By Natalie Queally- Recreation
As we wrap up our third week at UCLA, the Recreation team is preparing for two quarters full of action, data collection, and math. Our team is comprised of leaders Maddie Berger and Denita Toneva, and members Danna Creager, KellyAnne Tang, and myself, and our combined talents range from environmental science to economics to political science. Having already bonded over lunch, we consider this team ready to work together to improve the recreation facilities at UCLA.
After meeting several times with stakeholder Rich Mylin, our team has decided to focus our energy on assessing energy usage at the John Wooden Center. After completing an energy audit of the building, we plan to make recommendations to improve efficiency and reduce usage, if possible. We will assess lights, TVs, equipment, air handlers—basically anything that plugs in. Deciding on this project was far from easy, though, after Rich laid out for us a myriad of possibilities for projects. It is nice knowing that there is a lot UCLA Recreation is willing to improve on, and I see big things in store for sustainability in their facilities. But for now, we are sticking with Wooden, as it provides an especially good chance for student outreach.
As the Director of Recreation Sports Venues and Events Operations, Rich gave us a coveted behind-the-scenes tour of the Wooden Center, where we got a peek of what we will be studying for the next two quarters. Although a lot of doors have already been opened for us, a great challenge for this project will be the actual planning of it. Right now, the team is simply trying to decide exactly what to do, and when and how to do it. Having finished our team contract, we look forward to beginning the preliminary stages of research in the coming weeks. I have a feeling we’ll be spending a lot of time in the gym in the near future, and I’m not talking about exercising.