Local News: Green Energy Fee Grant Program (GEF)
Below are sustainability-related news items throughout the Western Washington University and Bellingham-area. These items correspond to the Green Energy Fee Grant Program.
Bellingham firm builds bike-repair kiosk as gift to public
At first, the folks at A-1 were thinking about installing just a kiosk for community notices. Then, last September, Patrick Martin, a production manager at A-1, took his daughter to The Evergreen State College in Olympia and saw a sturdy bicycle pump and repair station installed outdoors by some dormitories. He thought back to the idea of a kiosk, and realized a pump and repair station could fit inside. “I thought we should put the two together,” said Martin, who did much of the design work for the station. A 12-by-12-foot concrete slab forms the base. Look closely and you’ll see the slab is decorated with old bicycle parts — gears, tire rims, lengths of bicycle chain — embedded in the concrete, along with leaf plants that resemble fossils.
Pedaling for a purpose
Petersmark, along with sophomore Kate Thompson and senior Drew Swisher, now have a power-generating elliptical machine on loan from Bellingham Fitness Gear and Training that students are free to try in the rec center. The monitors of the Technogym brand machines Petersmark and his teammates rented display the power someone generates in terms of how many electrical appliances their workout could have powered. For example, the number of watts produced as someone exercises would be measured in number of lightbulbs that could be illuminated. The team is pushing for four new bikes if they receive the grant: two standard bikes and two reclining bikes.
Check In With The Environmental And Sustainability Programs
“Later in the quarter we’re planning to do an indigenous resistance event,” Normoyle said. “Our vision [for 2015] is a continuation of what we worked on since we started our jobs...being more inclusive in our programming and in who we reach out to.” On Wednesday, Jan. 21 at 4 p.m. Dhar Jamail, a journalist known for his coverage of the Iraq War, will speak in Commucations Facilities 110 on the issue of climate disruption. His talk, “Are We Off the Climate Precipice?” will focus on the science of climate disruption and mass extinctions that are currently in progress.
Western's green energy fee works to make campus sustainable
The GEF was implemented in 2005 to encourage clean energy and amended in 2010 to fund the grant program. Alyssa MacDonald, the GEF outreach coordinator, said the projects must involve sustainability, reduce energy consumption or the university’s environmental impact and engage the campus community. “We fund small and large grant projects,” MacDonald said. “A small project is anything from $500 to $5,000. Anything above $5,000 up to $250,000 is considered a large grant.” The process begins when a student or faculty member has a project idea. Then, they build a team with a couple of other students and an advisor. Their project is then submitted to a committee for approval.
Sustainability wall opens in Wilson Library
A collaborative project of Western Libraries, the Office of Sustainability and the AS Environmental Center, this wall provides Western with a central and public location where the campus community can find out about environmental and sustainability events. The wall is located near the north entrance to the Wilson Library between Zoe’s bagels and the Tutoring Center.
Expo highlights teams' Green Energy Fee projects
The applicant teams that presented at the expo have been actively researching or implementing a wide variety of campus projects. More than 70 students, faculty and staff attended the expo.
Pilot project provides students with sustainable, energy-efficient room
In the winter of 2012, two Campus Sustainability Planning Studio students wrote a report on how to include energy saving technologies and practices into Western’s residence halls in efforts to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions. In the Spring of 2013 two students used information from that report and then applied for, and were awarded a Green Energy Fee Grant to modify a Buchanan Towers room, into the Sustainable Energy Efficiency Dorm Pilot room.
Students live in efficient resident hall
Western’s first Sustainable Energy Efficient Dorm (SEED) monitors energy consumption and water use as part of a pilot project funded by the Green Energy Fee Grant Program. The results from this project could influence sustainable choices in other residence halls.
The human aspect of sustainability
One of the many ways in which we make such connections is through collaborating with students, staff and faculty to create educational proposals that have meaningful impacts. As such, Western Libraries has participated in several Green Energy Fee Grant Program-sponsored projects, including one during winter quarter that emphasizes the importance of social equity as an integral component of sustainability. The GEF Grant Program supports projects that are designed to increase student involvement and education, reduce the university's environmental impact and create an aware and engaged campus community.
It's getting hot in here: Solar power to heat pool
The Green Energy Fee Grant Program awarded a group of students $219,511 to pay for the project. Western students Harvey, Brian Maskal and Nina Olivier proposed the project to decrease carbon dioxide emissions and increase awareness of solar thermal energy at Western.
Students provide $340K to make campus greener
This year, there are four opportunities to submit a small grant application, with the first proposal due on Oct. 23. Up to $40,000 in small grants will be awarded in the 2013-14 academic year.
Student pilot program reduces on-campus waste
A student–designed pilot program, Project MUG, aims to prevent waste generated by single-use cups by offering reusable mugs to students who purchase coffee and other hot beverages on campus.
Grants to go to Western students for 'green' projects
The grants, funded by the student-initiated Green Energy Fee, have been used in the past for projects such as the solar array installed on the Environmental Studies building. The array has saved more than 8,300-kilowatt hours over the last 14 months, said Regan Clover, program coordinator for the Green Energy Fee Grant.
Green Energy Fee grant will fund solar energy to heat the pool at Wade King
The project will decrease Western's carbon emissions and will serve as a learning model and awareness tool for solar thermal energy. Installation is scheduled to take place in the spring and summer of 2014.
Green Energy Fee awards expo to be held May 30
The event is free, open to the public and light refreshments will be served. Western's President Bruce Shepard will introduce the eight project teams who were awarded over $225,000 in grant funding, and the teams will speak about their projects.
Green Energy Fee Brings Eight New Projects
The Green Energy Fee Committee, also composed of students, staff and faculty, is in charge of selecting which teams are awarded the grant money, and this year they have selected three large-scale projects and three smallscale projects.
Green fee funds pilot programs
The committee selected the eight proposals based on how well they fit the mission of the Green Energy Fee, said Katie Savinski, chair of the committee and AS vice president for student life.
WWU's Green-Energy Fee Grant Program To Fund Eight Campus Projects
Three large projects, which range in funding from $9,000-$185,000, represent the second round of funding allocated to student, staff and faculty teams.
Your small project idea may get Green Energy Fee funding
Supported by a quarterly fee paid by all Western students, the program exists to promote experiential learning opportunities and sustainable practices at the university. This is done through funding of innovative, student-driven projects. Past large projects include the installation of solar panels on the Environmental Studies Building; the installation of water bottle refill stations at Old Main, Arntzen Hall, and the Rec Center; and the installation of LED lighting in the C West Parking Lots on campus.
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Solar panels installed atop Environmental Studies
The $167,500 project, funded by the student Green Energy Fee and proposed by a team led by Matthew Moroney, is being installed on the building's south-facing roof. The 5-kilowatt array will be visible from the Academic Instructional Center skybridge, where students can view info station on the project and an interactive display of the array's power output. The solar array is one of four projects being installed this year by the Green Energy Fee Grant Program.
Solar panels installed on Environmental Studies
Preparations for the panels began in December and the first of the panels was installed over spring break, said Kathryn Freeman, Green Energy Fee Grant Program coordinator. Work on the roof is expected to continue into early April, according to an online statement released last year by the Office of Facilities Development and Capital Budget. Dave Willett, manager of architectural and engineering services at Western, said the panels are expected to be operational in mid-April.
Dreaming in green
These environmentally friendly additions to Western's campus came from student-written proposals submitted during the 2011-2012 school.
This year, there are workshops for Western students, faculty and staff to assist in proposal planning and writing for this year's AS Green Energy Fee Grant program.
Funding Opportunities in Sustainability
Funding for projects focused on sustainability or environmental protection can come from a wide variety of sources including Federal and State agencies and private agencies as well.
New hand dryers part of Green Energy Fee program
The brainchild of Western sophomore Mike Gore, junior Bodie Cabiyo and senior Jordan Murphy, the project developed from an assignment in the students' campus sustainability planning class.
Green Energy Fee pays for alternative to paper towels
In an effort to become a more environmentally friendly campus, Western will install four Dyson hand dryers, two in each restroom, funded by the Green Energy Fee Program on Friday, Feb. 17. The dryers blow two walls of air on inserted hands at 400 mph. Users pull their hands through the walls of air to create an invisible wiping effect, according to Dyson's website.
Green Energy Fee Program completes first project
Created in 2010, the Green Energy Fee Grant Program puts to use student dollars collected in the quarterly Green Energy Fee and designated to the grant program. This year, that's some $300,000, said Kathryn Freeman, Green Energy Fee Grant Program Coordinator.
Library bathrooms gain bins to lose waste
Haggard Hall ranks first on Western's most frequently used bathrooms list, winning it the compost bin selection. The building's restrooms average more than 1,000 uses per day, said Kathryn Freeman, Green Energy Grant program coordinator. The pilot project was awarded a grant for $1,400.
The Green Energy Fee program, which all full-time Western students pay for as part of their fees and tuition, is funding the project. The fee charges students 70 cents per credit, up to $7 per quarter.
Project to compost paper towels in Haggard Hall starts now
The main goal of the project is to reduce the use and subsequent waste of paper towels on campus. Composting can play a significant role in that by decreasing the amount of waste that the Western campus sends to landfills. According to the Associated Students Recycle Center, which conducts regular audits of campus trash and recycling, 72 percent of Western's waste is already recycled, and the majority of the remaining portion is compostable.
UISG proposes voluntary 'green' fee
Seth Vidana, campus sustainability manager for Western Washington University, said students pay approximately 70 cents per credit hour, amounting to roughly $7 a student for the mandatory green fee.
"We're able to get small pilot projects on the ground when funds are tight," Vidana said, and the fee has allowed officials to fund a $157,000 solar ray, water-bottle refilling stations, hand dryers, and a paper towel composting pilot.
The dirt on the Green Fee projects
These projects were chosen on how well they exemplified the Green Energy Fee Program mission statement, which includes increasing student involvement and education, reducing Western's environmental impact and creating an aware and engaged campus community, according to the Green Energy Fee website.
Green fee funds bottle refilling stations
The refilling stations, which will have both a drinking fountain and a small shelf behind it to fill water bottles, will be located at the Wade King Student Recreation Center, on the first floor of Arntzen Hall and on the second floor of Old Main.
The idea for the refilling stations was part of a project by students from an environmental studies class, Campus Sustainability Planning Studio, and was brought to the Green Energy Fee committee as a project proposal called "Think Outside the Bottle." The committee gave the project was $21,000 last spring.
When Green is Gold
Each year, students pay $21 toward the fee, the majority of which is used to fund the grant projects, according to a press release about the Green Energy Fee awards. The leftover money, between $60,000 and $80,000, goes toward paying for renewable energy credits which are purchased to offset Western's environmental impact.
LED lights in parking lots, solar panels among projects to get funding from AS Green Energy Fee
Students compete for $300,000 in Green Fee money: Green Energy Fee program funding will be given to the best student submissions
Your eco-friendly idea could be funded by the WWU green energy fee
Time to put the Green Fee money to use
It sounds ambitious, but with the help of Western's Green Energy Fee, this idea and many others could become a reality.
Green Energy Fee Committee seeks sustainable ideas
Energy fee to increase less than expected
WWU Students Re-Approve 'Green Fee' to Keep University Powered by Renewable-Energy Sources
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