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Coordinator Update: Cool Boston University Initiative

by Vi Nguyen, Coordinator

Boston University in Massachusetts recently released a powerful visual demo on their website recently. Those interested should check it out! And as we look toward 2011 with the Coalition, I hope our team members will realize that they’re fighting a great cause when they work on Sustainability issues on their respective campuses around the world, wherever they may be!


January 31, 2011 at 8:47 pm Leave a comment

New Coordinator Announced!

The Global Climate Action Coalition took a pause as the leading institution, Yale, takes a break for the summer. With universities operating around the world, and inevitably, operating around different academic calendars–lots have happened between July and September. We look forward to updating you!

Today, the Yale Office of Sustainability & Office of International Affairs hired the new coordinator for the academic year 2010-2011. Here’s a bit of information we gathered on her:

Vi Nguyen, Research Assistant for Yale-Copenhagen Climate Action Coalition

Vi NguyenVi Nguyen is currently a senior at Yale College majoring in Economics with a focus in environmental management. In school, Vi has served as the Co-President of the Asian American Students Alliance, strengthening racial relations across all ethnic student groups on campus. Outside of Yale, she volunteers as a Program Manager at VietHope Inc., a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit that provides educational opportunities for financially disadvantaged students in Vietnam. After her semester abroad in Australia working on sustainability projects at the Australian National University and her fellowship in environmental cleanup in Vietnam, she’s excited to start work at the Yale Office of Sustainability! Why the Coalition and the Office of Sustainability? The world will face many challenges in the coming decades, during our generation’s time to shine. She hopes this Coalition will empower the experiences and the leadership necessary to enable us to meet these global challenges, together.

September 9, 2010 at 3:56 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: 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: 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: 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: Combating Climate Change

from Bilkent University | Ankara, Turkey

The team plans to use Bilkent University Campus as a sample university to research and develop a plan for green university solutions, specifically focusing on solar energy, green transportation and insulation of buildings. With plans of conducting supplier research, demonstrations on solar energy, calculating energy optimization and considering feasibility, acceptability and economic effects—the team hopes to find alternative energy sources and energy saving methods in

specific areas to recommend to the institution. Another measurable result that the team plans to deliver is a report on the effectiveness of their solar panel prototype, detailing the cash flow and amount of electricity produced.


February 4, 2010 at 8:43 am Leave a comment

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