Project Leads: Rebecca Anderson & Ian Baldridge
Sponsor: Environment, Health & Safety
TGIF Grant: $10,000
Project Theme: Education & Behavior Change
2008 Application Submission
Project Description: Occupants of University Hall undertook a series of sustainability initiatives with gaining LEED EB certification as the end goal. This project applied for points in "Energy & Atmosphere: optimize energy performance", "Materials & Resources: solid waste management", "Indoor Environmental Quality: entryway systems", and "Innovation in Operations: communication, education". The project replaced inefficient appliances, implemented a composting system, put up window film, and hosted sustainable coffee hours in University Hall.
Goals: Reduce University Hall's carbon footprint by using student and staff efforts to integrate sustainable practices into building operations, and then communicating those efforts as a model for other campus buildings in developing sustainable operations. Assist UC Berkeley in reaching its Cal-CAP goals. Assist UC Berkeley in meeting UCOP Green Building Initiatives. Measure and record kilowatt hours saved, waste diverted from landfills, and indoor air quality improvement post-implementation of sustainability initiatives. Hire a student intern. Conduct education and outreach for University Hall occupants. Reduce electricity costs of refrigerators by $750/year.
Several projects in University Hall have been completed on the path to LEED:EBOM certification, including the replacement of several inefficient appliances, application of window film to cut down on heat and glare, and a green coffee hour outreach event held in December for all building occupants. After a series of such sustainability education events, the project team realized that more information needed to be made available to building occupants to change behavior. For this purpose money has been re-allocated to develop a website and additional publicity materials, which will continue to be designed through the beginning of the fall semester.
2009 Year-End Report
Appliance Replacement: A total of 11 refrigerators were disposed of and replaced with 7 energy star model refrigerators based on the appliance audit conducted by Building Sustainability @ Cal during 2008-2009. In addition, the 3rd floor break-room inefficient coffee maker and hotplate were replaced with an energy efficient model coffee maker and electric hot water kettle.
Task Lighting: Approximately 300 task lights were purchased and distributed to building occupants. This resulted in increased enthusiasm in building occupants, and reduced usage of overhead lighting, which had energy saving and ergonomic benefits. The distribution of task lights fulfilled a LEED Credit for Existing Buildings, Operations & Maintenance Certification (IEQ credit 2.2).
Window Film Pilot Project: This project is in the beginning phases. Two offices on the 3rd floor have been retrofitted with window film with good results. Feedback from the occupants suggested that the window film helped to reduce heat loading in the summer as well as glare from direct sun. This summer, the remaining offices on 3rd floor will be retrofitted with window film.
Outreach / Education: Two "Green Coffee Hour" events have been held in the building, one each year since TGIF granted the building funding. The University Hall "Green Coffee Hour" has been an event where occupants can come and gather to discuss sustainability- both for in the office and at home- and enjoy a mid-afternoon snack and coffee. The event includes educational material showcases by vendors in the sustainable field) and campus groups which support sustainability.
The University Hall Going Green! project has plans to complete the two outstanding project components (Outreach/Education and Window Film Pilot Project) by Fall, 2010. Pending results of the building commissioning, University Hall is planning on submitting documentation for LEED-EBOM certification by January, 2011 (Note: This has been delayed.)
2010 Year-End Report
The project leaders
Finished installations of window film in offices throughout University Hall with the help of Green Campus.
Promotional and Educational Materials
Final Project Timeline
|Summer 2008||Materials purchased for window film.|
|Fall 2008||BS@C students conducted a survey of break room and personal appliances, identifying potential replacements for old, non-energy efficient models. Individuals with personal appliances (focusing on refrigerators) were encouraged to instead share appliances with larger populations.|
|Began developing website content; discussed with IST the potential for having their department create the website. Determined that having IST involved in design was too expensive.|
|Winter 2008||Held the first Green Coffee Hour for University Hall, showcasing task lighting and sustainable practices.|
|Summer 2012||Outreach was conducted to various departments who owned appliances identified as needing to be replaced. Replacements were made as necessary, including:|
|Room 140 previously had 2 personal refrigerators with a combined 911 kwh/year (estimated). These refrigerators were replaced with one 18.2 ft3 standard refrigerator (energy star certified) with an estimated 383 kwh/year.|
|Room 171 previously had 4 personal refrigerators and one standard size refrigerator with a combined kwh/year of 3269 (estimated). This was replaced with one energy star refrigerator with an estimated 400 kwh/year.|
|The School of Public Health Library had one standard size refrigerator that was manufactured in 1984; this refrigerator used an estimated 1345 kwh/year and was replaced with an energy star certified 18.2 ft3 standard refrigerator with an estimated 383 kwh/year.|
|The 3rd floor had 2 older standard size refrigerators replaced with energy star models and had an older, large coffee maker replaced with a new smaller version as well as an energy efficient hot pot.|
|The refrigerator in 615 was replaced with a 4.09 ft3 energy star qualified refrigerator which uses approximately 270 kwh/yr.|
|The 2nd floor had older, non-energy star compliant refrigerator (Haier Model BC-111) 4 replaced with a 4.4 ft3 Danby energy star model which uses 275 kwh/year.|
|Spring 2009||Met with Innovative Design, a student design group interested in designing the University Hall website. Unfortunately Innovative Design was not available in the summer and the lack of content slowed progress- website project was cancelled.|
|Summer 2009||Window film application was tested in one office. Occupant reported rave reviews.|
|Fall 2009||A sign-up sheet for "DIY" window film was circulated. Efforts were made to provide the DIY volunteers with training and materials for window film application. This effort resulted in a decrease in volunteer enthusiasm after seeing the amount of skill and effort involved.|
|Winter 2009||Second Green Coffee Hour held.|
|Spring 2011 – Summer 2011||Student intern hired to coordinate sustainability education for University Hall. Student intern was able to produce monthly newsletters, FAQ sheets and posters for the building.|
|Fall 2011||Window film installation completed by GO! Team. A total of 12 offices had window film installed on the 3rd floor.|
The project had four distinct parts, each with their own accomplishments.
This project is expected to save money annually due to: