Task A: Student Green programming
Earth Hour: On March 27, 2010, UMD students celebrated Earth hour in style. Resident Advisors in the UMD dorms organized an acoustic open mic night, and attention was raised about energy issues and greenhouse gas emissions at UMD. Organizers created posters and gave out T-shirts to volunteers to wear to class in order to raise awareness of the event.
An acoustic concert was held and 12 people played at the open mic night. Sixty students attended and 12 people got up on stage to play acoustic music for the crowd. UMD greenhouse gas inventory results were on display, energy-saving ideas were discussed, and Earth-friendly prizes were given out during the event.
Additional photos from the UMD Earth Hour 2010 event are online at: http://s169.photobucket.com/albums/u201/tommyc5252/Earth%20Hour%202010%2...
Bike-to-School: On April 29, 2010, UMD Student members of the UMD Student Sustainability Coalition and UMD Cycling Club organized a Bike-to-School celebration in the busy Kirby Plaza Bus Hub. Students hosted tables about bike safety, sustainability aspects of the bus as a commuting choice, and a bike-repair station. Incentives for attending the fair included entering a raffle (if student’s filled out a survey about cycling commuting issues, such as preferences for additional bike parking, and locations for future repair/air pump stations)- of which the grand prize of a FREE personal, private, weather-proof storage locker for a student’s bike for one school year, bike safety gear. A free bagel was also given to the first 100 students to stop by the event (the bagels were provided by Bixby’s Coffee Shop/UMD Office of Sustainability, NOT grant funds).
Media Information: BIKE-TO-SCHOOL DAY!
Do you bike to UMD? Wonder how to care for your bike? Then bike (or board, bus, blade or even walk!) to the Kirby Bus Hub for the second annual Bike-to-School Fest! The purpose is to encourage UMD staff and students to tread a bit more gently on the earth by biking, walking, boarding, blading, and busing to UMD. Stop by for information on local bike trails, talk to Fit City Duluth about healthy ways to commute, learn how to load your bike on a DTA bus bike rack, register for a prize (an covered and secure private storage locker on campus for your bike!), and find out more about biking in Duluth. Tables from local organizations and businesses will be located outside near Kirby bus hub.
This event is sponsored by the Student Sustainability Coalition and the UMD Cycling Club, with partial funding provided by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund.
Bike-to-Work: Building on the success of the Bike-to-School event, student David Rosen noticed that students were doing a better job reducing their commuting carbon footprint than staff and faculty. In response, he helped to arrange the FIRST Bike-to-Work day at UMD, with information about commuting safely on a bike, information on the UMD carbon footprint and how campus members can help reduce it, and a raffle/survey with small, bike-safety-themed incentive prizes. Despite torrential rains, the event was well attended by the campus, and partially supported by the UMD Human Resources Wellness Program, a great partnership to include both environmental and health benefits of cycling. A side benefit from the event included organization of Critical Mass bike rides around the campus neighborhood, these occur on the last Friday of the month and conversations about increasing biking around campus continue.
Task B: Building/energy: audits and outreach
A multi-meter kit was purchased to assist the UMD Building Systems staff in evaluating overcooled, over-ventilated, over-heated and over-lighted areas across campus.
To expand the ‘audit’ idea, two kill-a-watt meters and SmartStrips were also purchased, and Student Sustainability Assistant, Ali Nakvi, is conducting a research experiment to see if purchasing SmartStrips will save electricity and money when used by staff in the UMD Fleet and Grounds building.
Task C: Student Sustainability display/demonstration materials
This task has not been started, as the student group is debating whether or not it is a good investment to purchase of a Brunton Solar Roll or if another piece of equipment could be substituted that would be more powerful and have a better application on campus (ex: SolarBrella.)
Task D: UMD Sustainability Pledge
The UMD Energy Pledge, led by Hannah Schoof, a sustainability intern student from the Health Education program took the lead. Hannah was motivated by both the environmental (pollution, climate impacts) and societal (health, safety) concerns surrounding the human-caused carbon emissions from our purchases of electricity and the burning of natural gas on campus. The below 1) website graphic and 2) media release explains the details of the pledge:
Media information: 1,000 Pledges wanted.
Demonstrate commitment to saving energy on campus by signing the UMD Energy Pledge. Not only will you be helping to reduce environmental impacts, together we will save money on utility bills for our campus.
What is the Energy Pledge? The Pledge is 10 simple actions everyone can take to help reduce energy use on campus. Take the pledge online, and chose some (or ALL) of the simple everyday actions suggested, such as enabling energy-saving settings on computer. turning off lights when leaving a room, avoiding space heaters, and more.
Why is reducing energy use at UMD important? UMD emits 5.5 metric tons of CO2-equivalent greenhouse gas emissions each year for every student on campus. That’s 33 pounds per student each day. To visualize how much this really is, think of it this way: for each UMD student, we emit enough CO2-equivalent emissions to fill two and a half 2-liter bottles every MINUTE.
What else can I do? You can help reduce energy use in other ways both on and off campus, consider these easy options:
• Use cold water whenever possible, especially when doing laundry
• Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes
• Print on both sides of the paper
• Use reusable bags and water bottles
• Reduce fuel use in your vehicle by driving sensibly, keeping your tires properly inflated, and combining errands
To launch the Pledge and gain student attention to carbon emissions from the UMD campus, Hannah organized a booth and recruited 45 students to tie balloons to their backpack for the entire school day (representing their share of the UMD Carbon Footprint = 5.5 metric tons per year, per student). In addition, the students were given “talking points” on why they had balloons, and simple things everyone can do to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on campus. At the booth, 40 people took the Energy Pledge online the day of the event and many more promised to sign up online at a later date (we only had 1 laptop available for sign-up on at the fair.)
As a friendly energy-saving reminder and prompt, Hannah also created cool, removable decals (for placement on light switches) that say: “Be Bright: Turn Off the Lights”
To continue the Pledge drive, UMD Students Anne Rittgers and Nate Levandoski continue to promote the Pledge by using the display and bringing a laptop to the UMD Farmers Market (where many campus members shop for sustainable, local produce and products) to gain more signatures. We are still below our goal of 1,000 pledges (count = approximately 100 pledges), but this is an ongoing effort and constant communication and reminders of the Pledge will help the energy conservation cause in dorms, offices, and classrooms in the future.
NOTE: Because the web-interactive portion of this task did NOT cost as much as we estimated ($1,000), we decided to instead focus on communicating about the pledge through creating a “Black Balloons” campaign to call attention to UMD carbon emissions, creating light switch decals for prompts, and creating educational posters/displays.
UPDATE ON PROJECT TIMELINE
The timeline is on schedule for activities. We guessed we would be 33% complete with tasks and we are about 28% of the way finished. Although only 28% of grant funds are accounted for, and summer has been a slow time. When Fall 2010 begins and students are back in school, we anticipate a sharp pick-up in activities. Many of the student leaders are returning in the fall, and emails/planning continues during summer.
UMD CUTTING CARBON: Conservation, Education, and Investigation
Obj. 1 Conservation and Education Programs Spent Grant award Remaining
A Student conservation: “Green program funding” $ 2,271.88 $ 6,500.00 $ 4,228.12
B. Resources for Energy and building systems outreach, dorm demonstrations, etc. $ 548.67 $ 2,250.00 $ 1,701.33
C. Student Sustainability Coalition display/demonstration materials $ – $ 980.00 $ 980.00
D. Energy Pledge $ 477.81 $ 2,000.00 $ 1,522.19 Grand total $ 3,298.36 $ 11,730.00 $ 8,431.64
Task A: Student conservation: Green Program funding
$804 for peer marketing, 200 T-shirts worn by students around campus the week leading up to Earht Hour.
$189 Poster displaying UMD campus greenhouse gas emissions and “Top Things Students Can Do”
$42.95 Stamp for making posters.
$276.18 Supplies for acoustic Earth Hour concert event, including small eco-friendly prizes
UMD Bike-to-School Day $24.80 poster presentation
$154.50 + 287.00 for Student newspaper public announcement to raise student participation for the event
$105 Grand Prize personal, lockable, weather-proof storage locker for student bike
UMD Bike-to-Work Day $137.58 for Bike-safety-themed small incentives for raffle/survey on biking at UMD.
Note: Promotion and free food for the event were provided by UMD Human Resources)
Grand total for Task A: $2,271.88
Task B. Resources for Energy and building systems outreach, dorm demonstrations, etc.
Fieldpiece HS35 Expandable Stick Meter $164.19
Fieldpiece AOX2 Combustion Accessory Head $65.19
Fieldpiece AMN2 Manometer Accessory Head $164.19
Fieldpiece AAV3 Vane Anemometer Accessory Head $84.15
Kill-a-Watt meter 2 at $19.99 $39.98
Smart Strip Energy Saver 1 @ $30.97 $30.97
Grand total for Task B: $548.67
Task C. Student Sustainability Coalition display/demonstration materials No funds spent yet- awaiting return of Student Sustainability Coalition members Fall 2010
Grand total for Task C: $0.00
Task D. Energy Pledge
KUMD Programming: $500.00 Public Service Announcements: to promote all carbon-reducing events and participation/awareness (starting April 12, 2010 and continuing through end of April in 2011, covering nearly the entire grant period) $47.00 posters $200.81 for black balloon supplies
$60.00 for a public announcement of the Sustainability Fair (where Pledge was officially unveiled to the student body)
$170.00 for the prompt decals for light switch covers
Grand total for Task D: $477.81
PROJECT RESULTS, through June 30, 2010
o We have increased energy and carbon awareness on campus
Hundreds of students have been in involved in carbon-reducing efforts, both on campus, in the UMD dorms, and online.
Nearly 100 people have signed the UMD Energy Pledge, bringing us 10% of the way to our goal of 1,000 signatures.
Comments and emails about our UMD Sustainability and Energy Pages have increased.
o Student leadership in energy issues is emerging
Currently a CSE student has taken on coordination of the installation of 7 vending misers on campus (including the 1 provided by the MnSCC program).
Student Association president for 2010-2011 school year wants a seat on the UMD Sustainability Committee
o NOTE: Estimates of carbon emissions reduced will be totaled at the end of the grant period.
From UMD Students!