By KellyAnne Tang- Recreation
Over the past couple of weeks, the Recreation team has been working on collecting data that will help us determine what changes can be made in Wooden to reduce its energy consumption, saving the facility money and lowering its environmental impact without affecting visitors’ experiences.
We selected a few different areas in the gym where we could potentially make the most difference in terms of installing more efficient lighting: accent and hall lighting, Weight/Cardio rooms, Yates Gym, and Pardee Gym. Our stakeholder, Rich Mylin provided us with information about the specific light bulbs used and we counted the number of lights in each area. Additionally, we also want to determine the amount of energy used by the public computers, televisions, and treadmills. Ultimately, we’re interested in potentially installing more energy efficient treadmills and assessing whether the number of computers and televisions used are actually necessary. It’s been a bit of a challenge tracking down the exact models and number of televisions in the facility but we’re hoping Rich will be able to help us with that.
In addition to data collection, we’ve also been working on developing two different surveys to be conducted at the end of this quarter or early spring. One short survey will be administered to the staff regarding their knowledge of the lighting protocol and how often they follow that protocol. This will help us determine if staff members are adequately trained regarding the lighting protocol. We will conduct another, more in depth survey using gym-goers as subjects. This survey includes questions that will help us assess students’ opinions about the amount of lighting, the temperature in the gym, the importance of public computers and TVs to their gym experience, and ultimately where the facility could afford to reduce their energy use without affecting their patrons’ experience. We’ll be applying for funding from the Green Initiative Fund for purchasing prizes like coconut water or power bars for survey participants.
In upcoming weeks, our team will focus on finishing our data collection, applying for funding, administering the employee survey, and measuring the wattage and average energy use of the treadmills using Kill-A-Watt meters.