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UVM Clean Energy Fund: 2010-2011 Annual Report

Prepared by Mieko Ozeki, Sustainability Projects Coordinator & James Wilcox, Education & Outreach Fellow UVM Office of Sustainability July 27, 2011

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY During the 2010-2011 academic year, projects completed with the support of the University of Vermont’s Clean Energy Fund (CEF) have strengthened UVM’s renewable energy infrastructure, increased the number of clean energy-related educational offerings, and given students hands-on experience in work central to the clean energy economy. In addition to the projects already completed, the CEF Implementation Team has been in the process of working to complete additional projects supported by the fund; and the CEF Committee has recommended seven new projects that have been approved by the Vice President for Finance and Administration. Specific Clean Energy Fund accomplishments during the past academic year include: •

The installation of 17 highly visible solar trackers, which will produce approximately 95,880 KWH and prevent approximately 35 metric tons of carbon emissions per year, and which have provided a valuable learning opportunity for the University that would not have happened without the CEF

The successful delivery of new clean energy related course content that would not have happened otherwise, in which over 40 students gained hands-on experience with energy auditing and electric vehicles

A jump in the visibility and academic relevance of the fund due to increased outreach efforts and a more participatory idea submission method, which involved 110 participants, up from 19 the previous year

In-class outreach related the CEF’s history, purpose, projects, and opportunities for student involvement to over 300 students in the following settings: Eco-Reps meetings, Environmental Sciences 001, Environmental Studies 001, Environmental Studies 151, and Environmental Studies 187

The approval of projects such as an internship program and a comprehensive renewable energy feasibility study that will significantly build the capacity of the Clean Energy Fund and aid the University in meeting its Climate Action Plan goals moving into the future

As we head towards the 2011-2012 academic year, we plan to increase our outreach and student engagement efforts even more, particularly to students outside of the “environmental” majors and departments who may not yet be aware of the fund. As always, we will continue to ensure that opportunities for student involvement are built in to every project supported by the CEF. During the year, feel free to check on our progress at http://www.uvm.edu/sustain/clean-energy-fund. You can find up-to-date information on specific projects at http://www.uvm.edu/sustain/clean-energy-fund/cef-projects. Sincerely,

Alex McConaghy Student Chair, Clean Energy Fund Committee

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TABLE OF CONTENTS Executive Summary......................................................................................................................................................... 2 CEF Committee................................................................................................................................................................ 5 2008-2009 CEF committee members..................................................................................................................... 5 2009-2010 CEF committee members..................................................................................................................... 5 2010-2011 CEF committee members..................................................................................................................... 6 2008-present Fund advisors & Administrators ..................................................................................................... 6 Project Budgets................................................................................................................................................................. 7 2009-2010 .................................................................................................................................................................... 7 2010-2011 .................................................................................................................................................................... 7 Financial Statement......................................................................................................................................................... 8 Revenue ....................................................................................................................................................................... 8 Expenditures............................................................................................................................................................... 8 Balance......................................................................................................................................................................... 8 CEF Program and Project Implementation............................................................................................................. 9 2009-2010 Projects .......................................................................................................................................................... 11 Aiken Solar Trackers ................................................................................................................................................ 11 Energy Auditing & Retrofitting Course ............................................................................................................. 12 Virtual Solar Carport Course .................................................................................................................................. 13 Biomass Feasibility Study for Trinity Campus ................................................................................................ 14 Slade Hall Solar Hot Water System ..................................................................................................................... 15 University-wide Energy Display System ............................................................................................................ 16 Equine Center Solar Photovoltaic System ......................................................................................................... 17 Solar Power & Smart Grid Research.................................................................................................................... 18 2010-2011 Projects ........................................................................................................................................................... 20 Comprehensive Campus Renewable Energy Feasibility Study .................................................................. 20 Green Labs Program ................................................................................................................................................ 21 Clean Energy Internship Program ....................................................................................................................... 22 Clean Energy Futures Lecture/Workshop Series ........................................................................................... 23 Organic Solar Cells Fabricated by UVM Students .......................................................................................... 24 Pilot Revolving Door Installation ......................................................................................................................... 25 GreenHouse Solar ..................................................................................................................................................... 26 Appendices ....................................................................................................................................................................... 27 Appendix 1: CEF Organizational & Process Chart ........................................................................................... 27 Appendix 2: CEF Project selection & implementation process chart ............................................................ 28

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Appendix 3: CEF Fellow report, 2010-2011 ....................................................................................................... 29 Appendix 4: CEF Project Timeline ...................................................................................................................... 32 Appendix 5: CEF Project Map (Completed Projects) ....................................................................................... 33

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CEF COMMITTEE UVM’s Clean Energy Fund Committee is composed of four Undergraduate students, two Graduate students, three staff members, one faculty member, and one alumni representative. Representative bodies and University offices that appoint and recommend members include the Student Government Association, the Graduate Student Senate, the Staff Council, the Office of Sustainability, the Physical Plant Department, and the Office of Capital Planning. We gratefully acknowledge the service of the CEF’s voting and non-voting committee members and advisors listed below. 2008-2009 CEF COMMITTEE MEMBERS • • • •

Bryce Jones, Student Government Association (SGA) appointed chair of the Committee on Diversity and Environmental Ethics (CODEE) Jarod Alvord, Campus Energy Group President Emma Kennedy, Undergraduate student at large appointed by SGA Dan Belhuemer, Undergraduate student appointed by the Office of Sustainability

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Eric Garza, Graduate Student Senate (GSS) appointed member Rachael Beddoe, Graduate student appointed by the Office of Sustainability

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Sal Chiarelli, Director of Physical Plant Bob Vaughan, Appointee from Capital Planning

Don Ross, Faculty member from Faculty Senate Financial and Physical Planning Committee 2009-2010 CEF COMMITTEE MEMBERS

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David Maciewicz, Student Government Association (SGA) appointed chair of the Committee on Diversity and Environmental Ethics (CODEE) Laura Townsend, Campus Energy Group President Julia Michel, Undergraduate student at large appointed by SGA Jessie-Ruth Ann Corkins, Undergraduate student appointed by the Office of Sustainability

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Eric Garza, Graduate Student Senate (GSS) appointed member Rachael Beddoe, Graduate student appointed by the Office of Sustainability

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Sal Chiarelli, Director of Physical Plant Bob Vaughan, Appointee from Capital Planning Francis Churchill, Staff member at large as recommended by Staff Council

Don Ross, Faculty member from Faculty Senate Financial and Physical Planning Committee

David C. Arms, Jr., Alumni/Community Relations member

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2010-2011 CEF COMMITTEE MEMBERS • • • • •

Joshua Benes, Student Government Association (SGA) appointed chair of the Committee on Diversity and Environmental Ethics (CODEE) Alex McConaghy, Undergraduate student at large appointed by SGA Keegan Fairfield, Undergraduate student at large appointed by SGA Erin Jackson, Undergraduate student appointed by the Office of Sustainability Kelsey Pratt, Undergraduate student alternate at large appointed by SGA

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Eric Garza, Graduate Student Senate (GSS) appointed member Brian McGowan, Graduate student appointed by the Office of Sustainability

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Sal Chiarelli, Director of Physical Plant Bob Vaughan, Appointee from Capital Planning Francis Churchill, Staff member at large as recommended by Staff Council

Cathy Beaudoin, Faculty member from Faculty Senate Financial and Physical Planning Committee

David C. Arms, Jr., Alumni/Community Relations member

James Wilcox, Non-voting member, Clean Energy Fund Education & Outreach Fellow from Office of Sustainability Michelle Smith, Non-voting member, CEF Projects Liaison and Green Buildings Coordinator from Capital Planning

2008-PRESENT FUND ADVISORS & ADMINISTRATORS • •

Gioia Thompson, Non-voting member, Sustainability Director from Office of Sustainability Mieko A. Ozeki, Non-voting member, Fund Administrator from Office of Sustainability

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PROJECT BUDGETS For project details, including status and specific expenditures, see individual project entries on pages 11-26. 2009-2010 PROJECT

APPROVED BUDGET

Aiken Solar Trackers Energy Auditing & Retrofitting Course Virtual Solar Carport Course Biomass Feasibility Study for Trinity Campus Slade Hall Solar Hot Water System University-wide Energy Display System Equine Center Solar Photovoltaic System Solar Power & Smart Grid Research

$ $ $ $ $ $ $ $

200,000.00 12,110.00 6,000.00 35,000.00 24,750.00 44,000.00 125,618.00 27,000.00

EXPENDITURES TO DATE

($200,000.00) ($2,964.55) ($6,000.00) ($1,824.00) ($0) ($0) ($22,000.00) ($27,000.00)

2010-2011 PROJECT Comprehensive Campus Renewable Energy Feasibility Study Green Labs Program Clean Energy Internship Program Clean Energy Futures Lecture/Workshop Series Organic Solar Cells Fabricated by UVM Students Pilot Revolving Door Installation GreenHouse Solar Feasibility Study

APPROVED BUDGET

EXPENDITURES TO DATE

$

100,000.00

$

(0.00)

$ $

60,000.00 25,000.00

$ $

(0.00) (0.00)

$

20,000.00

$

(0.00)

$

15,050.00

$

(0.00)

$ 4,000.00 $ (0.00) *Will be implemented as part of Comprehensive Campus Renewable Energy Feasibility Study

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FINANCIAL STATEMENT REVENUE FY09 (2008-2009)

FY10 (2009-2010)

FY11 (2010-2011)

NET REVENUE

$ 226,931.13

$ 235,966.26

$ 237,233.80

$700, 131.19

EXPENDITURES As of May 15, 2011, the following expenditures were incurred: PROJECTS

EXPENDITURES

Aiken Solar Trackers project: Installation & equipment purchase costs Energy Auditing course (Fall 2010): Salary & fringe for course development Virtual Carport course module (Spring 2011): Salary & fringe for course development Trinity Biomass feasibility study: UVM Physical Plant intern wages Miller Farm Solar Panels: Structural analysis by external consultant

$

(200,000.00)

$

(2,964.55)

$

(6,000.00)

$

(1,824.00)

$

(22,000.00)

Solar Power & Smart Grid Lab: Salary & fringe for faculty and graduate student, equipment costs.

$ (27,000.00) PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION and EDUCATION & OUTREACH PROGRAM CEF Graduate Fellowship: Graduate fellow salary & tuition costs $ (32,000.00) Fund Administration: Costs associated with project management and third-party services to coordinate project proposal process $ (1,665.76) Project Contingency: Costs associated with unexpected project expenses $ (2,305.69) TOTAL EXPENDITURES

$ BALANCE

As of May 15, 2011, the current balance remaining in the CEF is: $406,676.88

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(295,760)

CEF PROGRAM AND PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION In FY10, the CEFC allocated funds for an ongoing support program for the Clean Energy Fund, consisting of a graduate fellow to take on CEF education and outreach, a project management budget, and contingency funds. The increased capacity resulting from this allocation has provided the CEF with more visibility among students, staff and faculty; more student involvement; and the ability to better undertake the complex process of project implementation, which can include coordinating the efforts of numerous UVM offices, hiring outside contractors, issuing RFPs, and searching for matching grant funds. Because the CEF had the support of a dedicated implementation team and funds, its outreach efforts were consistent and effective, a large array of projects moved forward smoothly, and UVM engaged in a valuable organizational learning process related to renewable energy on campus alongside the work of project implementation. For additional information on the organization of the CEF and its administrative, implementation, and project selection processes, see Appendix 1: CEF Organizational Chart and Appendix 2: Project Selection & Implementation Process Chart. The new graduate fellow position subsequently created by this funding allocation and housed in the Office of Sustainability was charged with creating a university-wide educational program based on CEF projects. The fellow was expected to work closely with the Committee, the GreenHouse, CDAE Renewable Energy courses 06 and 106, and new Energy Auditing course 195 through Continuing Education, as well as Eco-Reps, Slade Hall and perhaps other Service Learning projects. James Wilcox, a Ph.D student in the Rubenstein School, was hired for this position beginning in August 2010; he started working on the 2010-2011 Request for Project Ideas process immediately. He helped develop a customized collective intelligence site through a third party service called IdeaScaleŠ to collect and process CEF project ideas from the UVM community. For additional information on the CEF Fellowship, see Appendix 3: CEF Fellow Report, 2010-2011.

CEF PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION BUDGET Activity 1. Education and Outreach Fellow: graduate fellow position 2. Project Management Budget: time, services and materials required to implement projects 3. Contingent Funds: Reserved for unanticipated expenses Total annual expense

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Annual expense $ 32,000 $ 25,000 $ 25,000 $ 82,000

CEF PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION: ACTUAL EXPENSES: PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION and EDUCATION & OUTREACH PROGRAM CEF Graduate Fellowship: • Graduate fellow salary ($24,000 for 12 months) • Tuition costs ($8000) $ (32,000.00) Fund administration: Costs associated with project management and third-party services to coordinate project proposal process: • Software: $512.80 • Third-party services (Wufoo, IdeaScale©, Basecamp): $657.96 • Conferences (NESEA & Clean Energy Workforce): $495.00 $ (1,665.76)

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2009-2010 PROJECTS

AIKEN SOLAR TRACKERS

Project Progress

Project Description

100% complete In 2010, the CEF funded the installation of seventeen 4 kilowatt AllSun Trackers™ by AllEarth Renewables, Inc. The AllSun Trackers™ are “dual-axis active trackers that use GPS to ensure the solar panels always follow the sun” to produce the optimal amount of electricity. The electricity produced from these solar trackers will count towards the LEED accreditation for the greening of UVM's Aiken building, home of the Rubenstein School of Environment & Natural Resources. The trackers, installed in December 2010, are operated by AllEarth Renewables, Inc., under a power purchase agreement and will be purchased outright by UVM in five years. Energy Production: approximately 95,880 kilowatt-hours per year CO2 Equivalent Reduction: approximately 35 metric tons per year Location: 705 Spear Street

Photographs from the course module related to this project can be seen online at: http://tinyurl.com/6au6t9c Student Involvement Project Budget Expenditures to Date

Students from the Greening of Aiken course visited construction site; student interns documented the installation Up to $200,000 Funds appropriated for lease to purchase arrangement of solar trackers at U.S. Forest Service property on 705 Spear Street.

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$ 200,000.00

ENERGY AUDITING & RETROFITTING COURSE

Project Progress

100% complete

Project Description

The CEF funded the development of an energy auditing course (CDAE 195) by Gund Institute Fellow and Rubenstein and CDAE faculty Gary Flomenhoft. The CEF also provided funds for project implementation. The course ran in Fall 2010 and was taught by David Keefe. Student feedback was positive, and the class participated in a group audit of the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity house with infrared imaging and blower door testing. The next iteration of the course will feature an on-campus energy auditing partnership with UVM’s Energy Management Office.

Student Involvement

Students who enroll in the course received hands-on experience with energy auditing and gain skills that will prepare them for future clean energy internshipa and jobs.

Project Budget

Expenditures to Date

$12,110 Salary and fringe benefits for course development, conducted by Gary Flomenhoft (CDAE): • Tenured faculty salary. • Fringe benefit rate.

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TOTAL

$ 2,110.00 $ 854.55 $2,964.55

VIRTUAL SOLAR CARPORT COURSE

Project Progress

Project Description

100% complete In 2010, the Clean Energy Fund voted to support the development of a new course module by Richard Watts of UVM's Transportation Research Center. In Spring 2011, Professor Watts was to link the data points from a UVM solar array with the TRC's plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) as a demonstration tool for a course module, seminar, and class speaking engagements connecting sustainable transportation and renewable energy. The PHEV became the center of a two-week course module on sustainable transportation systems, the linkages between renewable energy and transportation, and the impacts of transportation relating to energy use, emissions and driver behavior. Photographs from this course module can be seen online at: http://tinyurl.com/6gk5wg7

Student Involvement Project Budget

Expenditures to Date

Students enrolled in the course engaged in hands-on learning with UVM’s alternative fuel vehicles. Up to $6,000 Salary and fringe benefits for course development, conducted by Richard Watts & Tom McGrath (Transportation Resource Center) : • Tenured faculty salary. • Fringe benefit rate. Supplies TOTAL

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$4092.00 $1657.00 $251.00 $6,000.00

BIOMASS FEASIBILITY STUDY FOR TRINITY CAMPUS

Project Progress

40% complete

Project Description

This project, approved by the CEF committee in 2010, explored the feasibility of a potential biomass energy system on UVM's Trinity Campus. The first phase of the project, an initial feasibility study, was completed in December of 2010 by interns in the Physical Plant Department. Subsequent research to be funded by the project has not been completed as the project was found to be incompatible with the possibility of a city-wide district energy system.

Student Involvement

Undergraduate Engineering students interning for Physical Plant prepared and presented the initial report.

Project Budget

Expenditures to Date

Up to $35,000 Temporary wages for three interns from Physical Plant conducting initial feasibility study from December 2010January 2011. • 120 hours of work at $14.00 per hour plus 8.6% Parttime fringe rate.

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$1,824.00

SLADE HALL SOLAR HOT WATER SYSTEM

Project Progress

40% complete

Project Description

In 2010, the CEF approved a proposal by Slade Hall students for a solar hot water system. The Clean Energy Fund’s implementation team has since been working with Slade Hall students to determine the system’s specifics and to move the project forward in compliance with the University’s administrative policies and procedures.

Student Involvement

Slade students have been involved in every step of the process, from writing the initial proposal, to communicating with vendors and working with the CEF Implementation Team, Physical Plant, and Campus Planning.

Project Budget

Expenditures to Date

Up to $24,750 No expenditures to date. An estimate has been provided by a local solar installer, but Slade students have expressed an interest in an alternative site for the project, as the total impact and efficiency of solar hot water at Slade Hall is reduced by the facts that Slade is connected to the central campus heating and cooling plant and that Slade is not in use during the summer months when the system is producing the most hot water. Options for solar hot water will be re-evaluated after the campus feasibility study has been completed

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UNIVERSITY-WIDE ENERGY DISPLAY SYSTEM

Project Progress

30% complete

Project Description

The CEF is supporting the expansion of a building dashboard system similar to the current system in the Davis Center and the system planned for the new Aiken building. This system will display the energy usage of a number of buildings on campus in conjunction with the amount generated by renewable systems on campus.

Student Involvement

Once installed, the project will be used for educational benefit in numerous courses, and students in residence halls linked in to the system will be able to take advantage of real-time energy monitoring.

Project Budget

Expenditures to Date

Up to $44,000 No expenditures to date. The Clean Energy Fund implementation team is working with the Office of Energy Management to ensure that buildings to add are strategically chosen based on type, use, programmatic appropriateness, and the existence of proper metering and monitoring infrastructure.

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EQUINE CENTER SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAIC SYSTEM

Project Progress

Project Description

30% complete This project will involve the installation of a grid-tied photovoltaic system at the site of University of Vermont’s Ellen A. Hardacre Equine Center in the Miller Research Center at 500 Spear Street. The PV system would generate power for the horse barn’s electrical needs including lights, computers, appliances and other necessary equipment during the academic year. During the summer, the Equine Center is not in use and solar power generated from the system would be sold back to grid. Proposed Energy Production: approximately 45,717 kilowatt-hours per year Proposed CO2 Equivalent Reduction: approximately 18 metric tons per year

Student Involvement

Project Budget

Expenditures to Date

Students worked on the initial proposal with the Support of Dean Josie Davis; Student observation and participation will be incorporated into installation plan. Up to $125,618 Pre-Construction Services for the structural and electrical consultant evaluation and feasibility toward the installation of fixed solar panels at the Miller Research Farm. • Expenses would include Structural Consultant, Electrical Consultant and misc. administration expenses.

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$22,000.00

SOLAR POWER & SMART GRID RESEARCH

Project Progress

Project Description

10% complete The goal of this project is to transform Votey Hall into an integrated, wireless, smart grid and renewable energy laboratory. Smart grid technology is considered by many to be the technology industry with the largest potential for near-­-term growth. Aspects of smart grid have the potential to make electricity cleaner, more reliable, and, potentially, more affordable. An important component of smart grid is technology that will allow electricity customers to better visualize how and when they consume electricity and to more efficiently manage their appliances. Another goal of smart grid is to better enable the integration of small-­-scale renewable power generation technology into the power grid. Project Champions: Paul Hines and Jeff Frolik This project will initiate an effort to transform Votey Hall into a living smart grid laboratory. Students will complete the following engineering tasks: •

Student Involvement

• •

Design and build two multiple axis solar photovoltaic tracking systems on the roof of Votey Hall. Design and install a battery storage system to mitigate the intermittent nature of the solar power. Design and install a wireless sensor network for Votey Hall that will enable energy system components to communicate with one another, with a central energy management server, and with a smart meter for the building. Design and install a display on the first floor of Votey that will allow visitors and students to see the amount of energy consumed in the

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building. This student team will require substantial interaction among electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and computer science students. We anticipate the team to include at least 2 Electrical Engineering, 2 Mechanical Engineering and 1 Computer Science student. Project Budget

Expenditures to Date

Up to $27,000 Multi-year project (FY11 & FY12)  Undergraduate and graduate student wages  General supplies and materials  Salary and fringe benefits for course development, conducted by Paul Hines and Jeff Frolik (School of Engineering): • Tenured faculty salary. • Fringe benefit rate. TOTAL

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$12,500.00 $9,500.00 $3,559.00 $1,441.00

$27,000.00

2010-2011 PROJECTS

COMPREHENSIVE CAMPUS RENEWABLE ENERGY FEASIBILITY STUDY

Project Description:

How significant a role can campus-based renewable energy play in UVM’s progress towards carbon neutrality? The CEF will fund a study to help answer this question and generate scenarios to aid in renewable energy planning at UVM. This study has the potential to lay the groundwork for future decisions about resource allocation to renewable energy installation projects on campus. The deliverable analysis of this study will serve as foundational knowledge for both the CEF Committee and key campus stakeholders including UVM’s Campus Planning, Physical Plant, Facilities, Design, and Construction and senior administration.

Student Involvement:

Students will be involved with the consultant in an education and outreach capacity

Project Budget:

Up to $100,000

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GREEN LABS PROGRAM

Project Description:

This program will help reduce energy consumption in laboratory buildings through strategic equipment upgrades and peer outreach. The CEF will fund a program manager to run a pilot program that 1) involves individual laboratory members in identifying opportunities for efficiency in their laboratory and promoting efficient behavior among their peers; 2) upgrades inefficient laboratory equipment and techniques and 3) encourages labs to turn equipment off when not in use, and to retire unnecessary or duplicate equipment. Funding for equipment modifications and upgrades will be provided by the Physical Plant Department’s Office of Energy Management.

Student Involvement:

Potential exists for student employees to participate.

Project Budget:

Up to $60,000

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CLEAN ENERGY INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

Project Description:

The CEF will to sponsor student internships dedicated to clean energy on campus. Applications for these funds from internship sponsors and applications for internships from interested students will be received and evaluated on a rolling basis. Initial internships may include: campus energy management, energy accounting, energy mapping, installations & feasibility studies.

Student Involvement:

Internships will be open to all UVM students, depending on qualifications sought.

Project Budget:

Up to $25,000

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CLEAN ENERGY FUTURES LECTURE/WORKSHOP SERIES

Project Description:

The CEF will set aside funds each year to sponsor clean energy-related lectures, talks, symposia, and/or workshops. Applications will be solicited three times per year, and interested individuals or departments can apply for funds to offset a significant percentage of costs, such as speaker honoraria and travel, and event services charges.

Student Involvement:

Students will be eligible to apply for funds to organize events (with department support).

Project Budget:

Up to $20,000

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ORGANIC SOLAR CELLS FABRICATED BY UVM STUDENTS

Project Description:

This project will support a Materials Science course offering in which students will fabricate organic solar cells (i.e. photovoltaic, polymeric, bilayer, heterojunction devices). The CEF will fund student assistants to assist with the project as well as the purchase of necessary supplies and equipment.

Student Involvement:

In addition to undergraduate and graduate students participating in the lab preparations for this project, students can register for the course (Physics 008: Physics, Energy & the Environment).

Project Budget:

Up to $15,050

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PILOT REVOLVING DOOR INSTALLATION

(ARCHITECTURAL STUDY)

Project Description:

Proposed by the Physical Plant Department, this project will lay the groundwork for a potential installation of energy-saving revolving doors at either the Davis Center or Bailey-Howe Library. Because revolving doors are a highly visible, culturally significant, and architecturally distinct approach to efficiency, this project would be well-aligned with the mission of the Clean Energy Fund. The end project would eventually involve students in measuring the actual energy, cost savings, and carbon reductions achieved once the revolving doors have been installed and in use. If successful, revolving doors could be incorporated into building entryway standards across campus.

Student Involvement:

Student interns presented initial idea to Physical Plant; student interns will participate in subsequent feasibility studies in relation to this project and savings evaluations if project is implemented.

Project Budget:

Up to $4,000

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GREENHOUSE SOLAR

(STRUCTURAL AND ELECTRICAL STUDY)

Project Description:

Though solar energy opportunities on campus will be addressed in the comprehensive campus renewable energy feasibility study, the CEF will support a structural and electrical feasibility study of the GreenHouse residential learning community facilities for a potential rooftop solar array.

Student Involvement:

GreenHouse students will have access to the consultant to lear about the feasibility study process.

Project Budget:

*Will be implemented as part of Comprehensive Campus Renewable Energy Feasibility Study

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APPENDICES APPENDIX 1: CEF ORGANIZATIONAL & PROCESS CHART

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APPENDIX 2: CEF PROJECT SELECTION & IMPLEMENTATION PROCESS CHART

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APPENDIX 3: CEF FELLOW REPORT, 2010-2011

INTRODUCTION I stepped into my role as Education & Outreach Fellow for UVM’s Clean Energy Fund under the supervision of the Office of Sustainability in mid-August of 2010, with the project implementation cycle already underway and a new call for ideas about to be released. I initially encountered a significant learning curve, as I needed to learn quite a bit about the administrative organization of UVM and connect with key contacts to effectively engage with the community for outreach, education and promotion purposes, and to meaningfully participate in the project implementation process. However, as the 20102011 academic year progressed, and I became more familiar with the institution and its systems, I was able to accomplish the tasks outlined below. DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES EXECUTED, 2010-2011 Educational Outreach •

Gave presentations on the CEF’s history, purpose, projects, and opportunities for student involvement to over 300 students in the following settings: Eco-Reps (9/27), First-year Environmental Science class (9/29), ENVS 1 (10/18), ENVS 151 (10/28), Campus Sustainability class (2/8)

Community Outreach and Promotion •

Distributed Call for Ideas to UVM community through SGA, GSS, and GreenUVM listservs, outreach to Faculty and Staff, and class presentations

Participated in interviews with the Cynic and worked with University Communications to support and craft messages to the community about the CEF and its projects

Committee Support •

Gathered information related to current projects and prepared monthly status reports

Monitored Call for Ideas and prepared initial report on outcomes based on the 68 ideas received

Researched match funding opportunities, and identified the Vermont Small-scale Renewable Energy Incentive Program, the USFS Woody Biomass Utilization Grant, and the USDA REAP grant as potential replacements for the Vermont CEDF.

Project Planning & Implementation •

With Michelle Smith, worked as part of the CEF implementation team to facilitate the ongoing progress of CEF projects

Regularly met with and attended meetings with key staff in PPD and campus planning in relation to approved and pending CEF project.

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Website & Documentation •

Helped to build and populate the CEF website, including documentation, agendas & minutes, project documentation, press, FAQs, and forthcoming idea management module

Documented solar tracker installation

Conferences & Workshops •

Attended the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) conference, co-presenting a panel session on implementing green fees, using the CEF as a case study

Attended the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) and Renewable Energy Vermont (REV) conferences, meetings of the Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium (NECSC) and the Vermont Campus Sustainability Network (VCN), and a Community-based Social Marketing (CBSM) workshop to stay current in the current state of the renewable energy field, learn about best practices, and gain greater understanding of behavior change strategies.

Facilitating Call for Ideas & Proposal Development •

Researched idea management software, built out the IdeaScale module the committee ultimately used, and moderated the IdeaScale community

Worked with idea submitters, University offices, and CEF implementation team to develop ideas into actionable proposals

END OF SEMESTER & SUMMER PROJECTS  Release internship and lecture/workshop announcements and liaise with respective subcommittees  Continue to seek matching funds for current projects  Document procedures and practices involved in solar tracker installation  Prepare idea collection module for fall launch  Release and follow-up on RFP’s for Comprehensive Campus Renewable Energy Feasibility Study and Trinity Biomass project.  Continue to work with implementation team to move approved projects forward, focusing particularly on Equine Center and Campus-wide Dashboard projects  Prepare for expanded promotion of Call for Ideas and educational outreach at the beginning of the fall semester  Document procedures and processes and preparing orientation materials related to the fellow position.

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Time Distribution by Responsibility: CEF Education & Outreach Fellow

Conferences & Workshops 5%

Educational Outreach 15%

Facilitating Call for Ideas & Proposal Development 15%

Community Outreach & Promotion 15%

Website & Documentation 10%

Committee Support 20%

Project Planning & Implementation 20%

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APPENDIX 4: CEF PROJECT TIMELINE Projected Clean Energy Fund Projects Timeline

2011

2010

Apr-10 May-10 Jun-10 Jul-10

Aug-10 Sep-10 Oct-10

Nov-10 Dec-10 Jan-11 Feb-11 Mar-11 Apr-11 May-11 Jun-11 Jul-11

2012 Aug-11 Sep-11 Oct-11

Nov-11 Dec-11 Jan-12 Feb-12 Mar-12 Apr-12

Energy Auditing & Retrofitting Course

ACADEMIC

Approved

Planning & Feasibility

Project Running

Finished (for semester; project may run again in subsequent semesters)

Virtual Solar Carport Course Module Approved

Planning & Feasibility

Project Running

Finished (for semester; project may run again in subsequent semesters)

Organic Solar Cells Fabricated by UVM Students Approved

Planning & Feasibility

Project Running

Clean Energy Internship Program Approved

Planning & Feasibility

Project Running

OUTREACH

Clean Energy Futures Lecture/Workshop Series Approved Planning & Feasibility

Project Running

University-wide Energy Display System Approved

Planning & Feasibility

Project Running Green Labs Program Approved Planning & Feasibility

Project Running

Trinity Biomass Feasibility Study Planning

STUDIES

Approved

Project Running

Finished

Comprehensive Campus Renewable Energy Feasibility Study Approved Planning & Feasibility

Project Running

Finished

Project Running

Finished

GreenHouse Solar Feasibility Study Approved

Project Running

INSTALLATIONS

Aiken Solar Trackers (Spear St.) Approved

Planning & Feasibility

Installation

Finished

Equine Center Solar Photovoltaic System Approved

Planning & Feasibility

Installation

Finished

Slade Hall Solar Hot Water System Approved

Planning & Feasibility

Schedule Unknown Pilot Revolving Door Installation Approved Planning & Feasibility

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Schedule Unknown

May-12

APPENDIX 5: CEF PROJECT MAP (COMPLETED PROJECTS)

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2010-2011 UVM Clean Energy Fund Annual Report