2015 SAR TEAMS
Stakeholders: Mike King & Emma Sorrell
Leaders: Jacob Garson & Liz Roswell
Members: Dominic Butler, Sarah Huang, Sagarika Subramanian
The team is working with UCLA’s Housing & Hospitality Services and UCLA Transportation to encourage and better accommodate bike ridership on the residential Hill. Our team will advise on the addition of a bicycle repair station in addition to the tools and equipment sold in the residential hill student stores. With more supplies, stations, and education, bike ridership will have a myriad of positive impacts for UCLA and Westwood.
Stakeholder: Ken MacKenzie
Leaders: Anne Chang & Katie Pastor
Members: George Yang, Lauren Ogata, Alessandro Lallas
The University Apartments Team is working toward increasing the diversion of waste to recycling at the University Village graduate apartments on Sawtelle and Sepulveda Avenues and educating residents about the importance of recycling. To do so, we are implementing a variety of encouragement methods, from image-based signage to providing residents with recycling bins.
Stakeholder: Klara Otis
Leaders: Xiaoya Qiu & Claire Hirishiki
Members: Ryan Taylor, Hayley Veal, Kaylyn Levine
The goal of our initiative is to create a simple waste program for lab representatives of each lab category (biological, chemical, and engineering) that we hope to emulate and expand campus-wide. We plan to increase awareness and educate researchers on best management practices for recycling. Additionally, we intend to implement a plan that has longevity both on the UCLA campus and beyond. By surveying the researchers and conducting waste audits to quantify the success of our recycling initiative, we hope to gauge UCLA’s existing practices in order to advocate for awareness in the lab community.
Stakeholder: Rich Mylin
Leaders: Maddie Berger & Denita Toneva
Members: Danna Creager, KellyAnne Tang, Natalie Queally
Our goal is to improve energy efficiency in John Wooden Center by gathering data from electrical audits with an emphasis on large-scale lighting and air handlers. In addition, we aim to measure usage of television monitors, treadmills, and computers in an attempt to remove unused equipment that hinders electrical savings for the facility. Behavior change is a vital component that will enhance the outcome of savings if proper education and outreach is instigated, which is something we are advancing. Lastly, with the grant awarded in the amount of $88,000, ART we help facilitate the process of procuring solar panels that will reduce energy expenditure for decades.
Stakeholder: Derek Gomez & Nurit Katz
Leaders: Paul Cleland & Amanda Mattes
Members: Jacqueline Salem, Tony Yuan, Staya Noble Bartlett
The focus of the Water Action Research Team is to decrease water consumption in on-campus restrooms. We decided to work towards getting aerators installed on faucets across campus because it is an impactful and feasible project. Aerators attach to faucet spouts to increase water pressure which decreases water usage. We found that over 10% of faucets at UCLA are in need of aerators, and we are applying for funding to install them.
Stakeholder: Ryan Harrigan
Leaders: Sid Shah & Chris Gonnerman
Members: Tiffany Wu, Nathaniel Park, Yen-Mai Hua, Kyla Wilson
The Biodiversity Action Research Team plans on indexing the biodiversity of flora and fauna between manicured and non-manicured regions of campus. This data will help indicate what ecosystem is more beneficial for the campus in terms of attracting a greater diversity of fauna. Another aspect of the project will compare the water use between these regions with a culminating goal of creating a potential reserve on campus that best fits the criteria of being a drought tolerant, fauna attractive ecosystem.
Stakeholder: Sayros Yadgar
Leaders: Samuel Geldin & Elizabeth Mazanian
Members: Angela Kim, Sharanth Shivram Kumarasivan
The ESLP Energy Team conducted an energy audit of the Physics and Astronomy Building on campus, using light and occupancy data loggers to examine if unoccupied rooms had lights consistently turned on. The team also distributed surveys and trial devices to gauge student interest in purchasing solar-powered phone chargers. Using the data collected, the team plans to submit a proposal to UCLA Facilities on how they can save energy and money in the future through their operations, in addition to presenting the trial run’s findings to ASUCLA, with the hope of selling solar-powered phone chargers in the campus student store.