This year’s conference is being held in Los Angeles October 14-17th.
Last October and November, Cal’s Greek community hosted its first energy savings competition between fraternities and sororities. Green Cup 2011 challenged 18 chapters to reduce their per-capita electricity and natural gas consumption while offering a $2,000 grand prize to fund a sustainability-related retrofit of the winning chapter house.
The competition idea was incubated in ER 190, a behavior and sustainability seminar co-taught by Energy and Resources Ph.D candidates Joe Kantenbacher and Chris Jones last spring. A team of four students worked with student organizations Greening the Greeks and Green Campus throughout the semester to plan the competition which would be hosted in Fall 2011. Green Campus also received an $8,740 grant from The Green Initiative Fund to fund prizes, publicity, and free supplies for all participating chapters.
Each participating chapter was represented by an appointed sustainability chair that was responsible for educating and motivating his/her chapter members to reduce their electricity and natural gas consumption. All chairs were trained by Greening the Greeks and Green Campus with educational presentations and easy tips to pass along to their members. Educational materials were tailored to focus on issues pertaining to the Greek community, including lighting, laundry, and power strips.
All chapters were required to submit energy consumption data from PG&E for October and November of 2009 and 2010 in order to calculate chapter-specific consumption baselines. Energy consumption during the competition was compared to this baseline to assess percent change in per-capita consumption. Changes in electricity and natural gas consumption were weighted equally when determining a winner.
Phi Gamma Delta (Fiji) fraternity was recently announced as the winner of Green Cup 2011 after reducing their per-capita electricity consumption by 40% and natural gas consumption by 24%. According to Green Campus, the residential halls usually see a 10% reduction in electricity consumption during their Black Out Battle competitions. Fiji’s sustainability Chair Chris Ackman regularly sent e-mail reminders and gave educational presentations during his chapter’s weekly meeting. Additionally, he replaced over 50 incandescent bulbs with CFLs and turned off a large, unused refrigerator.
Kappa Alpha (KA) fraternity and Chi Omega sorority additionally had impressive results. KA reduced their per-capita electricity/natural gas consumption by 38% and 23% respectively, putting them in second-place. Chi Omega was the top performing sorority, reducing per-capita electricity/natural gas consumption by 20% and 29% respectively. In total, the 18 participating chapters avoided 11 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions and saved over 29,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity, 660 Therms of natural gas, and $5,600 in utility bills.
Greening the Greeks and Green Campus look forward to organizing another successful Green Cup next year! For additional information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
Article by Kelley Doyle
Background: The Sustainability Map project received a 2011 TGIF grant to create an interactive web-based campus sustainability map for UC Berkeley. This project began as a class project in the Building Sustainability @ Cal service learning class, but has evolved into an independent initiative that could greatly increase the knowledge about and utilization of the many diverse aspects of sustainability on campus. The project’s purpose is to bring together the disaggregated information about the many diverse aspects of sustainability on campus into one user-friendly, interactive map that will allow users to view the location of, and information about, those sustainability features. Such information is currently dispersed across many different websites, making a comprehensive picture of the many different aspects of sustainability on campus difficult to obtain. This resource would compile that information into a centralized resource, presenting a holistic picture of campus sustainability.
Goals: Gather information about UC Berkeley’s campus sustainability efforts and compile them into one user-friendly interactive map that will allow viewers to click on the features and see both the campus locations and feature description. Publish the map on a UC Berkeley web page that will allow viewers to turn on and off different “layers” of the map. Record internet traffic of the map. Continue to update the map as UC Berkeley expands its sustainability efforts.
Click here to view the UC Berkeley Sustainability Map! Click on and off the different layers to see features such as bike racks, composting, and green buildings!
This project primarily addresses the issues of education and accessibility. As a centralized resource that describes many different aspects of campus sustainability, it will educate people about the wide variety of ways in which sustainability is embodied on campus, opening their eyes to the campus’ holistic approach. In becoming more educated about sustainability on campus, people will become more likely to engage with the opportunities to act sustainably. For example, the map may reveal to somebody that bike racks exist right by their class, influencing them to bike, rather than to drive.
Furthermore, the map will have a strong demonstrative value that reveals the campus’ deep commitment to sustainability. When a campus invests in resources related to sustainability, it illustrates that sustainability is a priority, developing the campus’ reputation as a leader in that field, and attracting people and students who want to be a part of that mission. As an informative map revealing the wide variety of sustainable features on campus, the map will not only educate people about campus sustainability, thus increasing their likelihood of engaging with the opportunities for sustainability, but also demonstrate the university’s commitment to making the most of its sustainable infrastructure and initiatives.
In celebration of International Women’s Day on Thursday (3/8), the Campus Bike Initiative invites you to join us for our Women on the Move workshop, an urban cycling empowerment workshop for women. We’ll be gathering on Thursday at noon on the 1st floor of Eshleman (ASUC senate chamber). Men outnumber women as bike commuters, in the Bay Area & nationwide. Would you like to change that? Would you & your friends like to do more of your trips on bike? Have ideas about how to get more women onto bikes? Do you have a female friend who is thinking about bike commuting? – bring her along! This workshop will combine practical commute tips with time for discussion about issues relevant to female cyclists. We’ll tailor the discussion to the interests of participants, ranging from instructional topics such as commute gear and route-finding to discussion of women-friendly bike shops, why we have chosen to ride, and things that can be done to encourage more of our sisters to do the same. Come with ideas, questions, opinions, and be ready for great discussion! If you have a chance, check out this short article from the SF Streets Blog about women cycling & come with your opinions. Reminder that the next traffic skills class is being held on Monday – full calendar for the rest of the term is below.
Schedule for the rest of the semester:
Mon. 3/5, 3-5pm, Part I (Barrows 151)
Mon. 4/2, 3-5pm, Part I (Barrows 151)
Sat. 4/14, 9am-2:30pm, Part II Road Skills (Wheeler 101)
Thurs. 4/26, 3-5pm, Part I (Barrows 60)
Mon. 5/7, 3-5pm, Part I (location tbd)
Other Meetings, Events, & Workshops:
Tues. 3/20, 6pm – Mthly Campus Bike Initiative meeting (111 LeConte)
Tues. 4/17, 6pm – Mthly Campus Bike Initiative meeting (111 LeConte)
Tues. 4/24, 5pm – Team Bike Challenge meet & greet (Free Speech Movement Café)
Mon. 4/23, noon – Commute Tips (1st fl. Eshleman, senate chamber)
Thurs. 5/10 – Bike to Work Day
Do you remember how it felt to get back into bicycling as an adult? When asked that question, most bike riders tend to respond the same way — “It made me feel young again.” On Bike to Work Day this May, thousands of commuters are going to experience that exuberance when they get back in the saddle for the first time in years. We need just a few hours of your time — as an EBBC member — to step up as an Outreach Captain and share with these new riders how every day can become Bike to Work Day!
Volunteer outreach is the most effective way to keep the EBBC community growing, and Bike to Work Day is our biggest outreach event of the year. The number of new members who sign up for better bicycling on May 10th will determine the scale of our advocacy work for the entire year. In 2012, our bike advocacy goals are bigger than ever – we’re going to need your help to make them possible.
Volunteer Captain Trainings
March 13 and April 3 at 6:30pm
Berkeley Bikestation, 2208 Shattuck Ave
Sign up at ebbc.org/outreachcaptain
February was quite the busy month for the Sustainable Laundry Campaign! Although Green Campus interns applied static cling stickers to all the washing machines and Laundry Tip posters to all the laundry rooms in the undergraduate campus housing Units 1 – 5 in January, that still left a huge segment of campus housing units untouched. Each week in February, interns Kimberly Lam and Felicia Tan targeted a different area. In just one afternoon, they hit over 25 laundry rooms in the University Village family housing in Albany and placed over 130 static-cling stickers for these residents! In the following weeks, interns made their way to Manville Apartments on Channing Way & Shattuck Avenue, the Jackson-Ida Graduate House on College Avenue, the Channing-Bowditch Apartment Suites, and the Smyth-Fernwald Family Housing up on the hill near Clark Kerr. In total, the Laundry Campaign reached 34 laundry rooms and 175 washing machines just in February alone!
We are also in the midst of compiling pre-implementation survey data from the family and graduate housing units. Two lucky participants will be receiving a $25 laundry gift card for their laundry rooms, donated by Web Laundry, and three second place winners will be receiving a stainless steel water bottle and reusable bag! Thanks to everyone who participated in our surveys to gather laundry data, and stay tuned next month for survey and winner results!
Article by UC Berkeley Green Campus
Green Campus project End the Cycle- Sustainable Laundry Campaign is a winner of a 2010 TGIF Grant.