Impact Location: Entrance to newly remodeled Meldrum Building, 61 Thomas Walsh, Environmental The Green Tees will help educate individuals to become more aware Engineering Graduate Student, Project Executives of how they might be able to make a difference in the environment. Project Executive Nathan Nelson, Freshman In Atmo- The product will be produced in a completely eco-friendly manner Impact Dasch Houdeshel, Engineering PhD spheric Sciences, Project Executive and will be self-sustained economically. The project goal is to If implemented campus-wide, Ollas could provide a means to reduce Candidate, Project Executive create a profit to benefit other sustainability projects and research materials and cost as well as labor costs and installation time as- Shirlayne Qualye, Director Of The on campus. sociated with installing rain gardens and xeri-scaping. Water-use Dr. Steve Burian, Professor Of Civil Sorenson Center, Project Advisor and maintenace efforts will also be reduced during the establishment And Environmental Engineering, phase of the gardens by elimination the traditional irrigation system. Project Advisor Budget Dr. Christine Pomeroy, Professor Of Community Partners $1,500 The money funded the organic t-shirts and labor involved in Budget Civil And Environmental Engineering, producing the green tees. $10,000 Project Advisor The money funded irrigation systems, rocks, vegetation, clean up, and landscaping. Community Partners THE PIERRE LASSONDE ENTREPRENEUR CENTER COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING THE UNIVERSITY OF UTAH THE UNIVERSITY OF UTAH Student working on the installation of the garden. Dasch Hou About SCIF Hobo soil m deshel instal ling a onitor. The Sustainable Campus Initiative Fund brings students’ sustainable ideas into fruition on the University of Utah campus. About SCIF The Sustainable Campus Initiative Fund brings students’ sustainable ideas into fruition on the University of Utah campus. www.sustainability.utah.edu/SCIF Approved Spring 2010 Approved Spring 2010 www.sustainability.utah.edu/SCIF 801-581-7510 801-581-75104 5
  • 6. Lights Out Project Profile Net Zero Exhibit Project Profile “The goal is to have participating students “At its heart, this is a community engagemant project.” Saving energy through teaching A traveling exhibition of how to retrofit a prepare and assemble an informative, -Carol Werner behavior change. building to be carbon neutral. traveling net zero exhibition that will be exhibited at sites on the University of Utah campus as well as other universities in Utah and beyond. ” Project Overview Project Overview -Joerg Ruegemer The purpose of this project is to actively engage university students The College of Architecture and Planning is retrofitting a 40-year in turning off classroom lights in empty rooms. Research Assistants old structure to be net zero. The project will realize cost benefit, monitored classrooms of students that had and had not been given a generate new knowledge and awareness about renewable energy, presentation about turning off lights to save energy. The research will and provide a living demonstration project for aging institutional determine the best way to deliver the lights out message. facilities. The project will also provide a living laboratory for students and faculty to experiment with and learn about sustainable technolo- Location: Orson Spensor Hall, Social Behavior Science Building gies first hand. The research will be gathered and presented as a and Social Work Building traveling exhibition. Location: College of Architecture and Planning Impact Project Executives Project Executives If all classrooms turn off lights for an additional 3 hours a day, the Joerg Ruegemer, Assistant Professor, Carol Werner, Professor In Psychology, Project Executive University will save over $120,000 per year in energy consumption. Impact Project Executive This project also aims to impact all students to keep lights off in The research from this project will be integrted into three major initia- And Advisor Brenda Scheer, Dean Of The College empty rooms. tives that will have significant impact on the College’s current use of Of Architecture and Planning, Project energy and its proposed net zero retrofit including: a commissioned Advisor Community Partners energy model of the building, a formal faculty study of the building, Budget and the construction of a PV solar array adjacent to the building. College of $3,300 SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE Funds paid for undergraduate research assistants to observe class- Community Partners THE UNIVERSITY OF UTAH rooms twice daily and enter the data for analyses, as well as, basic Budget supplies for presentations and signs. $6,000 The money funded materials, publishing and printing for the Net Zero exhibition. COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING THE UNIVERSITY OF UTAH About SCIF About SCIF The Sustainable Campus Initiative Fund brings students’ sustainable ideas The Sustainable Campus Initiative Fund brings students’ sustainable ideas into fruition on the University of Utah campus. into fruition on the University of Utah campus. www.sustainability.utah.edu/SCIF Approved Spring 2010 Approved Spring 2010 www.sustainability.utah.edu/SCIF 801-581-7510 801-581-75106 7
  • 7. Campus Rain Garden Project Profile Rio Mesa Orchard Project Profile “It’s designed to store rainwater, as opposed “This project will also serve an important to letting it go to the storm water conveyance Innovative irrigation system to be a catalyst Historic orchard will be revitalized by education function and work to further the ties system. It’s allowing it to infi ltrate, be stored, and then used by the plants and recharges the for future ground management projects. student volunteers. between the urban Salt Lake City campus and it’s rural fi eld station.” ground water.” -Thomas Walsh -Ross Chambless Project Overview Project Overview Students designed and constructed a bio-retention garden featuring Over the next year the project team will evaluate and replant the old drought-resistant, native plant species, which will pool rain water, orchard at the Rio Mesa Center. In addition to preparing the site for store it underground and re-channel it for better use to help alleviate replanting, the Rio Mesa Project aims to preserve local biodiversity, the burden of the University’s current irrigation system. conduct ecosystem and carbon research, as well as, educational outreach and humanities research. For more information about Rio Location: North of the Ray Olpin Student Union Mesa Center visit their website at http://www.riomesa.utah.edu/ Impact Location: Northeast of Moab, University of Utah Rio Mesa Center It will help the University get one step closer to its water neutrality Project Executives goal. This projects success will demonstrate a way to utilize the Impact Thomas Walsh, Environmental natural slope of the campus combined with rainwater to lessen the Regenerating the old orchard will help establish a living laboratory Project Executives Engineering Graduate Student, need for water-intensive vegetation in the future. The rain garden where future students can study sustainable food productions, Ross Chambless, Graduate Student Project Executive also provides an aesthetically pleasing look to campus and is a orchard ecology, and the intrinsic values of trees in general. In Environmental Humanities visible example of green projects brought to fruition on campus. Dasch Houdeshel, Engineering PhD Dr. Sylvia Torti, Rio Mesa Center Candidate, Project Executive Budget Budget Station Director, Project Advisor $13,500 $2,800 Dr. Steve Burian, Professor Of Civil This money funded the labor and personnel who assisted in building The majority of the funding went to fund roughly twenty trees. Other And Environmental Engineering, Project Advisor the garden. Funds were also used to purchase the vegetation for the costs included website costs and transportation to plant trees. garden, as well as, maintenance and outreach. Community Partners Dr. Christine Pomeroy, Professor Of Civil And Environmental Engineering, RIO MESA CENTER Project Advisor THE UNIVERSITY OF UTAH Community Partners ing wast ter ator, a ter aspir llons of w O ld wa 0,000 ga ly 9 near ar e per y About SCIF About SCIF The Sustainable Campus Initiative Fund brings students’ sustainable ideas The Sustainable Campus Initiative Fund brings students’ sustainable ideas into fruition on the University of Utah campus. into fruition on the University of Utah campus. www.sustainability.utah.edu/SCIF Approved Fall 2009 Approved Fall 2009 www.sustainability.utah.edu/SCIF 801-581-7510 801-581-75108 9
  • 8. Sill Center Power Down Project Profile Social Justice Garden Project Profile “It is commonly known that there are much more “Working with Mountain View Elementary in efficient and cooler bulbs that can achieve the Saving energy by installing ambient and A partnership between Social Justice a collaborative effort of elementary classes, same wattage.” -Drew Thompson occupancy lighting sensors. and Sustainability faculty, families and university students are given the opportunity to help teach earth and gardening science, build and maintain a community garden with a diverse population Project Overview Project Overview of refugee and immigrant families and gain This project will reduce the Sill Center’s electrical power needs, The Social Justice Garden is a Lowell Bennion Center student di- leadership opportunities through sustainabil- while making the users of the building more aware of their energy rected program focused upon environmental justice and education. ity projects and workshops for families and The garden aims to educate and focus on food insecurity and envi- elementary students.” consumption. The Sill Center Power Down will provide greater -Ashley Edgette awareness of how electricity can be reduced, made more efficient or ronmentally sustainable food networks. Fifteen families, classrooms eliminated entirely. The lighting in the building’s conference room will and after school program are supported by the food produced at the install a light sensor to adjust the lighting based on the natural light garden. Over 100 University of Utah students have volunteered at that is available. the Social Justice Garden. Location: Sterling Sill Center Location: Mountain View Elementary School Project Executives Impact Drew Thompson, Undergraduate, Impact Water conservation is a main focus of the garden, the school and the Project Executive The conference room that hosts approximately 200 meetings a year community. The garden uses 50% less water than the sod that previ- will turn from artifically generated light to natural light. ously existed. Waste from school lunch is reduced through compost- Mark St. Andre, Assistant Dean ing food material for the garden. Fresh produce from the garden is Of Undergraduate Studies, also being used in school lunch, which reduces the energy used in Project Advisor Budget Project Executives transporting food. Ashley Edgette, Undergraduate $10,000 The money funded motion and ambient lighting sensors as well as Project Executive switches to turn off lights when not in use. Budget Matt Bradley, PhD, Honors College $1,000 Professor, Project Advisor The money funded materials, such as seeds and shovels for the gardens Community Partners These hallway lights have been on for 14 years straight. This project will turn them off. About SCIF The Sustainable Campus Initiative Fund brings students’ sustainable ideas About SCIF into fruition on the University of Utah campus. The Sustainable Campus Initiative Fund brings students’ sustainable ideas into fruition on the University of Utah campus. www.sustainability.utah.edu/SCIF Approved Spring 2010 Approved Spring 2010 www.sustainability.utah.edu/SCIF 801-581-7510 801-581-751010 11
  • 9. Social Work Energy Save Project Profile Sustainability Pledge Project Profile “This project will reduce the lighting and “I pledge to make the University of Utah energy load of the building and has an Saving energy with lighting control upgrades. Students commit to engage in sustainable and the world better for myself and future ROI of 7 years.” generations by living more sustainably. In -Angel Moreno, behavior changes. my daily actions I will strive to support envi- University Energy Manager ronmental integrity, social justice, and sustainable economic prosperity.” Project Overview Project Overview -Beginning of Pledge This project will reduce the lighting load in the College of Social Work. This project will design a Sustainability Plede to encourage students The project aims to improve lighting efficiency, address the to develop environmentally conscious habits through committing tendency for classroom lights to left on when not needed, and them to action while giving an incentive gift for those actions. The to take advantage of natural daylight when possible. This will pledge will include five commitments, each pertaining to either elec- be accomplished by replacing inefficient light bulbs, installing tricity usage, commuting, water usage, water reduction, and food occupancy and daylight censors. consumption. The pledge will be distributed through numerous avenues, such as tabling, an opening event, partnering with student Location: Social Work Building groups and departments on campus, as well as Facebook. Location: Ray Olpin Student Union Building Project Executives Impact Natalie Leci, Graduate Assistant In The annual energy use will be reduced by 17,315kWh. College of Social Work, Project Impact Executive The sustainability pledge will influence students’ action on and off Budget campus, though it will be challenging to measure specific impact. Matt Harting, Operations Manager $6,000 Project Executives College Of Social Work, Project The money will fund retrofitting lighting fixtures, as well Ross Chambless, Communications Advisor as cost and installation of control censors. Budget Intern, Office Of Sustainability, $2,500 Project Executive The funding will be used to create an online pledge and for marketing and outreach materials. Ashley Patterson, Outreach Community Partners Coordinator, Office Of Sustainability, Project Advisor About SCIF The Sustainable Campus Initiative Fund brings students’ sustainable ideas into fruition on the University of Utah campus. About SCIF The Sustainable Campus Initiative Fund brings students’ sustainable ideas into fruition on the University of Utah campus. www.sustainability.utah.edu/SCIF Approved Fall 2010 Approved Spring 2010 www.sustainability.utah.edu/SCIF 801-581-7510 801-581-751012 13
  • 10. Sustainable Research Center Project Profile Union Plaza Lighting Pilot Study Project Profile “Kennecott is similar to many buildings on “This project will allow a contained area to be campus having been built before energy Students will test various technologies to Installing cutting-edge lighting technology illuminated by the induction lamps as a very saving technologies were available.” -Kevin Smith determine efficient retrofitting techniques for in the Union Plaza. good lighting test area.” -Julie Henry future campus renovation projects. Project Overview The project will replace numerous lamp posts in the Union Plaza Project Overview with more efficient induction lamps that will help save energy and This project will install an energy monitoring system in the new money. The proposed light will use a estimated 70% less energy Sustainability Research Center space in the Kennecott building. and last 4 to 7 times longer, which will reduce maintenance and This project will allow for the facility to have a working lab that restocking costs. will help examine ways to reduce its energy use and to develop strategies to reduce energy in University of Utah buildings being Location: Union Plaza considered for remodel. Location: Kennecott Building Impact Project Executives Implementation of this project will reduce carbon emissions by Kevin Smith, Graduate Student In 7,423 pounds per year and save 7,847 kWh per year. The Mechanical Engineering, Project estimated maintenance cost savings will be $1,120 per year. Project Executives Advisor. Impact Julie Henry, Freshman Student In By making energy saving changes to the Kennecott building Architecture, Project Executive Chris Workman, Graduate Student the facility will potentially save 80% of its current energy usage. Budget In Mechanical Engineering, Angel Moreno, Energy Manager, $2,400 Project Executive Plant Operations, Project Advisor The money funded a pilot program of the proposed energy efficient, Budget Denis Balic, Graduate Student In dark sky compliant fixtures to be monitored before implementing the $6,000 Mechanical Engineering, Project fixtures campus-wide. The money funded various meters and a computer to measure Executive and display energy usage. Phil Jankovich, Graduate Student In Mechanical Engineering, Project Executive Dr. Kent Udell, Professor And Director Of Sustainability Research Center, Project Advisor Photo showing where the air duct metering will be installed. These are the fixtures that will be replaced. About SCIF The Sustainable Campus Initiative Fund brings students’ sustainable ideas into fruition on the University of Utah campus. About SCIF The Sustainable Campus Initiative Fund brings students’ sustainable ideas into fruition on the University of Utah campus. www.sustainability.utah.edu/SCIF Approved Fall 2009 Approved Fall 2009 www.sustainability.utah.edu/SCIF 801-581-7510 801-581-751014 15
  • 11. Vending Machine Efficiency Project Profile “Good for the environment, good for you! Savings for your business.” Device implemented to reduce energy -Coca~Cola compsumption of vending machines on campus. Project Overview Thank you to all of our Allocation Committee Members The project attaches Energy Management System (EMS-55) to vending machines on upper and lower campus to reduce the amount Cheryl Henson, Office Supervisor, Support Services of energy used. The device lowers the temperature and lights in Cory Higgins, Director, Plant Operations the vending machine during hours when buildings are closed. The project will test the impact of the energy savings on thirty vending Heidi Camp, Assistant Dean, College of Humanities machines before implementing them throughout campus. Julie Harper, Undergraduate Student, Environmental Studies Project Executives Justin Reuter, Graduate Student, Educational Leadership and Policy Travis Horlacher, Senior In Location: Campus-wide Environmental Studies And Lindsay Williams, Undergraduate Student, International Studies Political Science, Project Executive Mark St. Andre, Assistand Dean, Undergraduate Studies Impact Dave Burt, Senior In Maziar Nourian, Undergraduate Student, Pre-Medicine On average, each vending machine operating with the EMS-55 Environmental Studies, Project attached will reduce the energy consumption of the vending Norah Olley, Undergraduate Student, Environmental Studies Executive machine by 35%. Robert Young, Professor, College of Architecture Joshua James, Facilities Management, Tami Beck, Undergraduate Student, Architecture, ASUU Senate Chair Recycling Coordinator, Project Advisor Budget Tim Harrison, Graduate Student, Masters of Public Administration $2,250 The money funded thirty EMS-55 to be installed on upper Community Partners and lower campus. Staff Myron Willson, Director, Office of Sustainability Whitney Williams, SCIF Coordinator, Office of Sustainability Office of Sustainability 1901 E. South Campus Dr. Annex Wing D, Room 1024 Salt Lake City, UT 84112 www.sustainability.utah.edu/SCIF About SCIF The Sustainable Campus Initiative Fund brings students’ sustainable ideas into fruition on the University of Utah campus. www.sustainability.utah.edu/SCIF Approved Fall 2009 Thank you to Lindsay Williams and the Office of Sustainability for making this report possible. 801-581-751016
  • 12. Cover printed on 25% post consumer recycled paper. Inside pages printed on 100% post consumer recycled paper.