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Previous Student Sustainability Grants & Recipients

2018

SLC Compost

Gives SLC Residents access to rent out 1-gallon compost bins.

Keep Logan Clear

Campus wide Marketing Campaign to Keep Logan Clear during the winter month. Promotional material to carpool, and alternative transportation.

Plastic Recycling (Extruder) Take 2

Creating a machine that can take plastic and extrude it into smaller pieces that can then be used in a 3-D printer

TBR Fix-It Shop

This is for funding of an OPD Intern to work with TBR and create a Fix-It store similar to that of Worn wear. This is to help start the position, the hope is that it will be self funded once the word gets out about this new service.

Sustainable Luau

The Polynesian student union puts on a Luau every year celebrating there culture. Its a Luau with great food, music, and dance traditions. This year the team wanted to create this as a sustainable event. That included composting, recyclable material, and education. Also a highlight of the Luau was a reusable fashion show.

Huntsman Hall no idling campaign

This project is designed to help raise awareness to the no idling campaign that Logan and the University have. Students in the Eco-Reps course are going to create a no idling campaign for the huntsman hall and agriculture school drop off area. There will be stickers to pass out to students, and Facebook ads to raise awareness of the issue.

Faculty Compost pilot program

Composting at USU has never been very successful. This Grant is to fund a pilot program for Faculty and QCNR Grad students to try small scale post-consumer waste. If this is successful hopefully the program can grow across campus. 

UCC Compost Upgrade

The Utah Conservation Corp, has grown into the headquarters for the new UCC Community Garden. With this the Composting needed an upgrade. This grant is to help fund educational material for the crews running out of the UCC as well as updating the composting equipment on site.

Restoration of Historical Rock Garden

The goal of this project is to restore a neglected part of campus to its former function and splendor, while also adding educational value for students attending Utah State University. The Rock Garden, also known as the Laval Morris Garden, is located north of the Student Living Learning Center (LLC) and Aggie Parking Terrace.

2017

Connections Sustainability Day

This year, in order to make this event another big success and tap into this great potential for engaging new USU students with sustainability, we are requesting funds for canoes and paddle boards. This will be matched by a small budget that the Sustainability Council has allocated for the other needs of the event including a park rental fee, recycling bins, water, tables/chairs, ice cream, and a shuttle bus fee. In order to have canoeing and paddle boarding available, we will need $196.80.

Sustainable Dinner

Many students don’t understand what sustainable food is, why it is important to buy sustainable food, and how easy and cheap it can actually be to buy sustainable food. Many students also do not understand the great environmental benefits that come with purchasing sustainable food, reducing food waste, and eating vegetarian or vegan meals. This event is meant to be educational for students on these issues. It will also celebrate World Vegan Day (November 1st).

Zimride Ads

One of these small steps is promoting and encouraging programs that can reduce the amount of air pollution. Zimride is a program that has been purchased by Utah State University through Enterprise to help encourage students to carpool. It makes it easy, efficient, and fun to share a ride to locations both within and without the state of Utah. The problem is most students don't know it exists. My project will advertise this program on USU buses to inform students of the options available to them. It will put two signs on every Aggie Shuttle (10-12 buses) from October to February. The more students that carpool, the more we will be contributing to better air quality in Cache Valley

Earth Day 2017

This grant not only request the funding necessary to expand and enhance USU’s 2017 celebration to a campus-wide festival, but it also establishes a structure and plan of action that will ensure the successful implementation of the various festival events.

Green Roof Display

Creating a tactile educational opportunities for the USU community on some water management. This can be used as a educational tool for professors on campus and other members of the community. It will help people learn more about water quality and how they can implement better storm water management techniques in their own home.

Recycle Sensors

This sensor will trigger a voice recording applauding the people for recycling. In hopes of grabbing the people's attention, the sensor will bring more awareness to new interpretative signage for recycling disposal and therefore have more of an effect on improving the contamination rate.h

Organic Farm Enhancements

BGG grant funding will enable the farm to purchase seeds for the 2017 season and a weed whacker so that the farm will operate efficiently and at its maximum potential. The weed whacker will improve the interest and opportunities for volunteering by eliminating manual pulling of weeds, grass, and residual crops, and enabling potential volunteers with physical limitations. The seeds will also be a source of education and hands-on experience for students. Farm managers and interns will use seeds in the Farm Practicum curriculum (PSC4900)to teach students planting and harvesting techniques in Spring, Summer, and Fall sessions.

Hoop House for SNAC

A hoop house is a simple and cheap greenhouse design that will be an effective avenue to provide fresh produce to students who desire to live healthily, but cannot afford market prices. Approximately half of the students attending USU display the financial need for a food pantry, yet we provide them with few options through a completely volunteer supported program in the form of sodium-loaded canned foods and refined sugars and carbohydrates (pastries and bread), and packaged day-old food.

2016

Pow-Wow Green Event

This grant will be for “greening” and combating the amount of waste at this year’s Pow Wow. The funds from this grant will be used to help purchase compostable ware and posters on what to recycle at the event. With over 1,500 people in attendance, this is the largest event held at USU centered on cultural diversity. Unfortunately, this event has not had recycling in the past and normally generates over 1.5tons of waste over the two-day period from the taco stand alone. In addition to that waste, over 2,500 aluminum cans and 600 water bottles are thrown into the garbage.

Campus Fixation

Hundreds of students gained access to a bike repair stand, tools, and pump. This is especially useful because the location of the SLC is far from Aggie Blue Bikes where students can have access to this very same equipment and more; yet, the stand means that if your bike is not working or gets a flat at the SLC, students have an opportunity to fix it without having to transport it quite far to campus. I believe this saved student time in transportation and walking.

Art Truck

To engage students and help them think about clean energy, Blue Goes Green funds would be used to install solar panels on the roof of this truck. These panels will be tilted at the correct angles for maximum sun exposure when it is parked using a racking system. With the use of a power inverter, charge controller and battery, energy from the sun will be available as power in the truck.

2015

Electric Vehicle

This project provided several Campus groups an electric vehicle that allowed for further autonomy for sustainability events

Pump House Solar

This grant will be used to implement the first solar array on USU Logan campus. The solar array will come with interpretive signage diagramming the power output and carbon emissions reduction of the panels. n addition to the installation, an IRB certified survey will be administered to various individuals on campus. This survey will focus on gaining an on-campus view of people’s perceptions of renewable energy and environmental behaviors.

Towers Recycling Bins

In an effort to make the Towers a more sustainable living community, I propose that we purchase recycling bins for the common areas of each floor. Currently, the Towers (Valley View and Mountain View) do not have recycling containers in their common areas. Each floor has a small community kitchen with a community garbage can but nowhere for residents to put their recyclables. Most waste we produce at home is produced in the kitchen, and the main reason people do not recycle is inconvenience. If we provide recycling containers in these areas, residents are likely to use them.

LAEP Solar

The LAEP department recently completed the renovation of a residence on 700 N to house visiting faculty and hold departmental events. Five 250-watt rooftop photovoltaic panels were installed as part of the renovation of the residence. These solar panels have the potential to serve as valuable educational tools to aid students and the general public in their comprehension of this alternative energy source.

2014

Improved Winter Biking Initiative

In an effort to increase winter bicycle commuting and reduce air pollution, this proposal outlines a plan to increase winter ridership through the purchase of winter bike accessories and bike computers. Funds will also be used for a seminar series on winter biking. The bike computers will be used to gather info on the effectiveness of the program.

Replacing Street Lights to Reduce Pollution

Replacement of four street lamps in the Industrial Science lot with better shielded LED fixtures, which will greatly reduce the light pollution and decrease the cost of night-time lighting. In addition, this project will improve conditions for the USU observatory and improve safety.

Aggies Recycle

1,000 13-quart recycling bins to be distributed to incoming freshmen during Connections. Students will complete a survey at the beginning and end of the fall semester. This project increased recycling behavior among incoming freshmen.

Water Bottle Filling Station in Engineering

Two additional water bottle filling stations in ENGR. This project will support the University's goal to reduce waste, improve tap water accessibility, and foster a sustainable culture. 

Aggie Blue Bikes Tandem Bikes

Replace tandems in an effort to increase the number of tandem check-outs and increase miles ridden on tandems. Tandems can serve as a catalyst for using bikes for sustainable transportation.

Composting for USU

Installation of three Earth Tub composting bins. Each tub can compost up to 150 lbs. of organic waste per day. This grant also brought opportunities for students to volunteer.

Residential Service and Sustainability Institute

EcoHouse Themed Housing & increased student involvement in the sustainability movement. Specifically, these funds will go toward the continuation of the EcoHouse, implementation of the sustainability strategic plan for the LLC, and improvement and implementation of sustainability curriculum.

Recycling Bin Placement

Purchase and installation of 115 new recycling bins for the TSC and Merrill Cazier Library. Bin stations will include three gray bins with interchangeable lids labeled "paper","glass, plastic, aluminium", and "trash". The project will increase efficiency and amount of recycling on campus.

2013

High Efficient Water Facets 

Adel Abdallah - Spring 2013
Installing six automatic faucets in the college of natural resources, in order to reduce water consumption.

Three Bike Bicycle Rack For USU Buses

Matthew Stapp - Spring 2013
Fitting six Aggie Shuttles with new, high quality, three bike bicycle racks instead of two bike bicycle racks. 

Compost Bins At The Aggie Village

Crista Sorenson - Spring 2013
Placing two compost bins at the Aggie Village housing complex for residents to use.

Psychological Mechanisms Of Green Behavior

William Brady DeHart, Jonathan E. Friedel and Salif Mahamane - Spring 2013
Designing and installing software to test the psychology behind 'green' behavior in USU students.

Aquaponics 

The goal of this project is to build a portable aquaponics system for display in the Engineering building atrium. By circulating water from fish tanks through planting beds, a self­contained system that maintains clean water for aquaculture while providing nutrients for plants can be constructed. Predicted outcomes of the project are positive perceptions among engineers of sustainable engineering, instruction to passersby of aquaponics’ potential for water conservation, and facilitate visual and kinesthetic learning about sustainable system design.

Daylight Harvesting And De-Lamping The Merrill Cazier Library 

Energy­saving initiative to install 15 daylight harvesting sensors in parts of the Merril­Crazier Library, de­lamping 96 unnecessary lamps. Daylight harvesting refers to the method where a control system is installed to reduce the use of artificial lighting when natural lighting is available. In other words, lights will automatically turn off or dim when sufficient natural lighting is detected. Overall goal is to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emission, contribute to making the library "smart," and collect data for research and decisions on future projects. Expected savings of $3,650 and 33 tons of CO2 per year.

Blue Goes Dry! - Anhydrous Sanitation

The purpose of this work is to construct two side­by­side latrines (one for composting and one for desiccating), to compare performance and efficiency for nutrient recovery from wastes generated from the field crews and staff of the Utah Conservation Corps work force when in Logan between field excursions. These water­conservative latrines will provide unique research, instructional and technology transfer opportunities and demonstrate the value of nutrient recovery and recycling. Additionally, there would be an estimated 11,740 gallons of water saved, as well as 356 grams of phosphorus and 1,777 grams of nitrogen could be potentially prevented from entering the Logan Lagoons.

True Blue Reuse

True Blue Reuse is the USU student thrift store, originally funded by and created with an SS Grant. Encourages students to have more sustainable habits and proceeds go to a club through the Val R. Christensen Service Center. 

2012

Bicycle Trailer

Chris Binder - Fall 2012
"We believe that supplying Aggie Blue Bikes with a bicycle trailer will decrease the difficulties that bicycle transportation may impose on some populations within our community, thereby increasing bicycle community and alternative uses of bicycles as a transportation option."

TSC Bicycle Racks

Crista Sorenson, Emily Blake, Chris Binder - Fall 2012
"We believe that installing additional bike racks will ease the strain on bike infrastructure on campus, encourage an increase in bicycle commuting, protect campus and personal property, and reduce the substantial carbon emissions that result from traditional commuting practices here in Logan." 

Solar Algal Dryer

Ron Christiansen of the College of Engineering was awarded $4,380 for the Solar Algal Dryer project that combines the efforts of student and faculty researchers to create a prototype process to reduce fossil fuel consumption, create biofuel, and improve water quality for the USU BioEnergy Research Team. 

USU Campus Recreation Master Plan Proposal

David Smith was awarded $10,000 to implement a planning process will look at current the needs and the future needs of students for recreation for open spaces, water and energy conservation opportunities and further establish the goal of helping students be “Fun-Fit Forever Sustainability, the key for life- long fitness”. 

2011

Solar Air Heater

Mitchell Bullough of the College of Engineering was awarded $630 for a Solar Air Heater project that has been designed to decrease the energy requirements for heating buildings on campus.

Student Organic Farm Education

Amanda Hawks of the College of Agriculture was awarded $2,002.57 to expand the USU Student Organic Farm’s efforts provide education and information to the USU community about sustainable agriculture and local, healthy food alternatives.

Edith Bowen Greenhouse Pt 1

Ethan DeVilbiss of the College Natural Resources was awarded $3,975 to create an educational organic garden at Edith Bowen Laboratory School.
College of Education article

Water Bottle Filling Stations 

Brooke Evans of the College of Natural Resources was awarded $15,300 to expand the availability of water bottle filling stations to more locations around campus in order to encourage local tap water use, thus reducing bottle waste and lower the carbon footprint of our campus.

Bicycle Maintenance Stations

Jared Stapp of the College of Natural Resources was awarded $2,486 to implement bicycle tool stands permanently mounted to the cement, with all the necessary tools needed to fix most common problems, hanging from metal cables.