`Sustainable fund-raising' is nearly an oxymoron; nearly all fund-raising methods employed by clubs and schools involve the sale of some forgettable product, or require over-packaged foods to be shipped great distances. UB's Chapter of Engineers for a Sustainable World has taken a novel approach to fund-rasing with the creation of the `Solar Smoothie Cart', a PV powered food vending cart from which they sell smoothies.
ESW projects design, build, and implement solutions to sustainability issues, often with a focus on energy and the environment. Chapters select their own project topics and locations for implementation based on the interests of their members, and the resources and guidance available to them at their respective universities. Some chapters chose to focus primarily on sustainability issues on campus or in their local community, while others work to implement sustainable development solutions for communities in the developing world. Many have project portfolios that include a mix of local and international efforts. Topics vary widely across chapters, but include areas such as clean energy generation and energy savings, water and wastewater treatment/management, and the development of green infrastructure. To carry out these projects, chapters often partner with on-campus staff, community organizations, or other sustainability organizations that have experience and established relationships in the communities where they work.
You can view many of the projects completed or in progress in this directory, and we encourage you to contact the chapter to learn more or help implement a similar project where you are!
It is a mobile information station that is powered by a 240 watt monocrystalline photovoltaic module (solar panel). The module charges a 24 volt 100 Ah battery bank, which powers a 1500 watt inverter creating usable AC current. The unit has AC outlets to power user devices, a 32 inch LED monitor to display information, a weather proof audio system, and a pair of LED DJ lights.
This project is working in close relationship with University at Buffalo Facilities to install and collect data from high-tech hand dryers in high traffic bathrooms. A life cycle analysis (LCA) will be conducted on these data to determine the carbon footprint tradeoff between Dyson Airblade hand dryers and paper towels.
In 2011 ESW-Pitt members helped with a middle school field trip to a local conservatory. Students learned about the energy efficient aspects of the conservatory's design - it has several LEED-certified sections and a new Living Building, and is a superbly sustainability-conscious place. After their tour, we talked with them about where their energy comes from, and then did an activity with them to demonstrate the [in]efficiency of the electrical system - and eat some M&Ms at the same time.
Each year, UB's engineering clubs build robots to compete in Bot Wars as a part of Engineering Week. ESW's members put their engineering skills to work in order to construct a new bot every year and dominate the competition.
Engineers for a Suatianable World at UB is working on a project to work with elementary students around the buffalo area.
Pedal power is the transfer of energy from a human source through the use of a foot pedal and crank system. ESW-UB has created a system that drives a belt to turn a motor and generate electricity to a set of light bulbs. We use the bike at outreach events to show demonstrate to people how much energy electronics require.
The U.S. EPA’s Office of Water is announcing the Campus RainWorks Challenge for undergraduate and graduate students. We are invited to create an innovative green infrastructure design for our local campus building, Global Village, which recently finished construction in September 2010.
The Mailroom Campaign seeks to reduce the amount of junk mail Harvey Mudd receives by contacting companies that send unwanted magazines to students and alumni and asking those companies to remove the recipients from their mailing list. Through this project, Harvey Mudd will receive less junk mail making the job of mailroom workers easier and reducing unnecessary paper waste.
Designed site listing and site map for incoming freshmen to find sustainability sites on campus at their pre-arrival orientation. Marked the sites with eye-catching "Go Green" signs that give educational information relevant to the sustainable aspects of the site. Participants in the event, which runs at each of the 11 PittStart sessions throughout the summer are entered into a raffle to win a campus bike package.