By Angela Mi Hoe Kim- Energy
Our light sensors – come find them around PAB!
The Energy team has been hard at work since we last checked in. We have split our team into two different projects because we decided they were both important and feasible. Two of our team members are working on our solar charger project while three of our members are working on the energy audit. We have had many setbacks in both projects but we are still optimistic that we will accomplish our goals by the end of the school year.
In the energy audit subproject, our biggest struggle has been technical. We successfully installed all our sensors in the Physics and Astronomy Building but still haven’t turned them on. We met with out stakeholder last week and he gave us a quick trouble shooting lesson on the softwares necessary to make both sensors work. We will do a test run by the end of this quarter to make sure we know how to operate the sensors and analyze the data. However, we won’t start the actual baseline data collection until next quarter as week 10 is not a normal week and we don’t want to use it as our baseline. We will have a very busy Spring quarter as we will do our data collection and intervention. We also decided to apply for funding for awareness stickers to remind students and faculty to turn off the lights when the rooms are not in use. We will send in our funding application by this Friday so we can have the stickers ready to go by Spring quarter also.
In the solar-powered chargers department, things are going more smoothly but still with some difficulties. Our team members have emailed the company ordering our chargers but they still haven’t responded. As the company is located overseas, we will wait a few more days before we send a follow-up email. We also want to do general energy student surveys as part of this project. We want to gauge the student body’s interest in the solar-powered chargers and green energy products overall. We hope that the results from this survey will encourage ASUCLA to have more green products in our student stores. The next steps of this project involve consulting with a survey master and designing a survey that will effectively measure student interest.
Energy is a very important issue in sustainability and we believe that our efforts will have meaningful impacts on campus!