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Project Update: Happenings in Copenhagen

from University of Copenhagen | Copenhagen, Denmark

Since the Project Highlights has been written, a lot has happened at the University of Copenhagen. At the beginning of 2010 we were focused on gathering information about the energy action plans and the electrical consumption at the university.

Later on we targeted the students starting at the university in 2010 by putting out small clues of our effort; a statement on the sleeve of the tutors t-shirts, an advertisement in the study handbook, a short lecture about the students contribution to the energy consumption, and handing out magnetic bookmarks; all with Green Action graphics and statements.

In regards to the employees, we have made ‘evening rounds’ at different departments at the Faculty of Science, where we have noted equipment which was left turned on after work hours. Afterward we tried to establish a dialogue with the employees about the wasteful energy consumption. In April we visited the Department of Chemistry, and the dialogue was established as a review at a department meeting. The yearly wasteful consumption was estimated to be about €7400. In October we visited the Niels Bohr Institute, where the yearly wasteful consumption was estimated to be about €4700; here, the dialogue was established as a report to the head of the institute. The evening rounds continue in 2011, hopefully in cooperation with the Science Faculty’s newly employed full-time energy-controller, Jürgen. We will focus on the behaviour, while Jürgen will focus on the structural solutions.

In December we participated in the planning and execution of Green Campus’ 4-week Green Action campaign all over the University of Copenhagen. Green student teams worked their way through the university, talking to the people they met, trying to make them aware of the possibility of more energy-efficient behaviour. They also promoted a big internet based competition, where the prices were bikes and climate-friendly dinners at Sticks’n’Sushi. A smaller competition took place in the canteens, where the price was a free lunch.


February 2, 2011 at 10:39 am Leave a comment

Coordinator Update: Skype Meeting with Tongji Team

by Vi Nguyen, Coordinator

I had the opportunity to meet a few of the members from the Tongji team this morning (but last night for them). The key take-away from the meeting in regards to the coalition is that for Tongji, they are in it for the communication. They hope the Coalition will be able to foster a sharing of useful ideas and exciting projects.

They were definitely excited to share some of the initiatives going on in Shanghai at Tongji University! They’re trying to tackle waste by training students on how to conserve water, e-waste and paper. In the coming months, they’ll be providing more details and visual updates for you.

Another exciting thing is that for the past year, our team at Tongji hasn’t been able to access the old website–but on this new wordpress portal–they finally have access! So you’ll be seeing more posts from them.

October 9, 2010 at 7:38 pm Leave a comment

Project Updates 2: Solar Panel Developments

from Bilkent University | Ankara, Turkey

by Chee Yong Tan

In our last update, we told you that to examine the effectiveness of using solar panels at Bilkent University campus, we constructed a solar panel demonstrator. However, the first place which we constructed the panel was not convenient for data storage, because there was not any place for the computers and other equipments. In order to collect and store the data gotten from the solar power demonstrator, some place which could be appropriate for data transfer to computers should be chosen. Therefore, the construction of the solar panel demonstrator was revised according to solve this issue. It was decided that constructing the solar panel near the EE (Electronics Engineering) Building. The cables were connected between the solar panel demonstrator to the multimeter at the laboratory. The window of the building was used for passing the cables into the laboratory.

Figure-1: The Installation of the Solar Panel near the EE building

Then the cables from the solar power demonstrator were connected to the multimeter UT60E. This multimeter has a property which can transfer the data from the multimeter to the computer. After we learned that this multimeter has such a property, we revised our components and changed our multimeter and started to use UT60E. In brief, the place of the construction was revised and the components which provide data transfer was revised.

Before the storage mechanism worked properly, each day we went to laboratory and took the voltage and current data of the solar panel demonstrator.

After that, we developed the data storage procedure. The data is started to stored with the help of the multimeter UT60E. We are using two UT60E, one is for the voltage storage, the other is for the current storage.

In order to record data on computer, we connected multimeter UT60E to computer through RS232, and make adjustments of port according to UT60E datasheet. Interface saves data in an excel format as an excel file. These files have the voltage and current data for every 1 hour. Putting all data for each hour in this report can be a little confusing. Therefore, we think that making graphs for the data at 12 pm and 3 pm is much clear.

In brief, we worked on our solar panel demonstrator up to this point. We changed the place of the solar panel because we needed storing the data gotten from the solar panel demonstrator to computers. We use the multimeters UT60E, which has the property that can transfer the data from the multimeter to the computer. By this way, we have the storage of voltage and current values for each hour.

July 8, 2010 at 1:32 am 1 comment

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 Updates: Yale’s Progress

from Yale University | Connecticut, USA

by Matt Ramlow

Yale has completed the first phase of its dual project with MIT by compiling a list of 88 different environmental initiatives throughout the different departments at Yale. We then began to sort the projects into our major 3 sub-categories; built environment, behavioral, and communications projects. Yale has also drafted a preliminary survey to interview each of the projects and gather information regarding the development, funding, work hours, participation, goals, transparency, savings/reductions, and level of success of each project. Our next step is to continue to collaborate with MIT to create a final draft of the survey that can be administered across both campuses. We hope to have this completed in early April so we can conduct our interviews before the end of the spring semester (mid May) and start to gather the data from the different projects.

To view the Project Database and Preliminary Survey Questions, click on the following link.

April 2, 2010 at 9:36 pm 1 comment

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