CSU, Chico News

Sustainability Fund Allocation Committee Approves Proposals

Date: 05-02-2011

Joe Wills
Public Affairs
Deanna Voss, Public Relations Intern
AS Sustainability

The Sustainability Fund Allocation Committee approved student-driven sustainability project proposals during the spring 2011 funding cycle – awarding $68,914 to 13 projects. The committee has granted a total of $79,586 to 18 projects this fiscal year.

Approved projects and a brief overview of each are listed below:

  • Adventure Outings Worm Bin – A worm bin will be purchased for composting food waste after trips. The worm bin for composting will also serve as an educational opportunity for Adventure Outings participants to learn more about alternative forms of waste management.
  • Adventure Outings Yurt – The Adventure Outings Yurt located in Butte Meadows will be rebuilt after falling to disrepair. The yurt will also get an EPA-rated wood stove, eco-friendly insulation and “leave no trace” signs for hikers.
  • Ceramic Water Filter Project – Ceramic water filters will be created, promoted and distributed throughout the campus and eventually shared with the community of Tela, Honduras. The Sustainable Engineering and Environmental Health for Development (SEEHD) student organization is working toward partnering with developing communities abroad to bring sustainable aid in the form of waste water treatment, solid waste management, health education and potable water filtration.
  • California State Sustainability Coalition Convergence – CSU, Chico will host a CSSC Convergence in fall 2011 consisting of a weekend filled with student- and alumni-led workshops focusing on a range of issues related to sustainability, a current event panel, a keynote speaker and organized systemwide caucuses for UC, CSU, community college and high school students.
  • Free Ride/Student Shuttle –Awarded funds to ensure and maintain the existing year-round, free ride transit service on the B-Line for CSU, Chico students for the 2011-2012 school year.
  • Gateway Garden – An educational community garden will be created at CSU, Chico’s Gateway Science Museum. The garden will use volunteers and is designed to minimize the use of water, energy and waste generation.
  • Habitat for Humanity “Student Build” –In partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Butte County CSU, Chico’s student chapter will build a LEED-Gold certified home using student labor in a low-income residential area in Chico. Funds awarded will contribute a portion of building supplies needed for this home.
  • Turtle Habitat Research and Outdoor Education – In collaboration with the CSU, Chico Outdoor Classroom program, CSU, Chico students will work with grade school students to monitor and research turtle populations at the ecological reserves managed by CSU, Chico as well as the city’s Water Treatment Plant.
  • “Let Their Voices Be Heard” Mural –Mexican muralist and activist Gustavo Chavez Pavon will develop, design and complete a mural reflecting the concept of bio-diversity and raising awareness of the complex reciprocal relationship between the diverse biological ecosystems and multitudinous human cultures and languages. Funds awarded will cover mural supplies. Other departments and organizations will be involved in raising additional funds and coordinating the project.
  • Liquid Cooled Solar Panel via Absorptive Refrigeration – An engineering research project that seeks to prove the relationship between heat and efficiency in solar cells, and to increase the efficiency of a standard silicon solar cell.
  • This Way to Sustainability Conference Interns – Funds will provide two CSU, Chico students with paid academic internships for facilitating the organization of the 7th annual This Way to Sustainability Conference, scheduled for March 2012.
  • Sustainable Kitchen at Blue Oak Charter School – During the after-school program at Blue Oak Charter school, a weekly lesson in food production will be given to a second grade class, discussing nutrition, sampling organic fruits and vegetables from a local community supported agriculture organization, and preparing healthy meals using seasonal and locally produced food.
  • Organic Vegetable Project Infrastructure Upgrades – The Organic Vegetable Project (OVP) infrastructure improvements will enable the OVP to improve efficiency and reliability, providing year-round produce in addition to saving labor costs on watering and providing much needed shade for harvested vegetables, seedling flats and worker comfort during in-field processing. Improvements include greenhouse irrigation upgrade, High Tunnel Season Extender and a production area and washing station.

Starting in 2006, the AS Sustainability Fund was created when students voted to fund the creation of the AS Sustainability Program and a fund for student-driven sustainability projects. Approximately $80,000 in funds are available annually for student sustainability projects. The Sustainability Fund Allocation Committee is in charge of allocating funds to projects each semester.

For more information, contact Robyn DiFalco, AS sustainability coordinator at 898-6677.