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1 College of Engineering & Facilities Sustainable Energy and Infrastructure Initiative Presented to the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference June 17 th, 2014 Dennis K. Elliot, PE, CEM Assistant Director, Energy, Utilities, and Sustainability Sustainable Energy & Infrastructure

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3 What is the Sustainable Energy and Infrastructure Initiative? 13/14 CENG Strategic Framework and Focusing Initiatives 13/14 CENG Strategic Framework and Focusing Initiatives SEI Purpose and goals SEI Purpose and goals Identify and engage stakeholders Identify and engage stakeholders Find opportunities for collaboration, synergy, and leverage Find opportunities for collaboration, synergy, and leverage Assess curriculum, research, and projects Assess curriculum, research, and projects Articulate SEI vision, structure, story, including advancement opportunities Articulate SEI vision, structure, story, including advancement opportunities Stakeholders Stakeholders Department heads and chairs, Directors of Centers and Institutes Department heads and chairs, Directors of Centers and Institutes Faculty, students, administrators, advancement staff, corporate partners Faculty, students, administrators, advancement staff, corporate partners AFD/Facilities role AFD/Facilities role Campus as Living Lab Campus as Living Lab Upcoming on-site generation PPA’s Upcoming on-site generation PPA’s Facilities PV grant program Facilities PV grant program Visioning Workshop – May 17, 2014 Visioning Workshop – May 17, 2014 Sustainable Energy & Infrastructure

4 What is Sustainability? UN World Commission: “The ability to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.” Cal Poly Academic Senate: “The ability of natural and social systems to survive and thrive together to meet current and future needs.” Triple Bottom Line Concept Triple Bottom Line Concept Sustainable Energy & Infrastructure

5 Talloires Declaration ( Cal Poly signatory in 2004) A 10 point action plan to incorporate sustainability and environmental literacy in teaching, research, operations, and outreach at colleges and Universities: Increase awareness of environmentally sustainable development Increase awareness of environmentally sustainable development Create an institutional culture of sustainability Create an institutional culture of sustainability Educate for environmentally responsible citizenship Educate for environmentally responsible citizenship Foster environmental literacy for all Foster environmental literacy for all Practice institutional ecology Practice institutional ecology Involve all stakeholders Involve all stakeholders Collaborate for interdisciplinary approaches Collaborate for interdisciplinary approaches Enhance capacity of primary and secondary schools Enhance capacity of primary and secondary schools Broaden service and outreach nationally and internationally Broaden service and outreach nationally and internationally Maintain the movement Maintain the movementhttp://suscat.calpoly.edu/talloires/ Sustainable Energy & Infrastructure

6 Cal Poly Sustainability Learning Objectives (SLO’s) Cal Poly Academic Senate – Resolution (2009): “In order to consider sustainability when making reasoned decisions, all graduating students should be able to: Define and apply sustainability principles within their academic programs Define and apply sustainability principles within their academic programs Explain how natural, economic, and social systems interact to foster or prevent sustainability Explain how natural, economic, and social systems interact to foster or prevent sustainability Analyze and explain local, national, and global sustainability using a multidisciplinary approach Analyze and explain local, national, and global sustainability using a multidisciplinary approach Consider sustainability principles while developing personal and professional values” Consider sustainability principles while developing personal and professional values”http://www.academicprograms.calpoly.edu/academicpolicies/sustainability_lo.html Sustainable Energy & Infrastructure

7 CSU Sustainability Policy Major revision to policy since last CSU Executive Order 987 (2006) Academics: “The CSU will seek to further integrate sustainability into the academic curriculum working within the normal campus consultative process.” Operations: “The CSU will pursue sustainable practices in all areas of the university, including business operations such as procurement, IT, student services, food service, facilities operations, design and construction… and self funded auxiliaries.” Policy approved by CSU Board of Trustees May 2014 Sustainable Energy & Infrastructure

8 Cal Poly Vision 2022, President Armstrong: $500M Fundraising Campaign Focus on Public-Private Partnerships “Enhance sustainability efforts and attitudes, eliminate redundancies, create greater efficiencies and entrepreneurial activities.” Sustainable Energy & Infrastructure

9 Academic Senate Sustainability Committee: Formalize SUSCAT (SUStainability course CATalog) Formalize SUSCAT (SUStainability course CATalog) Senate resolution on sustainability course assessment Senate resolution on sustainability course assessment Working toward a graduation requirement Working toward a graduation requirement Sustainable Energy & Infrastructure

10 Workshop session #1a – Student Perspective: How do students look at and value sustainability? How do students look at and value sustainability? Personal life and values Personal life and values In education In education In career In career Where do students learn about sustainability at Cal Poly? Where do students learn about sustainability at Cal Poly? In classes? Major or GE In classes? Major or GE Projects Projects Club activities and work experience Club activities and work experience How can educational experience be improved? How can educational experience be improved? Infuse into existing courses Infuse into existing courses Create new courses Create new courses Extracurricular activities Extracurricular activities Sustainable Energy & Infrastructure

11 Workshop session #1b – Corporate Perspective: Is sustainability part of corporate values? Is sustainability part of corporate values? Public image/relations Public image/relations Bottom line Bottom line Business focus Business focus What do employers want to see in new hires? What do employers want to see in new hires? Skills and knowledge Skills and knowledge Project experience - is interdisciplinary important? Project experience - is interdisciplinary important? Club activities or work experience Club activities or work experience How can educational experience be improved? How can educational experience be improved? Sustainable Energy & Infrastructure

12 Workshop session #2 – Current Areas of Activity and Interest: Energy Efficiency Energy Efficiency Power Generation Power Generation Sustainable Transportation Sustainable Transportation Water/Energy Nexus Water/Energy Nexus Waste Reduction/Sustainable Materials Waste Reduction/Sustainable Materials Sustainable Energy & Infrastructure

13 Area of Interest – Energy Efficiency Energy Efficiency/DSM in the Built Environment (40% of all energy use) Energy Efficiency/DSM in the Built Environment (40% of all energy use) HVAC, lighting, and plug load HVAC, lighting, and plug load District heating and cooling District heating and cooling Building automation systems and data analytics Building automation systems and data analytics Path to Zero Net Energy buildings by 2020/2030 Path to Zero Net Energy buildings by 2020/2030 Energy Efficiency in Industry and Manufacturing Energy Efficiency in Industry and Manufacturing Resource and material efficiency Resource and material efficiency Life cycle design Life cycle design Green Computing Green Computing Desktop, server, and device power requirements Desktop, server, and device power requirements Performance optimization Performance optimization Data Centers Data Centers Majors: ME, EE, CE, ENVE, IME, AERO, BMED, GEN, MATE, CPE, CSC, ARCH, CRP, CM, BRAE, AGB, NRM&ES, BUS, ECON, POLS Sustainable Energy & Infrastructure

14 Area of Interest – Power Generation Renewable Energy Renewable Energy Solar PV, Solar Thermal, Wind, Biomass, Wave, Energy Storage Solar PV, Solar Thermal, Wind, Biomass, Wave, Energy Storage Cogeneration, fuel cell, gas turbine Cogeneration, fuel cell, gas turbine Biofuels Biofuels Conventional Power Generation Conventional Power Generation Gas, oil, coal, hydro, and nuclear Gas, oil, coal, hydro, and nuclear Next generation designs, safety and carbon management Next generation designs, safety and carbon management Smart Grid – Micro Grid Smart Grid – Micro Grid System integration and interoperability System integration and interoperability Cyber security Cyber security Big Data and analytics Big Data and analytics Majors: ME, EE, CE, ENVE, IME, AERO, GEN, MATE, CPE, CSC, ARCH, CRP, CM, BRAE, AGB, NRM&ES, BUS, ECON, POLS Sustainable Energy & Infrastructure

15 Area of Interest – Sustainable Transportation Advanced Vehicle Design Advanced Vehicle Design EV, hybrid, alternative fuels EV, hybrid, alternative fuels Fuel efficiency and emissions Fuel efficiency and emissions Charging/fueling infrastructure Charging/fueling infrastructure Mass Transit Mass Transit Advanced aircraft and spacecraft design Advanced aircraft and spacecraft design Electrification and alternative fuels Electrification and alternative fuels Transportation Planning Transportation Planning Community planning Community planning Highway planning Highway planning Airport design Airport design Mass transit Mass transit Majors: ME, EE, CENVE, AERO, GEN, MATE, CPE, CSC, ARCH, CRP, CM, BRAE, AGB, NRM&ES, BUS, ECON, POLS Sustainable Energy & Infrastructure

16 Area of Interest – Energy/Water Nexus (20% of all energy in Ca) Water Infrastructure Water Infrastructure Collection, storage, and delivery Collection, storage, and delivery Treatment and purification Treatment and purification Waste Water Treatment/Biofuels Waste Water Treatment/Biofuels Treatment, reclamation, and reuse Treatment, reclamation, and reuse Algae and biofuels Algae and biofuels Water Efficiency Water Efficiency Irrigation systems – landscape, recreation, and agriculture Irrigation systems – landscape, recreation, and agriculture In Power Generation (2 nd largest user) In Power Generation (2 nd largest user) In manufacturing In manufacturing In the built environment In the built environment Majors: ME, EE, CENVE, IME, GEN, MATE, ARCH, CRP, CM, BRAE, AGB, NRM&ES, BUS, ECON, POLS Sustainable Energy & Infrastructure

17 Area of Interest – Waste Reduction/Sustainable Materials Material Selection and Design for Manufacturing and Construction Material Selection and Design for Manufacturing and Construction Material life cycle design – “cradle to cradle” Material life cycle design – “cradle to cradle” Rapidly renewable and recycled/recyclable materials Rapidly renewable and recycled/recyclable materials High performance materials High performance materials Concrete design (produces 6-8% of global CO2, fly ash issue) Concrete design (produces 6-8% of global CO2, fly ash issue) Waste Reduction Waste Reduction Design for reuse and recyclability Design for reuse and recyclability Integrated product design Integrated product design Packaging design Packaging design Waste Management Waste Management Recycling and landfill optimization Recycling and landfill optimization Waste as an alternate fuel Waste as an alternate fuel Majors: ME, EE, CE, ENVE, IME, AERO, BMED, GEN, MATE, CPE, ARCH, CRP, CM, BRAE, AGB, NRM&ES, BUS, ECON, POLS Sustainable Energy & Infrastructure

18 Workshop session #3 – Findings on Curriculum, Research, and Projects: Common themes – challenges and aspirations: We often don’t teach sustainability explicitly, but discuss elements We often don’t teach sustainability explicitly, but discuss elements Faculty are interested, but are busy teaching fundamentals of discipline/technology Faculty are interested, but are busy teaching fundamentals of discipline/technology Widespread interest in more interdisciplinary opportunities Widespread interest in more interdisciplinary opportunities Many current interdisciplinary projects tell a compelling sustainability story, but are not marketed that way Many current interdisciplinary projects tell a compelling sustainability story, but are not marketed that way Structure desired for better connection, communication, and visibility Structure desired for better connection, communication, and visibility Not sure how to integrate sustainability into existing curriculum Not sure how to integrate sustainability into existing curriculum Difficulty articulating “social equity” in engineering programs Difficulty articulating “social equity” in engineering programs Coverage of professional ethics needs improvement Coverage of professional ethics needs improvement Sustainable Energy & Infrastructure

19 Workshop session #3 – Visioning Exercise: Define the future of SEI for the College Should focus be broad/holistic or narrow/targeted? Should focus be broad/holistic or narrow/targeted? Curriculum recommendations Curriculum recommendations How do we address course assessment and graduation requirement? How do we address course assessment and graduation requirement? Majors, minors, or certificate? Majors, minors, or certificate? Organizational structure Organizational structure Centers and Institutes Centers and Institutes Committee or task force Committee or task force Advancement opportunities Advancement opportunities New Name? New Name? Sustainable Energy & Infrastructure

20 Findings Student perspectives: Learned primarily at home and in family – environmental awareness Learned primarily at home and in family – environmental awareness Changing culture/lifestyle and social media Changing culture/lifestyle and social media Desire for meaningful job/career Desire for meaningful job/career Integral part of Architecture, not articulated in most Engineering coursework Integral part of Architecture, not articulated in most Engineering coursework Lots of clubs/projects to choose from, but found by accident Lots of clubs/projects to choose from, but found by accident No cross disciplinary look at sustainability or climate change for engineers No cross disciplinary look at sustainability or climate change for engineers Sustainability = good engineering Sustainability = good engineering Coursework is too highly structured Coursework is too highly structured Would like to see sustainability in GE, and renewable energy integrated into required engineering courses Would like to see sustainability in GE, and renewable energy integrated into required engineering courses Sustainable Energy & Infrastructure

21 Findings Employer perspectives: Sustainability IS part of corporate culture: Sustainability IS part of corporate culture: Bottom line issue – control cost, enhance revenue Bottom line issue – control cost, enhance revenue Corporate image, transparency, and public relations Corporate image, transparency, and public relations It is a company goal because it is a customer goal It is a company goal because it is a customer goal Seeking students with excellent work habits, perseverance, ability to learn/adapt Seeking students with excellent work habits, perseverance, ability to learn/adapt Students are technically strong, but there is a scarcity of: Students are technically strong, but there is a scarcity of: Maturity and holistic/human development Maturity and holistic/human development Global awareness Global awareness Professional polish and communication skills Professional polish and communication skills Ability to make a business case Ability to make a business case Recommendations: Recommendations: Need more focus on soft skills like writing, public speaking Need more focus on soft skills like writing, public speaking More group projects that include developing and presenting a business or project plan/model – i.e. Shark Tank More group projects that include developing and presenting a business or project plan/model – i.e. Shark Tank Sustainable Energy & Infrastructure

22 Findings Workshop recommendations: Five areas of focus are appropriate Five areas of focus are appropriate Start narrow, become broad Start narrow, become broad Prioritize areas 1 &2 (Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy), then add Prioritize areas 1 &2 (Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy), then add Increase focus on whole systems thinking Increase focus on whole systems thinking Broad sustainability discussions belong in GE (but engineers don’t take Area F) Broad sustainability discussions belong in GE (but engineers don’t take Area F) Continue with course assessment, establish graduation requirement Continue with course assessment, establish graduation requirement No new Sustainability Minor needed in CENG, already have: No new Sustainability Minor needed in CENG, already have: Sustainable Agriculture (CAFES) Sustainable Agriculture (CAFES) Sustainable Environments (home in CAED, but open to all) Sustainable Environments (home in CAED, but open to all) Environmental Studies (home in COSAM, but open to all) Environmental Studies (home in COSAM, but open to all) Leverage existing Centers and Institutes Leverage existing Centers and Institutes Sustainable Energy & Infrastructure

23 Findings Workshop brainstorming ideas: Fund faculty to collaborate with club projects (VP committed $15K pilot funding) Fund faculty to collaborate with club projects (VP committed $15K pilot funding) Use campus as a test bed for renewable energy testing Use campus as a test bed for renewable energy testing Build a campus microgrid Build a campus microgrid Use solar panels for EV charging Use solar panels for EV charging Initiative Names – DEMISE, SEE or SE^2 Initiative Names – DEMISE, SEE or SE^2 Sustainable Energy & Infrastructure

24 Contact info and references: Dennis Elliot – Assistant Director, Energy, Utilities and Sustainability - Cal Poly University Sustainability Website – Cal Poly College of Engineering - Centers and Institutes - Best Practice Awards and Building/Project Case Studies - Cal Poly PowerSave Campus – Cal Poly PowerSave Campus Website – Cal Poly PowerSave Campus Facebook Page - Polly the Polar Bear Facebook Page - Mr. Eco Website – Biennial Sustainability Progress Report – Sustainable Energy & Infrastructure


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