Successfully reported this slideshow.
We use your LinkedIn profile and activity data to personalize ads and to show you more relevant ads. You can change your ad preferences anytime.

Vesela veleva2015masccc

290 views

Published on

Presentation at the 5th Massachusetts Sustainable Communities and 4th Sustainable Campuses Conference

Published in: Environment
  • Be the first to comment

  • Be the first to like this

Vesela veleva2015masccc

  1. 1. _________________________________________________________________ Faculty Research on Campus and Community Sustainability Vesela Veleva, Sc.D. 5th MA Sustainable Communities/4th MA Sustainable Campuses Conference Devens, MA, April 16, 2015
  2. 2. Overview  UMass Boston Sustainability Initiatives  SERC – mission and activities  Engaging students in sustainability research  MGT481 class projects  Lessons learned and future work
  3. 3. STUDENT SUSTAINABILITY ENGAGEMENT AT UMASS BOSTON: A COMMUTER CAMPUS, BOSTON’S ONLY PUBLIC UNIVERSITY • STUDENTS INITIATIVES & STUDENT GOVERNANCE IN SUSTAINABILITY E.G. ACUPCC SIGNATORY, CREATING SUSTAINABILITY CLUB, OPTIONAL STUDENT RENEWABLE ENERGY FEE, BOTTLED WATER RESOLUTIONS AND HYDRATION STATIONS, KEY RECYCLING INITIATIVE, FOOD RECOVERY INITIATIVES THROUGH U-ACCESS CAMPUS PANTRY AND CAMPUS KITCHEN INTERNS, CREATION OF GREEN GAMIFICATION WEBSITES EG www. juniperks.com, VENTURE DEVELOPMENT CENTER PROJECTS ETC. • FACULTY ACADEMIC CAPSTONE PROJECTS & INTERNSHIPS: SUSTAINABILITY FOOD, RENEWABLE ENERGY, RECYCLING, COMPOSTING, ENERGY PROJECTS, TRANSIT, E-WASTE, SERC INTERNSHIPS, GREEN HARBORS, NANTUCKET SEMESTER IMMERSION, COLLABORATIONS WITH THE NEW ENGLAND AQUARIUM • SUSTAINABILITY OFFICE “ UMBe Green” INTERNSHIPS VARIETY OF CAMPUS GREENING INITIATIVES BOTH OPERATIONS, RESEARCH AND ENGAGEMENT • ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES AND CAMPUS UNITS COLLABORATING WITH STUDENT PROJECTS AND INTERNSHIPS: SUSTAINABILITY EG: FOOD/CAMPUS SERVICES, FACILITIES, PLANNING, PARKING & TRANSPORTATION, BOOKSTORE, MARINE OPS. AND STUDENT REPRESENTATION ON CAMPUS ENERGY/SUSTAINABILITY COMMITTEES, STUDENT AFFAIRS, STUDY ABROAD AND SERVICE LEARNING INTERNSHIPS IN ORGNANIC FARMING AND MORE. • ENGAGEMENT WITH WITHIN CAMPUS, CAMPUS CHAPTERS OF ENVIRONMENTAL OR SUSTAINABILITY-THEMED GROUPS NET IMPACT, ENACTUS, CHAPTERS OF MASSPIRG, SIGMA GAMMA EPSILON, CAMPUS KITCHENS, HONORS, GOLDEN KEY. • COLLABORATION OUTSIDE CAMPUS OR COMMUNITY SERVICE GREEN PROJECTS CREATING COMMUNITY GARDENS, STARTING RECYCLNG IN NEIGHBORING APARTMENTS, COMPETING IN CITY OF BOSTON’S SUSTAINABLE URBAN DESIGN – “LIVING WITH WATER” COMPETITION, GREENOVATE. • URBAN SCHOLARS/UPWARD BOUND PRE-COLLEGIATE GROUPS: SUPPORTING GREEN ECONOMY EDUCATION IN THE K-12 SECTOR • SCHOOL VISITS & EVENTS TO LEARN ABOUT UMB SUSTAINABLE OPERATIONS: BOSTON HARBOR ISLANDS STUDENTS, OTHER VISITORS FROM OUT OF STATE UNIVERSITIES
  4. 4. INNOVATIVE PROJECTS: STUDENT INITIATIVES, EVENTS, COMMUNITY
  5. 5. SERC Mission Our mission is to foster a transition to a clean, sustainable, and prosperous economy. We apply our unique interdisciplinary expertise and engage in collaborations among businesses, universities, and policymakers to advance research, education, and innovative solutions for business sustainability and regional competitiveness.
  6. 6. Sustainability Education  Undergraduate Certificate and Minor in Clean Energy and Sustainability (CES)  Graduate Certificate in Clean Energy and Sustainability  MBA Specialization in Environmental Management  Ph.D. program in Organizations and Social Change
  7. 7. Research and Funding
  8. 8. Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC): Lessons from the first commercial tidal system in the U.S. Vesela Veleva, Sc.D. and Mark Gallo, Center for Sustainable Enterprise and Regional Competitiveness (SERC), UMass Boston Did you know?  By 2030 tidal energy has the potential to provide 15% of U.S. electricity  Globally installed wave and tidal power arrays will reach a capacity of more than 330 gigawatts (GW) by 2050  Tidal energy is non- polluting, reliable and predictable  Small scale not cost effective presently but the river market globally is growing exponentially  ORPC launched the first grid- connected tidal system in the U.S.  ORPC developed the technology and the project  Almost all components were made in New England (MA, ME, and RI)  Power purchase agreement with Emera Maine to provide up to 5 megawatts clean, predictable tidal energy to power about 2,000 homes and businesses  ORPC has created over 100 jobs in Maine and spent over $25 million on goods and services in 13 of Maine's 16 counties since 2007. The Bay of Fundy, Maine Photo courtesy of ORPC
  9. 9. Events
  10. 10. MGT481 Introduction to Environmental Management & Clean Energy 2013: Student teams working on real-life sustainability projects with local companies – Energi, Raytheon, Partners Health and PerkinElmer 2014: a) Team project – improving PerkinElmer CDP reporting b) Student research and papers focused on identifying opportunities to improve UMass Boston campus sustainability
  11. 11. Dishwashing System vs Disposables: Right for UMB? Did you know?  UMB uses over 3,000,000 paper and plastic items each year.  Cost of Setup: $500,000  Annual Savings: $82,500/year  Estimated Return on Investment: 8 years  What are the obstacles?  Has it been done before?  Why disposables? What is the alternative?  How do we compare to other campuses? To be considered? Ben Thompson ECON/EEOS 345L/MGT481
  12. 12. Reducing energy use by turning lights off Jescellia Mitchell
  13. 13. Improving Bike Commuting: What can we learn from McGill University Marie-Pier Sequin
  14. 14. Reducing water use in bathrooms Stephanie Buccieri Analysis & Recommendations:  U. of Michigan – average person washes their hands for 6 sec  UMB faucets run for 2-14 sec  BU practice – EcoPower hydro turbine enacted by motion sensor  Installing dual flush toilets (reducing water use by 54%)
  15. 15. Summary and Conclusion  Student involvement in research and action around improving campus and community sustainability is critical for ensuring high-quality, practical and relevant education  The role of sustainability committees on campus – faculty/staff/student collaborations  Challenges to moving from research to action  Opportunities around master plan and new building construction
  16. 16. Q&A Thank You! Vesela.Veleva@umb.edu www.umb.edu/serc

×