By Denita Toneva- Recreation
The start of the quarter has brought even more potential projects under our radar and my co-leader, Maddie, and I have been attending countless meetings to get the ball rolling for the start of spring quarter.
Our Wooden participant surveys are finally in motion and we will be tabling with our team for the rest of the week to get as many responses as possible. With 5 short questions, participants receive a free Vitamin Water or Kind Bar (courtesy of our fellow ART leader, Amanda Mattes) and help us determine the gym users' preferences for lighting in the weight room, and televisions and EcoMills in the cardio room. This will help us decide what implementations we want to perform in Wooden to reduce energy usage. Our follow up data collection will be tabling again after the implementations and comparing the results to see if gym users noticed a difference in their experience. Our goal is to get 500 responses both before and after the changes, which should give us a great representation of the gym users preferences and determine if the changes we implement could become permanent. This could include reducing the number of televisions in the cardio room and create a lighting schedule that utilizes more of the natural light in the weight room.
We have also been working to design a way to get students more interested and involved in the environmental movement at the Earth Day Fair on April 22. We came up with a great idea and in a mere two days, Maddie and I managed to contact the "Rock the Bike" company and fill out the TGIF mini fund for a bike that powers a blender through kinetic energy. We have made all the arrangements and plan to present this bike at the fair as an opportunity for students to create their own sustainable and healthy smoothies using absolutely no electrical energy. It will be a great way to demonstrate our efforts in promoting both a healthy life-style and environmental consciousness; so we encourage everyone to stop by and indulge in a sweet and sustainable treat.
Another exciting project we have been working on is applying for TGIF funding to install solar panels on Wooden. Solar panels were installed on the top of Ackerman several years ago and they are currently in the process of adding more. As Chief Sustainability Officer, Nurit Katz, suggested this will be a great project to bring to one of the most visited buildings at UCLA. We are currently in the process of gathering information and within 2 weeks we will submit a proposal that brings us one step closer to reaching our carbon neutrality goals. Wooden will soon become a symbol of sustainability and modernism that characterizes its position in building a greener future.