Building Sustainability at Cal
Project Leads: Laura Moreno, Kameron Kitajima, Irene Seliverstov
TGIF Grant: $25,000
Project Theme: Energy Conservation & Efficiency
Project Description: The Building Sustainability @ Cal Program trains and utilizes students to help reduce the environmental footprint of buildings by educating building inhabitants as well as identifying structural and operational changes that can be made within the buildings. Goals were reached through the establishment of two service learning classes and the hiring of student interns.
Goals: Design educational projects, perform waste and energy audits, and design sustainability plans of action for nine campus buildings: LeConte, Birge, University, VLSB, Haas, Stanley, Wurster, Hearst Mining, and Evans. Set baseline measurements with pre-project audits and compare with post-project data provided by PP-CS. Reduce the energy, waste, water, transportation, climate change, and consumption impacts of these nine buildings and their inhabitants. Aim for 3-30% reduction in each building’s water and energy usage. Assist UC Berkeley in attaining goals set by the Cal Climate Action Partnership. Assist staff with assessing buildings for LEED EB certification. Bring together students, faculty, and staff in a unique service-learning environment. Develop class curricula and recruit students for class. Hire student interns for each building.