By Trevor McDonald
As a team member of ART on ART, I was responsible for following up on whether or not changes and recommendations made by past ART teams are still continued. These are known as mini-projects. My mini-project involves observing and calculating the aforementioned for the previous John Wooden Center projects.
Rich Mylin, associate director of UCLA Recreation, has supported Action Research Team’s projects to create a more sustainable environment within the John Wooden Center. Projects have included installation of motion sensors to decrease lighting costs, air filtering plants for healthier air, goosenecks to deter disposable plastic bottle use, and low flow shower heads to decrease water consumption.
The projects that are proposed address one or more areas of sustainability, including energy, waste, water, etc. In 2009-2010, the John Wooden Sustainability Team installed low flow shower heads of 1.5 GPM to decrease overall water consumption and cost. A total of 70 were purchased; 32 were installed in the John Wooden Center and the remaining 38 were installed elsewhere within UCLA Recreation facilities. The installation of these low cost ($3.89 each), low flow shower heads will save the gym 1,382,400 gallons per year which estimates to about $15,000 in savings. Assuming the low flow shower heads have been installed for about 4.5 years, the total savings would equal $67,500. In the scope of UCLA’s budget, this may be a small percentage, but it allows many other projects that were not financially feasible in the past to now be viable options. The low flow shower heads are a great example of low cost, low maintenance changes that Action Research Teams have inspired in order to become a more sustainable campus.