2015 SAR TEAMS

 

BIKE

 

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.

 

 

 


UNIVERSITY APARTMENTS

 

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. 






GREEN LABS

 

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.

 


RECREATION

 

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.

 

 

 


WATER

 

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.

 

 


BIODIVERSITY

 

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. 


ENERGY

 

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.