By Daniel Noakes
Being the ART on ART team, we are in a unique position of having a deeper level of insight into the inner workings of the ESLP ART program than most teams are able to achieve. Through our gathering of metrics, surveying, and interviewing of stakeholders the past two quarters, we have learned what areas ART has excelled in, areas for potential improvement, and where the future will take us.
Over the past seven years of its existence, ESLP ART has taken many significant steps in improving the sustainability measures of UCLA. In the field of energy, ART has been responsible for reducing the yearly energy consumption of the campus by 674,063 kWh with a potential for 88,000 kWh/year of further reduction if other ART suggestions are to be adopted. For water, ART has decrease usage by 5,690,000 gal/year with a potential for nearly 4 million gallons/year of further saving. However, ART teams have only been able to reduce waste by 1,000 lbs/year with a huge potential for 400,000 lbs/year of further reduction. These reductions correspond to economic gains for the campus, too. ART teams have saved UCLA approximately $100,000/year with room for $59,000/year in further savings. In addition to these savings, ART has also done a ton of data gathering through surveys. Over the past seven years, ESLP ART teams have gathered nearly 4,000 student survey responses. As you can see, these steps that ART has taken have greatly improved the sustainability of UCLA.
As for the future of ESLP ART, the outlook appears bright. Through our investigation into the inner workings of the program, we have observed that, generally speaking, teams with a long tenure tend to have improved results as the team becomes more and more established. For example, some teams that have existed for multiple years, such as the John Wooden Sustainability team which has been around for three years, has shown some of the greatest improvements to UCLA sustainability. As the program progresses, we will see more repeat teams which will likely lead to larger and more ambitious improvements to UCLA.
ESLP ART is a great feature of the UCLA campus that has made lasting improvements to many various aspects of sustainability. In years to come I will definitely stay tuned to see the amazing things soon to be accomplished by the motivated students who are a part of this program.