2013 SAR TEAMS

 

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ASUCLA

 

Stakeholder:  Karen Noh, Special Projects Director, ASUCLA
Leaders:  Danielle Griffin, Ashley Verhines
Members:  Elizabeth Ficara, Nathan Kersey-Wilson, Mario Sanchez

This year, our team worked in collaboration with ASUCLA to educate students on proper waste disposal practices, particularly with respect to recycling. Through extensive surveying, waste audits, student feedback, meetings with Athens Services and more, we gathered data about the effectiveness of various waste disposal signs displayed in ASUCLA eateries, the campus climate regarding trash sorting, and the necessity for composting infrastructure in the near future to achieve the UC-wide policy of zero waste.

For our final report, click here.

 


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ENERGY EFFICIENCY

 

Stakeholder:  Jonathan Smithers, Energy Manager, Facilities
Leaders:  Daniel Fong, Sara Savarani 
Members:  Thomas Lau, Candace Lee, Robert Nguyen

Our team focused on campaigning and outreaching to students and faculty on campus to spread awareness and encourage the adoption of energy efficient behavior. To accomplish this, we piloted a project to display energy-saving tips on display monitors in Ackerman Union and across campus. We furthered our outreach at the Earth Day Fair, where we raised awareness of alternative energy options with solar powered smoothies and trivia. Lastly, we conducted a data analysis of the bike-powered stage at E3's Ecochella.

For our final report, click here.

 


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HOSPITAL SUSTAINABILITY

 

Stakeholder:  Teresa Hildebrand, Sustainability Programs Manager, UCLA Health System
Leaders:  Joseph Behjat, Jessica Galvan 
Members:  Nicole Dezzutti, Allison Hornstra, Danh Lai 

This year we focused on two buildings, the Ronald Reagan Medical Center (RRMC) and the Medical Plaza in Westwood. Through the collection of original data and analysis we were able to carry out three objectives: assess the possibility of energy efficient appliances in hospital restrooms, aid in the planning of the first Earth Day Fair held on site at RRMC, and reveal the need for recycling resources in public areas. 

For our final report, click here. 

 


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SPACE UTILIZATION

 

Stakeholder:  Todd Lynch, Principal Project Planner, Capital Programs;  Sue Santon, Associate Vice Chancellor, Capital Programs
Leaders:  Maya Bruguera, Alyssa Duran 
Members:  Anjana Amirapu, Olivia Jenkins, Ellen Lomonico, Colleen Ma

Space is limited at UCLA and, as such, we need to find a way to accommodate our growing population with the limited space we have. This task requires a campus planner to understand how space is being used and find innovative ways of maximizing space utilization. This year, our team researched patterns of student space-use, functional needs, and student preference of spaces to discover how spaces should be created for students. We’ve done this through a student survey, a video interviewing students about space and a map we had participants create at UCLA’s Earth Day Fair. We also analyzed campus space efficiency in terms of multi-functionality (amenities and time open) and accessibility (physical access, scheduling, and awareness).

For our final report, click here.      

 


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SUSTAINABLE FOOD SYSTEMS

 

Stakeholder:  Aliana Lungo-Shapiro, Sustainability Manager, Housing & Hospitality Services
Leaders:  Kyle Graycar, Wendy Greene
Members:  Steven Eggert, Mason A. Sayer, Isabel Sepkowitz

We strove to help UCLA meet its campus goal of 20% sustainable food by 2020. In particular, we focused on the new sustainable and health-themed Sproul Dining Hall (set to open Fall 2013). Our project had two main objectives: research and outreach. We created a report that analyzed the sustainability of different distributors and suppliers that might supply the dining hall. For outreach, our team conducted a student survey on multiple platforms in order to assess resident preferences, support, and knowledge of sustainable food. We provided this information to the Sproul Dining Hall staff to aid in the implementation of their sustainability objectives.

For our final report, click here.

 


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TOBACCO-FREE CAMPUS

 

Stakeholder:  Dr. Linda Sarna, Professor, School of Nursing; Dr. Michael Jura, Professor, Physics and Astronomy
Leaders:  Adam Rabb, Tiffany Tran
Members:  Kim Bowen, Emily Parker, Emilio Ronquillo, Michelle Yu

In conjunction with UCLA's new tobacco-free policy, we focused oncreating and structuring a research study and media campaign for several Earth Day events. The overall objective of the team’s research was to analyze the change in tobacco use before and after the implementation of the ban. The research segment of our project focused on cigarette butt collection, air quality tests, and a visual count of smokers around designated hotspot areas on campus. For our awareness campaign, we compiled a film that featured hundreds of pictures of UCLA students and faculty promoting the upcoming policy change. The team also created a project website and Facebook page to inform the general public about our work.

For our final report, click here.

 


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WATER ACTION PLAN

 

Stakeholder:  Tracy Dudman, Capital Programs; Nurit Katz, Chief Sustainability Officer
Leaders:  Emily Anderson, Joanna Wheaton 
Members:  Hannah Aldern, Marlene Alvarado, Joel Slater 

Our team made substantial progress in helping the UCLA Water Task Force and UCLA Housing & Hospitality identify areas in which substantial water savings may be realized. We conducted primary research in each of our two focus areas: campus plumbing fixture changeovers and residential landscaping changeovers. The results of our data and analyses are being used by the UCLA Water Task Force to help develop the UCLA Water Action Plan. They were also displayed at the City of Los Angeles’ Metropolitan Water District Spring Green Exposition.

For our final report, click here.


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ZERO WASTE PAULEY

 

Stakeholder:  Rich Mylin, Associate Director Facility and Event Operations, UCLA Recreation; Nurit Katz, Chief Sustainability Officer
Leaders:  Jessica Hampton, Sean Murphy
Members:  Lauren Dickenson, Charlie Falconer, Corey Roth, Megan Vyenielo

Our team worked to plan a smooth and effective transition for Pauley Pavilion into a zero-waste facility. With the ultimate goal of complete waste diversion at all events by the end of the year, our team spent the majority of winter quarter researching if, and how, this would be possible. Much of this research focused on similar initiatives at other schools around the country as identifying and avoiding their challenges would be key in our success. Our research culminated in the implementation of Pauley's first ever zero-waste event at Spring Sing on May 17th.

For our final report, click here.