|Less energy use through better water conservation technology||Pending CalCAP Project: Install new technologies or retrofit current infrastructure for higher levels of water conservation in university restrooms.
|No More Down the Drain ||The ASUC Art Studio will install a sand and sediment interceptor on the ceramics sink to reduce and recycle clay and glazes that currently go down the drain. This will reduce the wear and tear on the Union plumbing and more effectively filter the Art Studio waste water. |
|I Heart Tap Water||I Heart Tap Water is a collaborative campaign between Cal Dining, Recreational Sports, Environment, Health & Safety and University Health Services to promote the drinking of tap water as the preferred beverage of choice. |
|"End the Cycle"- Sustainable Laundry Campaign||Green Campus is a student-run internship program that works to increase sustainability by bridging the gap between students and institutional energy costs. As part of their efforts to reduce energy usage on campus, they will be conducting a campaign to educate on-campus residents on more environmentally friendly laundry habits. Plans for the campaign include publicity and outreach through static-cling educational stickers for the washing machines and posters containing sustainable laundry tips for the laundry room bulletin boards. Green Campus hopes to promote a switch to cold water by laundry users. |
|Reduction in Chemical Use at the UC Botanical Gardens||Over the past year, the UC Botanical Gardens (UCBG) staff has been working to formulate a comprehensive Integrated Pest Management Program. As part of this program, the UCBG aims to reduce chemical use through the establishment of a compost tea system. The compost tea mixture will be used in garden beds and on the lawn as a more natural approach to pest management. Because of UCBG’s close proximity to Strawberry Creek, the amount of pesticides in UCBG’s runoff greatly affects the Strawberry Creek ecosystem. By switching to compost tea, both the gardens and Strawberry creek will benefit. UCBG will also be researching types of organisms and insects that can be used to manage pests. UCBG hopes to publicize its efforts and findings to other botanical gardens and serve as a model of sustainability. |
|I <3 Tap Water Campaign||The I Heart Tap Water Campaign promotes drinking tap water over disposable water bottle use by using a public information campaign to build awareness, supporting the accessibility to tap water on campus, and distributing reusable bottles. This grant will build on the successful, ongoing program by hiring a student intern to increase publicity and outreach for the campaign. Recruitment for the student intern and research on campus drinking water locations will begin in the fall 2010 semester. |
|Real-time Water Metering in Campus Buildings||In 2009, the water metering team was awarded a TGIF grant for Phase 1 of the project. The goals of this grant were to a) achieve real-time online water metering of all water consumed in campus buildings, and b) pilot a project for achieving water conservation by upgrading bathroom fixtures on campus from antiquated to ultra- high-efficiency.
The 2010 grant will be used towards Phase 2 of the project for expanding the building-scale metering to include eight additional buildings. This will contribute to the overall goal of making UC Berkeley one of the first campuses in the country to have electric, steam, and water use data available online in real-time through the Building Dashboard.
|Wurster Hall Sub-metering||Wurster Hall, home of the College of Environmental Design, functions as a living laboratory of building design and energy efficiency. The purpose of this project is to sub-meter all of the floors and major building energy users, expanding upon the existing whole building metering and display capacity. This project will not only help Wurster Hall achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Existing Buildings certification, but also become a model of energy metering for the campus. On June 7th, the project leads proposed a grant change, for switching from individual metering to group metering. This way, fewer meters are used to cover equipment, and can cover more of the base load. |
|Hydration Station Installation for Existing Buildings||A 2007 survey of the UC Berkeley population found that 60% of students felt that the campus lacks sources for refilling reusable water containers. In an effort to reduce the purchase and disposal of plastic water bottles and support the use of reusable drinking containers, this project will develop design guidelines for installing hydration stations. Hydration stations are a new type of water refill station specifically designed for refilling water bottles with a high-volume and hygienic, touch-free method. This project will install two hydration stations at UC Berkeley, one in Dwinelle and one in the MLK Student Union. The hydration stations and their installation will follow the design guidelines of Capital Projects and outreach and publicity of the project will be coordinated with the I Heart Tap Water Campaign. Based on the success of this project, the hope is more campus departments and buildings will request installations of hydration stations, helping UC Berkeley give up its dependence on bottled water. |
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