Projects

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!

Please use the options below to confine your search. To view projects conducted by specific chapters please visit our chapter pages by traveling here. ESW Members can add projects by clicking here.

Create a structural sound frame for the solar powered smoothie cart!


Construct a vertical garden along Community Garden fence will limited budget and sustainable materials. 


ESW's newest project is to host 1-2 hour workshops every month to make the organization more accessible to members who cannot commit to the bigger projects within ESW. This allows busier members to still gain a hands-on approach to sustainability.
 


SunEdison and ESW nationals have formed a strategic partnership to support the significant expansion of renewable energy generation, creative improvements in power storage, and integrated resource management and microgrids. One motivation for this partnership is the recognition that 1.5 billion people currently live without access to electricity, and providing access to this basic resource can help spur sustainable economic and social growth.


ESW acquired a diesel powered van and converted it so that it runs on vegetable oil. Although the conversion is complete, there is still maintenance work to be done on the vehicle. This includes some engine work as well as some design work, both on the interior and the exterior.

Because the van only runs off of clean oil, our current goal is to be able to filter waste oil so that the van can use waste oil ideally from the campus dining halls. With this in mind, the Veggie Van team will be designing a waste vegetable oil filtration system.


Our mission is to improve and optimize solar oven designs in order to provide the third world with a cheap, sustainable, easy alternative to wood fired cooking. We are partnered with Grupo Fenix, an organization at the Universidad Nacional de Ingeneria in Managua, Nicaragua, and Las Mujeres Solares de Totogalpa, a women's collective in Sabana Grande, Nicaragua. Grupo Fenix works in rural areas to develop, implement and publicize renewable, sustainable solutions to energy needs in rural Nicaragua.


UIESW is helping to design and install rain gardens across the University of Iowa campus. The rapid development of campuses and cities across the country has caused a substantial increase in stormwater runoff from impervious surfaces. Working with the UI Office of Sustainability, UI Facilities Management, and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, UIESW is working to develop a sustainable stormwater management plan for the University of Iowa. As part of that plan, UIESW will be designing and constructing rain gardens at several locations throughout campus.


The main goal of UI-ESW's K-12 Outreach Program is to get kids fired up about engineering and sustainability. We have different Learning Modules that are geared towards different age groups, and everyone in our organization is trained to use them so that when an opportunity arises anyone can grab the kit and go- confident that all the learning materials are inside. Many of our demonstrations are for Go Girls! events or STEM Days aimed at getting middle school students interested in pursuing science.


 
ESW - UCSD is doing a feasibility study for renewable energy in San Diego. We will be studying Wind, Ocean, Biofuels, Solar, and Nuclear and finding out how they could be applied here.
There will be 4 different sessions. Students are broken into groups by energy source and will make presentations at 3 of the sessions.
Day 1: Introduction (April 11th)
This session will be dedicated to explaining expectations, forming teams, assigning different energy sources, and giving resources to guide students throughout the workshop .
Day 2: Technology (April 25th)


ESW-Pitt students developed and taught a 6 week course (2hrs/week) on the basics of sustainability to low-income middle and high school students in an after-school program. Topics covered were the 3 pillars of sustainability, food, energy (both supply and use), water, waste, and basic design ideas.


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