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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: http://www.sustain.hokudai.ac.jp/

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!

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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: 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

Project Highlights: Green Residence Competition

from University of British Columbia | British Columbia, Canada

The team will work with students, staff, faculty members and the UBC Sustainability Office to design and implement a resource consumption competition in UBC’s junior residences. They will be launching this competition in the fall semester of 2010.

The competition will be piloted in Totem Park Residence for first year students. The project will draw on the readings of energy and resource monitoring devices to create a friendly competition that will ideally be delivered every year in Totem and hopefully expand to other residences as well.

The purpose of the competition is to:

  • Reduce consumption of campus resources (water, electricity and steam)
  • Engage students in sustainability learning and practice and
  • Measure the impact of real time monitoring and the use of promotions and incentives to reduce the consumption of resources.

On university campuses, the vast majority of energy consumption takes place within buildings. The environmental and financial consequences of this consumption are considerable. For example, in 2009 UBC consumed over 3.8 million cubic meters of water, 330 million kg of steam, 150,000 gigajoules of direct natural gas and 185 million kWh of electricity, at a cost of approximately $24 million per year.

With approximately 8,000 students living in residence on UBC campus, a substantial percentage of total campus resource use takes place within dormitories. In residential settings, it has been demonstrated that 50% of energy use depends on lifestyle choices, while the balance depends on physical characteristics of buildings and building equipment. Students living in dormitories have a high degree of lifestyle control over electricity and water use. Personal choices, such as how long they shower and whether they leave lights, stereos and computers on have the potential to reduce energy and water consumption. Residence halls are therefore an obvious target for conservation measures.

The measurable goals of this project includes measuring the competition impact, which will be measured in terms of consumption reduction, cost savings, and impact of real-time monitoring and incentives on behavior. During the project design phase, they will be working with student, staff and faculty stakeholders to design the competition and develop our indicators of project success.

April 2, 2010 at 9:08 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: Near-Zero Waste Events

from Carnegie Mellon University | Pennsylvania, USA

The primary goals of the project are to reduce total event waste and divert as much landfill waste as possible. The project team will work with event coordinators to reduce the total food-related material purchased per head with the goal of integrating low-waste purchasing into event planning for 1-3 departments. The department demonstrations will be used to develop low-waste event purchasing practices. If possible, the project team will work with purchasing and event coordinators to estimate benchmarks for current practices. The team’s goal is to apply best practices to freshmen orientation events for the incoming class of 2014. This endeavor may demonstrate to the public that all flatware, cups, napkins, and food waste can be recycled or composted for an event serving several hundred heads. In terms of measurables, the team plans to measure the waste composted, recycled and land filled per head at all demonstration events. They will also create a simple mechanism to track the number of students, faculty and staff served by low-waste events.

February 4, 2010 at 9:16 am Leave a comment

Project Highlights: Green Action at SCIENCE

from University of Copenhagen | Copenhagen, Denmark

The team aims to concentrate its efforts on empowering students and faculty in the university’s Science Department to help Copenhagen become one of the most sustainable universities in Europe. In targeting the students, the team plans to inspire the tutors to host an introductory course on Sustainability ( e.g. encouraging freshmen to use public transportation, buy locally produced organic food, etc). We hope to encourage more sustainable-minded freshmen class through actions such as designing ‘green’ t-shirts for the tutors, and encouraging course directors to educate students on how to behave more sustainably in laboratories and computer facilities. In targeting employees, the team plans to monitor wasteful electrical consumption through the use of appliances at night when no one is in the building. They will use this data to engage in dialogue with employees to reduce this waste. The project’s measureable results will depend on data gathered via questionnaires and measurements of electrical consumption in different departments.

February 4, 2010 at 8:47 am Leave a comment

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