Presentation on theme: "@ the Sustainability Charrette New Student Orientation Staff Training Curriculum and faculty training Bike and scooter rentals Carpooling and ZipCar options."— Presentation transcript:
@ the Sustainability Charrette New Student Orientation Staff Training Curriculum and faculty training Bike and scooter rentals Carpooling and ZipCar options Sustainability Portal Website Rainwater Collection Passive conservation design
New Student Orientation Directed towards Freshmen, Transfers, etc NRB/SO Seminar on sustainability within RPI What is happening on campus, research, presentations from student groups (Ecologic etc.), how you can be sustainable FYE start up kit Contains -Mug – non-plastic -Cloth bag – replace all plastic bags on campus (aka in Union etc.) -Incentives for not using plastic bags (either charged less for not using one or charging more for using one)
New Student Orientation (cn’d) Power Strip – guide to organization in order to eliminate phantom loads Guide on how to be sustainable Equate consumption to impact etc. -What a volt is etc. and how much you impact the environment personally (how much energy do you use per hour of video games etc. ) Tray-less cafeteria Go along with orientation in how much can be saved by eliminating food waste and how much can be saved by eliminating replacing china etc.
Impact Environmental Low Cultural Medium/High Economic Cost > Medium Payback > N/A
New Student Orientation (cn’d) Stakeholders Student Life New students FYE (and others involved in implementation)
Implementation FYE Staff Students SO Program Sustainability Central Resource, if available
RA Programs Res Life Refreshers on everything that was covered Encouragement to live sustainability Continuation of education started during orientation Who is going to do this? Office of sustainability FYE Environmental groups Delivered by students
Staff Training Program NEO (New Employee Orientation) Begin at NEO Steps being taken by the Rensselaer Community – energy, water and resource conservation Point out relevance to Rensselaer Plan and Mission Develop early good habits Web –based Training Traincaster program – develop a course around Sustainability (interactive quizzes etc.)
Staff Training Program (cn’d) Seminars/Webinars Free seminars and webinars that will provide usage and interactive information for faculty, staff and students Record webinars for future viewings Involve departments to keep seminars/webinars Incorporate sustainability training into performance plan (HR) Who is going to do this? SSTF Office of Sustainability /Task Force Professional Development / Human Resources
Impact Environmental Low Cultural Medium/High Economic Cost > Low Payback > N/A Implementation > Short Term
Curriculum and Faculty Training Workshops Help instructors properly teach and incorporate sustainability into courses Training and curriculum development workshops for instructors Specific to the type of class Interdisciplinary Networking Allow for communication with other instructors and students for sharing of ideas and feedback Allows courses to compliment and build upon one another Evolving methods and solutions
Incorporate sustainability into every student’s course of study (rather than just those who choose it as a major/minor) Enable students to address the interdisciplinary and multifaceted issues facing our world Incorporate sustainability into the mindsets of those at Rensselaer Sustainability should be a basic element of design/evaluation/and decision-making processes Goals
Implementation - What Creation of workshops and related material Establishment of network Evaluation of effectiveness Surveys Feedback from students and instructors
Implementation – Who Instructors, staff, students with knowledge in sustainability-related areas If available, coordination from central sustainability resource.
Implementation – How long? Short Term: Creation and implementation into some courses Has already begun Middle-term Further development and implementation. Long-term
Impact Environmental > Low Economic Cost > Medium Payback > N/A Cultural > High Implementation > Medium
Carpooling, taxi sharing Google Map of people who want to carpool Also includes the time they need to travel to RPI creates easy visual to make it easier for people to carpool Create incentives for the driver – free parking on campus? Effects Reduces carbon emissions Encourages Networking Promotes unification on campus ACT map (bicycle racks, shuttle stops, etc.) – incorporate into RPI Map? Shuttle, CDTA schedules (tie into displays at the bus stops) Alternative Community Transportation (ACT)
Zip car (long-term goal) Apply for implementation online have either a link or a sub interface in Sustainability website for the Zipcars in Troy Work with Zipcar to extend the life on its vehicles (2 years) to use alternative energy vehicles (electric, CNG, biodiesel) to provide feedback for vehicle performance list data on sustainability website Effects Reduce carbon emissions Save students/faculty/staff/administrators? Money Aid in the culture shift to detract from consumption Improvement of roads ACT Continued
Bike and Scooter Rentals Coopering with Troy Bike Rescue for supplying bikes and performing repairs Bike racks and shelters will need to be replaced in good areas on campus Tire fill stations in high-traffic areas Rent a bike using ID card; receive helmet and lock from assistant Special pricing available for monthly rentals Charged daily, with “late fees” for bikes not returned on time (inventory management)
Bike and Scooter Rentals (cn’d) Bike-related equipment to be sold at the bookstore Student Union to be the center “office” to initially pick-up and return bikes. Potential for additional drop off/pick-up areas to be added Scooters also available for rental in the same system, except locks are not provided since they fold for easy transportation.
I mpact Economic Cost > High Payback > Long Cultural > Medium Environmental > Low Implementation time > Medium
Sustainability Portal Website Will serve as a focal point for all sustainability-related web pages at Rensselaer Links to both current pages (SSTF, Ecologic) and the up and coming (Institute-Wide, ACT, ect…) Most recent updates/posts displayed live on the site’s main page
Impact Economic Cost > low Payback > N/A Cultural > Medium Environmental > Low Implementation > Short - Midterm
Rainwater Collection Research Project (Civil/structural Engineering) to design a scalable rainwater collection system Use for local buildings, on roof or next to it Can be scalable to use for different size buildings Initially to be tested in house with the green house, and then upgraded to encompass all campus buildings
Passive Conservation Design Schedule rooms to optimize sunlight Shading with trees in the summer Passive solar to heat rooms Thermal mass
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