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.

The idea behind the Human Powered Electricity Generator is to install kiosks of human powered generators in developing countries, specifically poor areas with high rates of unemployment and no electricity supply. People can come to the kiosks, generate electricity, and be paid according to the units of electricity they produce. The generated electricity will then be sold to surrounding households at a rate that covers the cost of paying people who generated the electricity in the first place.


We aim to install 2 small scale (200W) wind turbines in rural Nicaragua, using mostly locally sourced parts. We are partnered with Green Empowerment, an NGO in Oregon, and AsoFenix, an NGO in Nicaragua.


The alternative energy team at ESW-Pitt works on gathering energy from flowing fluids using non-turbine methods. Over the course of several years, they’ve worked on piezeoelectric, galloping, and vibratory systems in both water and air.


In partnership with the Oakland Planning and Development Corporation (OPDC), ESW-Pitt is hoping to undertake a green roof design project in the coming semesters. The project has been placed on hold as the two sides work to better understand the feasibility of the project.


To enable farmers in Langui to sell their milk and cheese products at the markets of Cuzco, a nearby tourist city, RPI-ESW Peru team has designed a simple, scalable, gravity-fed pasteurization system for the villagers.


Working in collaboration with General Electric and St. John's Episcopal Church of Troy, NY, the Haiti team successfully designed and implemented a small photovoltaic system for the School of the Holy Spirit in Lascahobas, Haiti. Their national unemployment rate is extremely high and the school believes knowledge of basic computing skills, like Microsoft Word and Excel, will help give its students a better chance for success. The solar array provides power for lighting and charging the laptops.


Thanks to a partnership between SunEdison and Engineers for a Sustainable World National, this team has been working hard on a proposal to study solar-powered ocean cargo ships. The team hopes to implement the grant for travel and study so that they can get a hands-on approach to solving the problem.


This project is focused on extracting oils from used coffee grounds around campus so to convert
it into bio-diesel.


We are working on composting the food waste in our dining hall. Pomona and Pitzer College (two of the other Claremont Colleges) already have composting. We are going to start with composting the kitchen prep material and taking it to the Pomona farm for composting. Our goal is to expand to post student food waste (like Pitzer College) and to set up a composting bins on the Mudd campus. We plan to take care of the kitchen prep waste at the beginning of next semester.


The goal of the Preuss School project is to teach children the importance of composting and
gardening and to inspire the children to be more environmentally friendly. This project is also
intended to bring more opportunities to these children.


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