Creating an eco home
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!
Building a solar cart
This is a test project.
This project was inspired by the concept of vertical farming is the concept of building up rather than across. It is a skyscraper with floors upon floors of crops being grown hydroponically year round. The use of pesticides, herbicides and fungicides can be kept to a bare minimum by growing plants indoors in a controlled environment. Therefore reducing the number of spoilage. Also less water can be used with proper recycling techniques followed.
Joining a City & Regional Planning group in an annual trip to Ghana, ESW OSU's president Adam Sauer will be installing a Solar Powered device charging booth in a market in the Offinso North District of Ghana. Many residents of this region own mobile devices such as cell phones and laptops, but have to national grid connectivity. This Solar Power booth will provide employment for operation in the market, and will reduce the miles of travel some take daily in order to charge their devices. System includes conversion to AC to match grid specification of that region.
The Solar Decathlon 2011 is an international competition held by the Department of Energy that challenges twenty university teams to design and build the most efficient, affordable, and attractive net-zero solar-powered house. Caltech has been selected as one of the twenty finalists in the 2011 competition and will be building its house on the National Mall in September 2011. The team is working with the Southern California Institute of Architecture to produce an awe-inspiring house and win the competition next year.
This is the business plan for Urbanize Pittsburgh, a development corporation that seeks to reduce air pollution from transportation and commuting. We will do this by creating housing opportunities that will attract young professionals and retirees to urban ares and creating interest-based communities that will tie these new urban dwellers to their local neighborhood.
Attached is the third draft of a business plan for Better Bikes. Better Bikes is a service that provides two-stroke engine retrofit kits, training and community outreach, which are cost effective, educational, and environmentally conscious, for automotive technicians and mechanics in developing countries, and thereby improves local sustainability and reduces emissions by building local capacity. Better Bikes is unique in its low cost, locally recognized products, distributed by local technicians.
There are multiple washer and dryer rooms in the tunnels under the dorms that the residence use. All the exhaust systems for the dryers in that room are connected to a main exhaust vent. The vent outlet is visible outside the dorms; there is an exhaust vent going outside for every washer/dryer room. Our team would like to reuse this heat for a purpose inside the dorms instead of it going to waste. This has a significant environmental impact due to the magnitude and usage of these dorm dryers.
The ESW-Pitt sustainable design team will be working with the city of McKeesport during the 2012-2013 school year with the goal of improving one of the city's parks, Renziehausen Park. During the fall, we wrote a proposal to improve the quality of Lake Emilie by re-installing the fountain, removing algae buildup, cleaning up the pavement around the lake, installing an aerator, re-locating the duck populations and renting out the space for special occasions. This spring, we will be writing a proposal to renovate a community center in the park.