Sustainable Campus (Green) Fee Funding Proposal The Sustainable Campus (Green) Fee Committee invites proposals for initiatives in 2010‐2011 to make the University of Memphis campus more sustainable. Approximately $360,000 is generated annually by the Green Fee. According to Tennessee Board of Regents Guidelines, on‐campus sustainability initiatives: Should be for direct, demonstrable campus sustainability benefits Should be allocated for sustainability initiatives with the primary focus on projects for energy efficiency and utility conservation Should not be used for budgeted salaries, special events or operational expenditures not associated with the SCF Program Proposals should fall within one of the following categories: Energy and Utilities (electric, gas, water, etc.) Local Generation (renewable – solar, wind, etc.) Alternative Fuel (hybrid vehicles, Bio‐diesel projects, etc.) Other (Environmental, Recycling, etc.) Educational initiatives can also be considered. All expenditures for proposed initiatives must be completed by June 30, 2011. Normally, funded projects should be completed by that date. Funding of any initiative beyond June 30, 2011, will require a new proposal and is not guaranteed. The person(s) and department submitting a proposal must be capable of fulfilling the initiative. Proposals are due by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 21, 2010. * Denotes required information. 1. * Name of Person(s) Submitting Proposal: Michael Chisamore, Sherry Bryan and Jenna Thompson, Jennifer Barker, Megan Hoover, Colby Mitchell, Ben Vega 2. * Department : Architecture 3. * Title of Proposed Project: Prototype Recycling Enclosure and Xeriscaping on Desoto Street 4. * Total Amount Requested
$18150.00 5. * Describe the proposed project, including purpose, benefit to the University, participants, student participation, any additional information that should be considered: Proposed Project We propose to design and build a new enclosure and xeriscaping for the recycling area along Desoto Street using sustainable design and construction practices. The enclosure would serve as a prototype for other installations throughout the campus and beyond. Purpose The recycling and dumpster area along Desoto Street is an eyesore and does not reflect positively on the recycling program at the university to visitors, existing and potential students. A new aesthetically pleasing enclosure could enhance the profile and public presence of recycling on campus. If the enclosure was done in a way that utilized sustainable principles it could serve as an educational demonstration for the campus community. The area around the present dumpster area is crumbling asphalt and contributes to local heat island effects and undesirable run‐off. Drought resistant indigenous plantings around the enclosure will reduce the need for potable water, enhance air quality and help increase awareness of sustainable plantings on campus. Involvement and Process The effort would utilize the design and construction resources of the Department of Architecture as well as the technical expertise of local industry partners. The design and construction of the enclosure would involve a broad range of participants including the Department of Architecture and other interested student and community organizations. The design effort would start during the fall semester utilizing “Tiger Blue Goes Green” to generate awareness and interest in the project. Other involvement strategies would follow. Participating students would have the opportunity to take part in the research and implementation of sustainable strategies on campus. Sustainable practices that could be employed in the new enclosure design and construction include: Sustainable Materials ‐ using materials that are fabricated locally and include recycled content. Post Consumer Recycling ‐ recycle existing asphalt removed during the construction. Xeriscaping ‐ asphalt removed would be replaced by indigenous low maintenance drought tolerant plantings. This would have the added benefit of reducing heat gain and run‐off in the area. The planting area would be a demonstration area showing how other areas of the university could be sustainably developed with plantings. Energy Efficient Lighting – using solar powered or LED lighting for signage. Benefits to the University Connection to the University Strategic Plan that calls for developing an “inviting and sustainable campus setting.”
Providing opportunities for interdisciplinary scholarship and the building of productive partnerships. An aesthetically enhanced campus has been proven to aid in student recruitment and retention. According to the Boyer Report, 62% of high school seniors picked a campus based on its physical appearance. If implemented, the project would transform a liability into an asset. Many students view sustainability as one of the factors in choosing a university. In creating a university of choice, student participation would directly connect them to sustainable initiatives on campus. Project Concept Existing dumpster area on Desoto Street (looking west) Existing dumpster area on Desoto Street (looking east) Proposed recycling area with xeriscaping, solar panels for lighting, and green screen
6. Describe any energy and/or cost savings that could result from your proposal: Implementation of the project would result in reduced irrigation and lighting loads. 7. Identify any additional funding or support for this project: As part of the project we intend to utilize industry partners for design and construction expertise.