Sustainability in the Cal Greeks Community

Project Lead: Cole Triebold; Sierra Westhem

Sponsor: Engineers for a Sustainable World 

TGIF Grant: $5,500

Project Theme: Energy Efficiency and Conservation 

Project Location: Delta Gamma Sorority House

2015 Application Submission

Status: In Progress

Project Description: The Sustainability in the Cal Greeks Community team will install water aerators, motion sensor light switches, and LED lighting in order to improve energy efficiency and decrease water consumption. After doing this, they will compare energy and water usage data in order to calculate the reduced costs due to the changes. Finally, they will hold sessions at each participating house and educate members of the Greek community about the project and the positive environmental changes that can be made.

Goals: Decrease energy usage in participating Greek houses. Decrease water use in participating houses. Raise awareness about products that have the potential to vastly decrease energy and water consumption that are also economically competitive. Educate houses on sustainable practices. Inspire change across the UC Berkeley campus with participating houses serving as an example.
 
Timeline:

Task

Expected or Actual Completion Date

Begin project. Find wasteful practices prevalent in the UC  Berkeley Greek community

November 2014

Begin audits on houses

March 2015

Begin Educational Outreach

April 2015

Present our project at ESW    National Conference

April 2015

Research alternative methods of sustainable practices and check for reductions in prices of lighting, aerators, etc.

August 2015

Receive first installment of TGIF funds. Begin purchasing materials and distribute them to houses.

November 2015

Finish first house retrofit

End of November 2015

Continue retrofitting houses until funds are expended

January/February 2015

Begin teaching about project at the ESW Decal

January 2016

Collect/ analyze energy and water consumption. Compare to previous statistics and calculate the amount of money, energy, and water saved.

January 2016

Finish final research and show the Greek community the advantages of utilizing sustainable practices. Use remaining TGIF funds to create posters to give to involved houses.

February 2016

Submit final project paper to TGIF

March 2016


 
Accomplishments:
  • Received full approval to retrofit houses
  • Audits being completed week prior to installation
  • Finished retrofitting Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity with lights, and project leaders hope to do water aerators soon
  • Finished audit of Kappa Alpha Fraternity, and installation took place in January 2016. 
Challenges:
  • Finalizing list of houses
  • Getting approval from home owners
  • Understanding method of purchasing materials
  • Different houses need different types of lights
  • Buying the materials and then getting reimbursed quickly enough to stay within the timeline
Timeline Progress: Initial estimate of lights in each house was a bit conservative, and houses are in need of more lights than project leaders originally thought. Because of this, project will most likely end up retrofitting more houses than originally planned. So far, project has finished 1 house. 

Task

Timeframe (how long it will take to complete)

Status

Begin project. Find wasteful practices prevalent in the UC  Berkeley Greek community

1 month

Completed

Initial audits on houses

**Audits are now going on approximately 1 week prior to retrofitting houses

2 months

In Progress

Educational Outreach

Continuous

In Progress

Present our project at ESW National Conference

1 weekend

Completed

Research alternative methods of sustainable practices and check for reductions in prices of lighting, aerators, etc.

1 month

Completed

Receive first installment of TGIF funds. Begin purchasing materials and distribute them to houses.

2 weeks

In Progress

Begin teaching about project at the ESW Decal

*Decal was not funded and will not be created this year, instead we will be giving a presentation in one of our general body meetings this fall

N/A

Cancelled

Collect/ analyze energy and water consumption. Compare to previous statistics and calculate the amount of money, energy, and water saved.

2 Weeks

Planned for January 2016

Will most likely be delayed until March

Finish final research and show the Greek community the advantages of utilizing sustainable practices. Use remaining TGIF funds to create posters to give to involved houses.

2 Weeks

Planned for February 2016

Most likely delayed until March

Submit final project paper to TGIF

2 weeks

Planned for March 2016

Most likely delayed until April


Budget Update/Expenditures to Date:
  • No expenditures as of yet
  • Motion sensors will require a professional to install, but project is currently under budget so hiring a professional is feasible.
Metrics- Qualitative and/or Quantitative:
  • Successful poster presentation at ESW National Conference in Rochester, NY
  • Phi Gamma Delta (Fiji) Fraternity has 105 lights installed with more to be placed in rooms that were locked. Final numbers will be counted then. Audit of Kappa Alpha (KA) Fraternity has finished and project plans on installing 154 lights in KA. Also, project counted 6 shower heads that can be replaced for KA, and 9 water aerators for sinks.
  • Delta Gamma (Sorority Audit):

Downstairs Bathroom:

  • 2 CFL


Gnome Hall:

  • 3 CFL

  • 1 Incandescent


Chapter Room:

  • 19 Ceiling light (Not sure what type of light)

  • 3 CFL Light Lamps


“Little Girl’s Kitchen”:

  • 4 CFL

  • 2 Incandescent


Upstairs:

  • 9 CRI (Don’t know what it is but I think it’s efficient


Bathroom:

  • 23


Each Bedroom:

  • 2 Incandescent (1 Per Roommate)

     

  • 1 CFL Per Closet

  • 1 mercury light- 26-40 total (efficient)


Kitchen:

  • 4 CFLs (6 chandeliers)

  • 2 CFLs (2 Chandeliers)

  • 1 Chandelier had a light missing

Downstairs

  • 8 CFLs

  • 23 Incandescent

  • 1 CFL lamp

Date room:

  • 12 Halogen lamps

  • 2 CFLs

  • 1 incandescent


Education and Outreach materials:
  • Project will begin working on posters and presentations after they're finished retrofitting the houses.
  • ESW poster presentation raised awareness of project. Primary outreach begins once data has been collected.
 
 

Mission Statement

The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) provides funding for projects that reduce UC Berkeley's negative impact on the environment and make UC Berkeley more sustainable. TGIF will allocate funds to projects that promote sustainable modes of transportation, increase energy and water efficiency, restore habitat, promote environmental and food justice, and reduce the amount of waste created by UC Berkeley. Portions of the fund also support education and behavior change initiatives, student aid (via return to aid), and internships. TGIF is supported by student fees and administered through a student-majority committee and a program coordinator.