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Project Updates 2: Stickers & Presentations

from Hokkaido University | Sappora, Japan

by Edgard Alves Bontempo e Silva

Our project is also moving slower than planned but we are advancing nonetheless. We have had a fruitful meeting with the head of the Sustainability Office of Hokkaido University and we are officially combining our efforts and will be making use of their structure to implement our projects. If anyone is interested in checking all the great stuff that they do, please follow this link:

They have, for example, made this incredible “Energy Use Sticker” (picture below) that we will use on our Energy Saving Competition:

The "Hokudai" written on the right-top of the sticker is the abbreviation of "Hokkaido Daigaku" - Hokkaido University in Japanese.

The black stripe is thermo-sensitive and those marks, red at 20 degrees and blue at 28 degrees, show the ideal spots for balance between comfort and energy usage on winter and summer respectively. In this picture taken on winter for example, the lightly-lit yellow spot at 22 degrees shows that the temperature is a little above the necessary (20ºC) and suggests that we should turn the heater down a bit. As you can see, the sticker also shows the basic tips for saving energy that we all know but seldom follow. Very simple and inexpensive way to give a heads-up to all on campus. This sticker is on the wall of my own lab and similar stickers are being place all over the campus, right beside the air-conditioning and light switches. No need to say that we will be advertising it widely during our project!
Soon we should have some kind of website running and linked to the one I mentioned above. Using that and the mail network on campus we are planning on asking students suggestions and project ideas to save energy and for sustainable campus development in general. We have also started recruiting new members to help on the projects and carry on with the work.
To finish, I will like to show 2 pictures taken during the preparations of the Sapporo International Night (event I mentioned on our last update)

Pictures by Hyunjun Seo (team member) and Katsutoshi Yoshida.

It was a great opportunity for us to spread the word to other universities and to the general public about our project! Good luck to all!


May 5, 2010 at 10:08 pm Leave a comment

Project Updates: Sappora Int’l Night

from Hokkaido University | Sappora, Japan

by Edgard Alves Bontempo e Silva

Last month we joined the 32nd Sapporo International Night, an event aiming to engage Japanese and foreigners living in Japan in discussions over important issues for society. This year their theme was “The Earth’s Environment” and five of us presented a series of speeches addressing possible consequences of global climate change, reporting the disappointing results of COP15, the objective and results of our meeting at Copenhagen University, what do we plan to do this year at Hokkaido University, and how that relates to the city and society. It was a great PR opportunity for us and it is helping to gather support inside and outside of the university to implement our proposals.

We also started a series of meetings with various university officials to explain our ideas and how do we plan to put them to practice during this year. While the “Warm Biz” proposal has received positive feedback, we are still striving to fine-tune our Energy Savings Competition so that it does not disrupt the normal activities of the university staff and students. Fortunately all the energy consumption data was already made available to us and it seems to be in accordance to our expectations and adequate to be used on the competition.

April 19, 2010 at 9:51 pm Leave a comment

Project Updates: Angstrom

from Uppsala University | Uppsala, Sweden

by Herman Knutsson

Uppsala University, or Ångström Energy Quest, is currently moving along multiple paths. All of them with the goal to reduce energy waste in, for starters, the Ångström laboratory building.

If everything goes according to plans we are on the verge of dragging an electrician to the depths of Ångström laboratory. There we will perform momentary measurements as well as mounting a temporary measuring device aimed at selected parts of the building. This has been the objective all along but a meeting today with the energy strategist at the company who owns the building, Akademiska Hus, has taken us much further towards realizing it. The environment coordinator at Uppsala University is also highly involved at this stage, being our main contact with the university.

Supposing these measurements lead us nowhere, we are simultaneously looking into different ways of affecting the attitude of the buildings residents, students and professionals.  Main goal at the moment in this branch is finding a way to display the current use of electricity to the students. Having that solved we see several ways of inspiring them to reduce the waste.

Our timeline has been slightly thrown due to the meetings with Akademiska Hus being postponed.

The group is still very excited about the project and we are taking it on with energy. 😉

April 14, 2010 at 9:44 pm Leave a comment

Project Highlights: Brown is Green

from Brown University | Rhode Island, USA

The team’s objectives are to effectively engage and support students in their efforts to mitigate the greenhouse emissions of Brown University. In January, 2008, Brown President, Ruth J. Simmons, pledged to reduce the University’s greenhouse gas emissions by 42 percent below 2007 levels by the year 2020. To this end, the administration has committed 20 million dollars; with a substantial fraction available to funding various emissions reduction projects proposed by Brown students and faculty. We are working to establish a formal funding and oversight structure for on-campus, student- and faculty-led energy and environmental initiatives. To measure the effectiveness of this initiative, the team plans to pay attention to whether they are able to form a body with representatives from the administration, faculty, student body and staff to evaluate and monitor environmental projects on campus. They are also interested funding more green initiatives and quantifying the energy savings and/or greenhouse gas emission reductions of the funded initiatives.

February 11, 2010 at 9:14 am Leave a comment

Project Highlights: An Energy-Saving Competition and the Warm Biz Campaign

from Hokkaido University | Sapporo, Japan

With plans to create an eco-campus, Hokkaido University students committed themselves to two projects. First, they planned to host a competition to see which department could most drastically reduce its energy consumption. This would culminate in an award ceremony with the President of Hokkaido University as the trophy-presenter. Second, they planned a Warm Biz Campaign, designed to promote warmer clothing in order to set AC temperatures below 20℃ in the university offices. Posters, exhibitions and fashion shows are in the works to promote this clothing style to save energy.

February 4, 2010 at 7:43 pm Leave a comment

Project Highlights: Ångström Energy Quest

from Uppsala University | Uppsala, Sweden

The team’s goal is to decrease energy waste at the Ångström Laboratory, a building recently built and added to the university. Their approach to achieve this goal is two-pronged. First, they will pinpoint unnecessary energy consumers at different departments. This has been done in conjunction with Akademiska Hus, the company that owns the Ångström Laboratory. Since Akademiska Hus also owns most other academic campuses in Sweden, the possibility of scaling up our project and applying our results and solutions on other similar buildings in Sweden, is significant. The other approach is to raise awareness among students and employees on campus. Here, the team plans work with university staff to install a monitor at the entrance of the lab to display current power consumption.  Another initiative in this approach is to introduce a board member to promote environmental engagement onto student boards of the different programs on campus. Some measurable results of this will include energy consumption trends over time.

February 4, 2010 at 8:55 am Leave a comment

Project Highlights: Leadership building through Energy Efficiency & Resource Saving Plans

from Tongji University | Shanghai, China

Upon surveying their university’s green campus achievements and shortcomings—the team identified needs to increase energy efficiency in electric appliances and recycling rates of paper on campus. Tongji University will take an educational approach, with plans to host classes to change the community’s consciousness level in regards to the team’s two goals. In addition to promoting these green goals, the project shows promising in the ability to empower student groups, connect them to helpful administrators and incorporate graduates of the classes into the project.  The team hopes to use measures of proportion of  energy efficient appliances to the total appliances, the proportion of the recycled paper to the total consumption, the ratio of the energy and paper saving, the number of the sponsored activities to assess the team’s effectiveness.


February 4, 2010 at 8:40 am Leave a comment

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