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Previous Student Sustainability Grants & Recipients


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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.


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.


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. 


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”. 


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.