U of I Sustainability Center Awards Funding for Student-Led Projects
November 30, 2018
MOSCOW, Idaho — Nov. 30, 2018 — The University of Idaho Sustainability Center has awarded more than $8,000 to five student-led projects focused on improving sustainability at the university.
Now in its 12th year, the Sustainability Center’s student-led grant program helps get students engaged in strengthening campus sustainability and supporting a shift to carbon neutrality on campus. Students in the program also develop grant writing, project management and leadership skills as part of awarding the grants.
Sustainability Center Grants recipients for 2018-19 include:
Wallace Light Sensors: Danielle Colter, a graduate student in the College of Natural Resources from Big Timber, Montana, and her team with the Environmental Science Club were awarded $2,630 for their project to install 20 motion sensors on lights in hallways and common areas of the Wallace Residence Center on campus. This project will serve as a pilot to test the efficiency of the light sensors and electrical use.
Biodiesel Fueling Pump: Melissa Marsing, a junior in chemical engineering from Jerome, and her team with the Vandal Clean Energy Club were awarded $1,962.65 to install a B100 biodiesel fueling station behind the James Martin Laboratory to serve the Biodiesel Education Program and university energy plant vehicles.
Bioconversion of Compost: Kimia Kajbaf Shiraz, a doctoral student in Animal and Veterinary Science from Iran, was awarded $1,354 to design an efficient organic waste management system that uses fly larvae to bio-convert compost, collected from Vandals Dining, into high-quality larvae. This locally grown larvae will save $5,000 annually and provide U of I’s Aquaculture Research Institute with a sustainable and ecofriendly fish food source.
Reduce by Reuse: Michelle Benedum, a graduate student in the College of Natural Resources from North Lewisburg, Ohio, was awarded $550 to create a program between campus vendors and students by re-establishing and promoting discounts for patrons who bring their own reusable beverage containers. Benedum will also offer students reusable beverage containers in exchange for a small donation to one of three environmental nonprofit organizations.
Janssen Water Refill Station: Andrea Boyd, a junior in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Coeur d’Alene, was awarded $1,600 to install an Elkay EZH20 Bottle Refill Station on the main floor of the Janssen Engineering Building on campus in order to promote water conservation and a reduction in single-use water bottles.
A student-led organization, the Sustainability Center supports efforts to create an active culture of sustainability and is committed to developing and maintaining healthful, educational living environments while fully integrating sustainable practices at U of I. More information about campus sustainability efforts is available by contacting the Sustainability Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or uidaho.edu/sustainability.
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