Created by 6th Grade Students from The Learning Gate Community School and Elementary Education Majors from the University of South Florida with Dr. Jenifer Schneider Associate Professor University of South Florida Fall 2011
Introduction! 4 Overview of Teaching! 5 Acknowledgements! 9 House 1: Water Conservation and Production! 10 Chapter 1: Reuse, Reuse! 11 Chapter 2: Water Conservation! 14 Chapter 3: Waterbusters! 16 Chapter 4: Water Fountain Idol! 18 House 2: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! 21 Chapter 5: Recycling Fun! 22 Chapter 6: Paper Reduction! 24 Chapter 7: Save the Paper Towels! 27 Chapter 8: Vending Miser! 29 House 3: Electricity Conservation! 31 Chapter 9: Dehumidiers! 32 Chapter 10: Green Lot! 35 Chapter 11: Lightbulb QuestThe Game Show! 37 Chapter 12: Light News 9! 40 House 4: Electricity Production! 45 Chapter 13: Tinted Windows! 46 Chapter 14: Earth Ninjas and the Solar Panel Picnic Tables! 48 Chapter 15: Projector Switch! 51 Chapter 16: Lights! Lights! Baby!! 53 House 5: Flora! 56
Chapter 17: Compost Bins! 57 Chapter 18: Rain Barrel Man! 60 Chapter 19: Xeriscaping! 62 Sustainability is your Responsibility. Think about the Possibilities!! 65
Introduction The Ofce of Sustainability coordinates and builds partnerships for university-wide initiatives that advance the University of South Florida's strategic goal of creating a sustainable campus environment. To accomplish this mission, we actively support faculty, staff, students, alumni, and neighborhood partners in their efforts to transform the University of South Florida into a 'Green University', where decisions structural and routine consider both individual and collective impacts to our campus, community, economy, and environment. ( http://usfweb2.usf.edu/ Sustainability/about_mission.aspx ) Elementary Education majors from the College of Education at the University of South Florida ( http://www.coedu.usf.edu/main/departments/ce/ ) collaborated with 6th Grade Students from the Learning Gate Community School ( www.learninggate.org ) to address the challenge of creating a green campus. Working in small groups, the pre-service teachers and students searched the College of Education for ways to go green. They developed project descriptions, complete budgets, timelines, and sustainability requirements for USF to consider. In addition, the groups created video "advertisements" to promote their ideas and to create green awareness. Through the collaboration, USF pre-service teachers and the 6th grade students engaged in an inquiry project to discover and present interesting and accurate information about green products and services. They demonstrated strong research and writing skills. And they developed a multimedia project to share information with a wider audience. In other words, the pre-service teachers learned strategies for teaching composing across various media and the students learned strategies for composing across genres. The results of their efforts are showcased throughout this book and offered as a project of possibility for the university, college, and all schools to go green. Jenifer Schneider, Ph.D. Associate Professor Childhood Education & Literacy Studies University of South Florida
Overview of Teaching
Video 1: Project Preparation Video 2: Project Development
Video 3: Project Editing
Acknowledgements Thank you to The Learning Gate Community School Teachers for your leadership and support throughout the project. Your expertise was essential as the students and USF teachers developed their project proposals. Your willingness to take risks and think outside of the box serves as a valuable example for your students. Ms. Lisa Arias, Math Ms. Kim van den Broecke, English Ms. Beth Kern, Science Ms. Mary Howard, Art Mr. Frank Howard, Research Thank you to The Learning Gate Community School Parents for supporting the project with your time, attention, craftiness, resourcefulness, and your mileage and gas. We appreciate you! Thank you to Dean Colleen Kennedy for your continued support of this project. Every year, hundreds of students roam the halls of the College of Education creating lms and learning new information that they share through new literacies. Your vision for a 21st Century College of Education created the possibilities for this project ( www.coedu.usf.edu ). Thank you to Dr. Diane Yendol-Hoppey (Chair of the Department of Childhood Education & Literacy Studieshttp://www.coedu.usf.edu/main/departments/ce/ ) and Ms. Michelle Mason (Principal of The Learning Gate Community Schoolwww.learninggate.org ) for supporting faculty efforts to explore instructional innovation. Thank you to Dr. Deborah Kozdras, Chief Creative Ofcer of the Gus A. Stavros Center for Free Enterprise and Economic Education in the College of Education at the University of South Florida ( http://stavros.coedu.usf.edu /). Through your creativity, vision, and knowledge of nancial literacies, you helped create this entire project. You connected economic education, nancial literacy, and new media literacies to solve real problems in our community. Thank you to Dr. James Takacs, James Welsh, Nate Wolkenhauer, and everyone associated with the iTeach initiative and the iTeach lounge in the College of Education at the University of South Florida ( http://iteach.usf.edu /). Without you, this project would exist in words alone. Thank you for sharing the tools and strategies that bring our mental images and written words to life. Dr. Jenifer Schneider Associate Professor University of South Florida, Tampa
House 1: Water Conservation and Production
Chapter 1: Reuse, Reuse Video Introduction Project Description Attention College of Education, stop what you are doing and read this important message. Learning Gate students have come to the University of South Florida to observe the various resources used on campus. The students at Learning Gate have discovered some aws in the water usage at USF. According to the Learning Gate students, USF is wasting large amounts of rain water. The students have noticed that the rain gutters are creating small ooded areas around the school.! They also feel that USF is wasting water that could be used for other purposes.! Therefore, the students have come up with a couple economical ways to save the rain water. The students with Learning Gate would like to introduce a solution to USF's water conservation problem, rain barrels. These rain barrels are not like most rain barrels; instead they are custom made for USF school spirit. We plan to decorate the rain barrels with various USF symbols. From our recent research efforts, we have discovered rain barrels vary in price from $90-$150 according to cleanairgardening.com. However, we have found a cost efcient way in creating rain barrels for as low as $40. Our plan is to create rain barrels out of trash cans. The trash cans do not have wheels and can hold 50 gallons of water at a time. Our plan is to place a rain barrel under every open gutter to conserve the rain water for landscaping needs. On top of the trash can a tted window screen will protect the water from insects and leafs entering the barrel. A faucet will be drilled into the bottom of the rain barrel for a hose to be hooked up for watering.
! The purpose of the rain barrel is to replace USF's current sprinkler system. !! The sprinkler system is not only wasting water, but also is using electricity, thus taking money out of USF's pocket.! Our second proposal for USF is the use of a system called a cistern. A cistern is used to collect rain water and lter the water coming into the system.! After the cistern has ltered the rain water, it is then sent though underground piping and ready to use in the public bathrooms.! The recycled rain water is usually found in sinks and toilets.! The cistern is benecial to USF because natural resources are better for the environment and less costly.! Using the disposable city water only cost USF more money every time someone ushes a toilet or turns on a faucet. There is no doubt about it, rain barrels and cisterns are the most economical way to go.! Not only will USF save green, but USF will nally be green! Budget Justication: Rain barrels Cisterns $15.88 per trash can (x32) $1,389.09 per 1700 gal. cistern (x2) $9.87 per in. sediment faucet/hose (x32) $60.00 per hour, construction worker (x120) $50.00 per hour, handyman (x3) $96.00 per hour plumber (x120) $43.33 window screen $29.98 cement glue $138.39 paint (optional for USF logo) Total amount request: $21,294.79! Rain barrels Total amount: $1,185.70 Cisterns Total amount : $20,109.09
Timeline Rain barrels: First we need to hire a handyman.! The handyman will be hired to drill the holes into the trash cans.! The handyman is also required to cut out the window screen and glue the screen on top of the trash can.! !! The handyman should be able to do 11 trash cans per hour.! This would put him at three hours for creating the trashcans. After all the rain barrels are created, the student government needs to be asked if they can volunteer some time for creating USF logos on the rain barrels. The student government will use the paint supplies to decorate each rain barrel with USF logos.! Student government should be able to paint all 32 rain barrels in one day.! The paint will need one day to dry. The total time needed for creating rain barrels is 3 days. Cisterns : In order to install the cisterns, we need to hire construction workers for digging and a plumber for the installation of pipes underground. We believe the construction workers will take a week to dig a hole per cistern.! The plumber will also need about a week per cistern for the installation of piping. In total, the cisterns will take about 4 weeks to install completely. Sustainability : Rain barrels:! The only maintenance for rain barrels would be to swipe off any muck and check for tears in the screen. Cistern:! cistern does not have much maintenance, because it lters itself.! There should be random checks in the plumbing to check for clogging in the piping. Students names: Izzy, Adler, Alex, Lynsey, Gabby
Chapter 2: Water Conservation Project Description Group 2 of the USF/Learning Gate Sustainability Project has found out that the USF College of Education is losing alarming amounts of water with the use of the current sinks and toilets. The current toilets use about 1.6 gallons for each ush and the faucets use between 2 and 2.5 gallons per minute. While this is lower than the American average, based on Lowe's estimates, we have found toilets and faucets that can make the USF College of Education even greener. The Madera 15" Elongated 1.28gpf toilet would save about a third of a gallon per ush. The Zurn Z6914 faucet, with a 3-year battery life, would save between .5 and 1 gallon each minute it is on. Both of these products are touch-free and automatic, which reduces the amount of water usage because they shut off on their own. Although our toilets and faucets sound great at rst, we are condent that you will still be satised with the products months or even years later. You will see a change in your water bill when you switch from your current toilets and faucets to the ones in this proposal. Since the water usage won't increase or decrease, simple math shows you will save water. Not only would we tell the community of USF through bulletin boards and the oracle, but also everyone uses the bathroom so they would experience the water saving rst hand. Timeline This project would only be a one-time installation and would begin to work immediately after people begin to use them. There really is no extra maintenance from what USF currently does, and therefore would not require extra labor and money. Budget This whole project would add up to a total cost of $20,079.41. Each toilet would cost $87.83 and we would need 67 of them to replace all the current toilets. This would cost a total of $5884.61
for the toilets. Shipping is free. Each faucet would cost $236.58 and we would need 60 of them, which is a total of $14,194.8. These estimates include both shipping and tax. USF maintenance does installations. These numbers might sound expensive at rst, but these products would pay for themselves in the long run and help save the environment while saving money.! Teacher: Ms. Ashley Hodges Students: Sienna, Kyu, Kaitlin, Chris, and Marie
Chapter 3: Waterbusters Project Description An Eco Friendly Way to Report A Sprinkler Problem In recent months USF campus has planted and re-landscaped some of the 600 acres the campus sits on. This has called for more irrigation and sprinkler systems. Creating problems that the Physical Plant at USF can't always see right away that is consuming valuable water and wasting money. But we have a question for you, is USF using a fast, easy to use system that allows anyone who sees a problem to report it? We propose that USF should adapt a new protocol for reporting a broken sprinkler to prevent water loss and money loss. By taking these simple steps and going green, USF can save gold. Here at USF there is not an easy way to report sprinklers that are malfunctioning. We are suggesting that USF take action to create a more efcient way to report broke sprinklers around the College of Education campus. There are many ways to prevent the amount of water being wasted. A broken sprinkler can waste up to 530 gallons of water per hour. That is more water that most people drink in a year!! At USF broken sprinklers spray the sidewalks, spew water, and water areas that do not need to be watered. What a waste of water! We can x this traitorous problem that is wasting water at the College of Education. There are easy and cost efcient ways to help report water loss at USF. Budget Our rst suggestion is the quickest and easiest way to help people understand how to report a problem. By putting signs around the college of education, informing students where they can report a problem. The signs can have a direct number to notify the physical plant of
malfunctioning sprinklers. Signs can be made for as little $274.80.! That includes ten aluminum signs with eco-friendly holders placed around campus. They are able to withstand Florida weather and are durable. Students will be able to report and notify the maintenance division about the waste of water. Walking around the college of education, there are many TV and messages that show important information. Adding a short advertisement about the water that is wasted on campus could bring it to people's attention. The slide can have a contact number and web address linking students to an easy to use reporting system. Creating an easy to use web link will allow students to report the broken sprinkler issues.! Recruiting people that currently work and produce the slides or videos that are played in the college of education lobby will help cut cost of outsourcing this quick x to the water wastage. Most students at USF use their phone for everything. By allowing students to easily report a problem using their phones, is a quick and inexpensive way to nd out where a broken sprinkler might be. There are many different software programs you can purchase that allow students to text the physical plant. Trumpia marketing tools has the software that allows companies this service for as little as $48.00 a month. Setting this service up requires the physical plant to install an answering service or call center. Students can volunteer in the center answering phone calls, emails, and texts. All of these ideas are quick xes and economical.! They help the college of education save gallons of water each month, and put money back into the college. By making changes and updating the reporting system the college can save 20,000 gallons of water each year. Helping to support and providing a sustainable ecosystem. By incorporating these simply ideas the college of education will become Waterbusters themselves, and remember that going green saves gold! Website Resources: http://trumpia.com/?promocode=GTRUM&pi_ad_id=8315734257&gclid=COzYayZtqwCFZFb7AoddhvUmg http://www.813signs.com/us/real-estate.html http://www.geisermiser.com/Documents/GeiserMiser%20Brochure.pdf http://www.conservewater.utah.gov/OutdoorUse/SprinklerSystem/ http://www.chnep.org/moreinfo/water_conservation_facts.htm Students: Colin, Dalen, Jacob, Rafa, Sean
Chapter 4: Water Fountain Idol Project Description Purpose The purpose of this project is to conserve water bottles (mainly plastic). The EZH2O lling station will help to reduce the amount of plastic water bottles that end up in landlls. We want to convert USF to a greener overall practice and to help reduce USF's carbon footprint. Proposal Text Who wants to live in the middle of the Pacic Garbage Patch? Not us! But that could very well happen if we keep wasting our plastic water bottles! We have a product in mind that will help prevent this from happening. It's called Elkay's EZH2O. The EZH2O system is a no-touch water bottle rell station and it tastes just like bottled water. It lls water bottles three times faster than the traditional water fountain, which cuts down on time. More time means happier students! Instead of getting a new water bottle every day, rell the one from yesterday! This reduces the amount of water bottles that end up in landlls. Another way to help reduce the
amount of water bottles in landlls is to use a reusable water bottle. By reducing the amount of water bottle waste, we can help the Earth by keeping it clean, USF become a greener university and help reduce the carbon footprint. Budget Total Budget Amount Requesting: $11,500.00 to install 5 Retro-Fit units in the College of Education building There is no cost for shipping. Our requested amount of units qualies for free shipping. Budget Justication: Installing the Retro-Fit Rell Station will help to save space in landlls. If we invest this rather small amount of money, $11,500.00, we will save over one billion dollars in water bottle processing, help free up our landlls, and help USF towards their goal of becoming a greener University. Installation of the Retro-Fit Rell stations is just one small ways that we can reduce the amount of plastic water bottles that are being circulated in the Tampa Bay area. There are more than 38 billion water bottles that end up in landlls every year which is more than $1 billion worth of plastic going down the drain. Installing the EZH20 Retro-Fit Rell stations in the College of Education building is one way that we can help USF move closer to being a greener university. The lters on the units need to be replaced about every three to six months. The lters are sold in packs of three, nine, and twelve at a discounted rate. Not only will the installation of the Retro-Fit Rell Stations help to achieve USF's sustainability goals of becoming a greener university, there are other added benets of installing this product. The Retro-Fit Rell Station is an easy self-install product. This would cut down on the costs of having to hire a contract worker(s) to complete the installation. The maintenance staff that is currently working at USF would easily be able to install the units. The self-install product would cut down on additional labor costs for USF and keep the current staff working. There are several tools that are required to install each unit. The USF staff members may already have the required tools amongst the tools they use on a daily basis. If there is a tool that is required that the USF staff members do not have, each of the tools can be purchased for an inexpensive price at Home Depot or www.homedepot.com ). The tools required for the installation and their prices (if they need to be purchased) are: Safety glasses $2.97 Gloves $1.97 drill bit $3.59 Electric drill $29.97 # wrench or crescent wrench $5.34 5/16" nut driver $7.48 Utility knife $0.98 Tape measure $2.94 Pencil $0.19 Center punch $9.96 socket & ratchet wrench $14.97 5/32" and 7/64" allen wrench $4.96 (set of allen wrenches) $There are already several EZH2O units installed on USF's campus. The local contract company for the Elkay Company is Harry Warren, Inc. based out of Orlando. The specic contact person for ordering the units is Ann Rickenbach who is located in the Tampa ofce. Ms. Rickenbach can be reached at 813 622 6500.
Long Term Sustainability: Installing these units around the College of Education will help to reduce the amount of water bottles that end up in landlls. We would like to see our proposal be put into action rst by installing units all throughout the College of Education building, and then expanding this proposal to the entire USF campus. References www.elkay.com www.homedepot.com Harry Warren Companies http://harrywarren.com/default.aspx Ann Rickenbach (inside sales for the Tampa area for Harry Warren, Inc.) Teacher: Nicole Richards Students: J.J., Nia, Sammy, Tommy, Cameron, Chandler
House 2: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Chapter 5: Recycling Fun Project Description Can we change a big community with a small step? We believe we can and we have the solution! We call it the fun theory! Did you know that the average American throws away about 4.5 pounds of plastics, paper, aluminum, and glass each day, all of which can be recycled? This quickly adds up to about 1.500 pounds of trash per person per year. Most of the items getting thrown away are biodegradable. At USF alone there are nearly 40,000 students. That's roughly 245 tons of trash in a single year! Our idea is to make recycling fun! If it is fun more people are likely to do it. What we have planned is to create a solar powered recycling bin for papers, trash, and plastic. Inside the recycling bins we will place sensors that will be able to detect when an object is being placed in. As soon as the item goes in a song or a noise will begin to play, therefore encouraging more people to place things in the bin.
Our plan is designed to make more USF students recycle. It's a low cost, effective way to help the environment. We can even take the recycled items and use them to crease new things, just like learning gate does. We plan to not only place them in the College of Education but also by the Sundome, library, Marshall center, and the dorms! All you have to do is place an object in the recycling bin and just think of the great impact this could have on our campus! Budget Justication Solar Panels Recycling Bins Sensors Cords, Miscellaneou s Installation Music Box $97 (x5) Total: $485 $50 (x15) $750 $27 (x15) $405 $15 (x5) $75 $500 $35 (x15) $525 Total Amount Requested: $2240 plus $500 installation cost for a total of $2740 Sustainability The sustainability would not be much, we already have a recycling crew who picks up the materials at the end of the night. After the initial installation cost, there really would not be more and the fact that the recycling bins are solar powered and that is what charges up the sensors and music box so you would not have to worry about those going out except for normal wear and tear. Because this is such a simple change that can make a world of difference we propose that we have all 5 bins set up by the end of 2012. We believe we can change USF, now the question is do you?! Teacher: Kimberly Forgas Students: Morghan, Julia, Max, Tyler, Allyson
Chapter 6: Paper Reduction Project Overview Are you writing three lines on a piece of paper, and thinking about crumpling it up? Well STOP right there! People in the US throw away 68 million tons of paper each year (Frequent Questions, Paper Recycling US EPA). Well do not fear, super iPad is here to save the paper from its abuse. Super iPad is on its way to propose its talents uses in the college of education in the place of paper. Super iPad has amazing paper saving applications that can, not only bring meaningful learning back into the class and train our upcoming educators for the future that they must embrace, but also cut student waste down considerably. With its use the University of South Florida's College of Education can set the standard for lowering paper waste through out the whole University then, help put a dent in the lowering of the 68 million tons of paper the United States wastes each year! Organization USF College of Education Project Description With the growing use of technology today it has become evident that the paper age has fallen away.! Devices such as iPads, kindles, and laptops are making the use of books as pointless as a troop of minstrels in a modern music shop.! We have decided to measure the potential impact that tablet technology has on paper reduction today.! The goal of the project is to provide ten students with iPads and have them write all of their
papers and buy all of their books through the tablet.! This will then be compared with ten other students who will use the traditional notebook, and hard cover texts.! A control group of ten students will be put in place to measure how much paper is used without any prompting towards technology or paper.! At the end of one semester the accumulated paper use of all thirty students will be compared and the results will be made available for further study.! It is our belief that the students who have the iPads will only use paper on worksheets that teachers pass out, reducing its consumption exponentially.! While this is simply a small group study the idea that a comprehensive look at paper waste through textbooks, worksheets, and paper tests need to be examined in order to nd the most efcient way to combat wasting unnecessary materials.! This project can easily be communicated to the college by sending out a mass email to the students, looking for volunteers; the results can also be transmitted the same way.! Amount requested $5000 Budget Justication $5000 dollars is the cost of ten new iPad 2s (IPad 2 Now with IOS 5 and ICloud), the price for books that the students will need will come out of the students" own pockets, as will any applications that they wish to purchase.! Timeline Dates are put into a timeline where approval of the project is day 0.! The project will begin four weeks prior to the next semester. !During the rst two weeks thirty students will be selected to participate in the class, they will be told that they are part of a study that gives them a 33% chance of having an iPad as incentive to join.! During this time they will be informed of the experiment and given an option to stay through the whole project or to quit now.! The next two weeks will give students time to acquire their books, and to become familiar with the tablet.! After the new semester has begun, students will be asked to turn in the paper that they have used, yet no longer need to the project manager to keep an accurate recording of what is used when.! The project will conclude at the end of the semester, four months later.! Evaluation Metrics The effectiveness of the study will be shown through the comprehensive examination of the paper gathered throughout the semester.! This information will be turned into visual representations (bar and line graphs) of how much each student used, the mean, median, and the range of each group.! It is through this data that the effectiveness of the iPad in reducing paper use will be determined.! Plan for Sustainability If the iPads are successful in reducing a large amount of paper waste (which would be 25% less paper used than the control or the paper encouraged group) then a follow up study/investment could be made where the students rent the iPad for a year with the option of purchasing it at the end of the each semester.! This would spread them throughout the college, reducing paper waste for several classes, rather than just one
as seen in the study, and the revenue generated through renting and selling the tablets would allow more to be purchased.! This would perpetuate the business and allow for further studies. References "Frequent Questions | Paper Recycling | US EPA." US Environmental Protection Agency. Web. 14 Nov. 2011. < http://www.epa.gov/osw/conserve/materials/paper/ faqs.htm >. "IPad 2 Now with IOS 5 and ICloud." Apple. Web. 14 Nov. 2011. < http:// www.apple.com/ipad/ >. Teachers: Jamie Wells!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!! Students: Connor, Tyler, Angelies, Danielle, Keegan, Christina
Chapter 7: Save the Paper Towels Project Description a.Goal / PurposeOur goal is to help the University of South Florida go green. We intend on doing this by minimizing the use of paper towels in the College of Education followed by the other buildings on campus. b.ObjectivesWe will do this by decreasing the number of paper towels used in the restrooms. Instead, we will have 2-3 hand dryers installed in each one. We gured there are about 20 restrooms in the College of Education, each having 2-3 paper towel holders. By eliminating these, we will be saving the University of South Florida money in the long run. c.Outcome AssessmentIdeally all campus buildings will be nished in 2015. This gives the school 4 years to gain the funds and the time to install the hand drier units. d.Community AwarenessIn order to inform the community and school campus of the new changes, we had the idea of posting an advertisement on black board, (like the current sneeze in your sleeve campaign). This would tell students and staff about our plan of going green. We will share that we are doing this by saving paper towels to lessen waste, save more trees, and save the school money. Our group also thought that once this project was established school-wide, advertisements can also be included on the jumbo-tron at sporting events on campus. We also considered having an advertisement in the Oracle for teachers, parents and community members to be aware of our plan for paper towels and saving trees. Amount requested a.Budget justication-
-We based our numbers on the College of Education restrooms. We estimated 20 restrooms; 10 male, 10 female. We then took into consideration each having an average of 3 paper towel holders. This means we need about 60 hand dryers for the Collage of Education. 1. Dyson AB04-120-G Airblade Hand Dryer, 110-120V, Polycarbonate ABS, Energy Efcient Hand Dryer, Grey $1,199.00 for 1. $1199x60= $71,940 for the College of Education 2. Palmer Fixture HD 950 SS, BluStorm Touchless High-Speed Hand Dryer, Grey $339.99 for 1. $440.00x60= $26,400 for the College of Education b.Rationale 1.Dyson Hand dryer: The Dyson hand dryer dries your hands faster, it saves paper towels too. Also, it's automatic so you do not waste unneeded energy, taking 15 seconds or less to dry hands completely. 2.BluStorm Hand dryer: The BluStorm is also automatic. In addition it is cheaper than the Dyson model. It reduces the use of paper towels as well which will help save trees and the University of South Florida money. Timeline for project a.Major milestones / accomplishments: One of the rst major milestones will be the completion of the College of Education restrooms. The next milestone would be the completion of each of the other campus restrooms at the University of South Florida Tampa Campus converting one building at a time. b.Start to nish: In the past, the University of South Florida has spent $125,000 on paper towels each year. Based on our timeline the College of Education could be completed in 10 days. This would suggest 2 restrooms in the College of Education (1 male and 1 female) would be converted each day until they are all completed. The University of South Florida could then install the air driers in each of the other campus bathrooms, one building at a time, again with 2 restrooms at a time like in the College of Education. Sustainability -In one year the University of South Florida spends $125,000 on paper towels. Over the span of our project we plan on eliminating up to 75% of paper towels from campus. Students: Evan, Rachel, Alex, Daniela, Danial, Jarett USF Teacher: Ms. Yesenia Hernandez
Chapter 8: Vending Miser Project Description Did you know the USF College of Education spends thousands of dollars on electricity each year? You could reduce this cost by conserving energy. One way to reduce the energy consumed by vending machines. The College of Education has 11 vending machines, 9 of which vend drinks. Drink machines consume more energy than snack machines because they need to be on constantly in order to keep the drinks cool. To conserve energy, our solution in to use the "Vending Miser" on all drink machines in the College of Education. The "Vending Miser" is an easily-installed device that attaches to the back of the existing vending machines and controls the amount of energy used. Within 15 minutes of inactivity, the "Vending Miser" 's lights will shut off, while still maintaining its refrigeration. Budget We are very aware of how important costs are in this proposal. "Vending Misers" cost $171 per unit, but buying more saves you more. Five to nine units can be purchased for a discounted rate of $166. So, 9 drink machines at a cost of $166 per unit, the total cost would be $1,494. For that small cost, there are tons of benets. For example, using the money saved in energy costs, the College of Education could purchase improved materials and resources for the students. But the benets are not just for the College of
Education, but for the whole University. By saving energy in this way, USF will set an example for the city, state, and maybe the whole country. By making USF more green, it shows that USF cares about the Earth and will encourage other campuses to do the same. Sustainability!!!!!!!!!! So what does this mean for the future? Putting this plan into action is simple Anyone can install the "Vending Miser", and you might even be able to get students to volunteer for free. The installation is also very simple and it shouldn't take more than 1 day to install all 9 "Vending Misers". The "Vending Miser" is very low maintenance, only needing replacement every 10 years If the "Vending Miser" works well in the College of Education and you are happy with the results, USF could expand their use across campus. As future USF Bulls, it's important to us that the campus is green and something we can take pride in. Go Bulls! Teacher: Christy Brinkworth Students: Austin, Abby, Antonia, Cela, Jordan, Kyle
House 3: Electricity Conservation
Chapter 9: Dehumidiers Project Description Our goal is to help lower costs of the monthly nancial budget in the College of Education building at the University of South Florida.! We will install dehumidiers for positive and eco-friendly reasons.! The dehumidier is a mechanism that extracts excess moisture from the air.! This will help to lower the cost of the air conditioning bill because the dehumidiers use less energy and cost less to run per month than air conditioners do.! Our long-term goal is to inuence other colleges at the University of South Florida to be more eco-friendly by using dehumidiers. Objectives 1.We will install dehumidiers to cool the Education building at the University of South Florida. 2.We will administer a survey to the students and faculty in the College of Education to gain information of their preference regarding the temperature of the classrooms in the building.! We will then determine the average temperature, which will be approved by the Dean of the College of Education.
3.We will create an advertisement to inform the community of USF about the dehumidiers. We will give them information such as how much electricity that we can save, and that we are making USF a more sustainable campus. Outcome Assessment We believe that the outcome of this project will be that the University of South Florida will become sustainable, save electricity and save money.! To gain assistance, we will recruit the student body and faculty to help us make these changes.! By doing so, we will become a role model for other departments and inspire them to change their buildings.! The physical outcome of this project would be for the students and faculty in the College of Education to feel the difference in the temperature compared to using air conditioning systems.! We will compare each month of the year after installing the dehumidiers to the same month in the previous year when we used air conditioning (ex. Compare June 2011 to June 2012).! We will use this information to help convince other buildings to use dehumidiers and to monitor our progress.! We will administer another survey after the installation of the dehumidiers to see how the faculty and staff feel about the changes in temperature.! We will use this information to determine if we should adjust the building's temperature to make the faculty and students more comfortable. Community Awareness We will create a video to inform the students and faculty of the University of South Florida about the dehumidiers.! We will also post our video on the USF website to cover a larger audience.! We will have a journalist from the USF Oracle write an article about our project to inform the USF community about the dehumidiers.! We will then submit the article to our local newspapers, such as the St. Petersburg Times, and the Tampa Tribune to inform our community outside of USF about our project.! We will also use posters to advertise our project around the College of Education. Budget for Dehumidiers After doing further research we have found a company who is willing to install the dehumidiers. The entire education building is over 47,000 square feet. We are looking to install ve dehumidiers, which will be enough to reduce the intense ow of air that is circulating throughout this building. If you refer to the attachment, you will see that the cost per unit is $21,447.51. Since we need ve units the extended price of the units will be $107,237.55. The units also require duct and insulation, which is $179.00 each, and the total project needs twenty ducts totaling $3,580. The nal price for the materials is $110,817.55. USF teachers: Marissa Blackwell
Students:! Lily Mae, Olivia, Tanner, Sebastian, and Lindsay
Chapter 10: Green Lot Project Description Our problem at USF is that people are using too many nonrenewable resources. The parking permit is expensive and inconvenient to park at USF. Who can we provide better parking to? We can provide it to Professors, students, visitors, and staff. We offer priority parking to people with hybrid cars. Our goal is to persuade USF students and etc. to buy a hybrid car. We are going to set aside designated parking spaces for people with hybrid cars. The outcome will be that people will save money. The people of USF will want to save money they will save an average of $500 a year. It will also be better for people with hybrids because the permit to park will be 50% cheaper than normal parking permit. The preferred parking spots will be more convenient because the students will be parking right behind the library and in front of the college of education. This plan will be healthier for the environment because it will use less oil. And if we don't use as much oil it not give off as many pollutants in the air. Also oil is a nonrenewable resource. So once we run out of it we can't get it back. Hybrid cars do not use oil they use energy from the sun by getting charged. In the end the hybrid car saves the environment oil and energy. We are going to convert lot 1 into a hybrid car lot. Our long term outcome is to spread the hybrid car spaces. The lots we want to convert we people buy more cars are lots 29b, 29a, 36, 41, and 37. We want to make USF a green college. We are going to do that by spreading the lots for hybrids to other colleges' too. When we have converted the lots many people will buy hybrids cars. Because they will think pretty soon all the lots will be for hybrids. The other colleges we
want to spread it to the Social science, human services, library, and the college of business parking lots. Budget The hybrid sign total is $9,984 for the parking lot that we are going to convert the reason is that the signs cost $32 and there are 312 parking spots which adds up to a grand total of 9,984 dollars. Although the car cost a lot the actual car dose not cost USF any money. Sustainability So we could tell the hybrid car manufactures and since we technically are insisting that people by hybrid cars so they may pay for some of the cost. We are also promoting that we should help the environment by telling people they should buy hybrid cars doesn't that sound amazing saving all the nonrenewable resources. We want to promote on the sidewalk, on the radio, on the TV, everywhere! We want everyone to understand just how important it is to be concerned about the environment and our nonrenewable resources that we are using up. Hopefully our lot will encourage more purchases of hybrid cars and the expansion of the Green lot. Students: Noah, Haley, Norah, Patrick, Ty, Andrew
Chapter 11: Lightbulb QuestThe Game Show Project Description We came up with an earth friendly, cost efcient way to save electricity and money usingLIGHTBULBS!!! We are proposing that the phillips Alto ll 28 watt light bulbs will be replaced with 13-Watt energy efcient lightbulbs in order to make U.S.F. and the earth a greener place to be. We are going to use a 13 watt CFL lightbulb to save 78% more energy than the Phillip lightbulbs that are currently being used at U.S.F. The 13 watt CFL lightbulbs last ten times longer and use 2/3 less energy. It produces less heat so U.S.F. wont have to use as much air conditioning as they are using now. These are two ways already that will save money and energy but there is more! Team 11 found a lightbulb that costs $1.84. If we multiply 1.84 by the amount of light xtures in each room it will come to a reasonable price range which will be handled by the $100,000 grant that is going to be given to U.S.F. by! very generous donors. The approximate price for the lightbulbs alone is $5,300 which leaves $94,700 for the installations. We also have to change the light xtures because the most energy efcient light bulbs are for smaller xtures than the ones that are installed now. These lightbulbs require a circular xture, different from the ones in place currently. They are similar to the light in the hallway of the education building! near the elevators. We hope you enjoy this proposal to make U.S.F. more ecofriendly! !!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
A) Goal/Purpose: Our proposal will help make U.S.F.'s College of Education more ecofriendly and help to save the college money. By installing these new light bulbs and xtures we will become more energy efcient because the new CFL light bulbs save 78% more energy. B) Objective: Save U.S.F. money by replacing light bulbs and xtures. C) Outcome Assessments: By hiring people to come in and install new light xtures and light bulbs we will save USF money over time. The old light bulbs will be replaced with newer and lower watt, Energy Star rated, eco-friendly light bulbs that use less energy. The new light bulbs will save U.S.F. a great deal of money in the future. D) Community Awareness: There will be a lot of talk about U.S.F. trying to go green in another area of the University. If our plan goes as we want our project might attract news stations. If our project goes on the news there is a possibility that we will reach a lot of people to show them the good we are doing. This also might prompt others to donate for the cause of helping U.S.F. go green. Budget USF will need to install new xtures and housings because the old uorescent light bulb xtures will be too large for the new CFL light bulbs we are going to install. **These Values are Estimates Only** Old bulbs New Bulbs installation (ceiling tiles, new xtures, labor) Recycling Cost Cost Case of 25 for $83.33 ($3.33 each!) $1.84 $3,000 total Housings: $36.99 each $ 49,715 total Installation: $6,300 total (estimate) ~1344 old bulbs to be recycled @ ~$4.38/ea. --------------------$5,887 total Money saved X From old bulbs, $1.49 per bulb X X Total: !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!! $3,000 !!!!!!! $56,015 !!! !!!!!! $5,887 Total costs added together: $64,902 Students:
Delaney Mikayla Kendall Christian Luke Ashley USF Teachers: Tiffany Adames
Chapter 12: Light News 9 Project Description We plan on installing motion sensor lights (DT-200 Series Dual Technology Ceiling Sensors) to all 48 classrooms in the old and new college of education. Objectives The primary objectives of the installation of motion sensor lights are to conserve electricity, raise awareness about energy sustainability, reduce carbon-emissions, and save money for University of South Florida. Advantages of Motion Sensor Lighting Cost efcient Safety Convenience Energy savings of lights while rooms are vacant Prevention of crime Ability to cover a large classroom easily Advantages of the DT-200 Series Dual Technology Ceiling Sensors
Cover up to 2000 square feet of walking motion Designed to control lighting in difcult applications where one technology alone could encounter false triggers. designed for classrooms, warehouses, large ofces, open ofce spaces and computer rooms Contains manual on switch if needed Contain SmartSet technology which continuously monitors the room to identify patterns. Based on these patterns, units automatically adjust time delay and sensitivity settings for optimal performance and energy efciency. Sensors have short delays (as low as ve minutes) for times when the space is usually vacant and longer delays (up to 30 minutes) for busier times. Motion sensors keep lights off when they're not needed!!! Goals/Purpose The purpose of this project is to save electricity and money for the University Of South Florida College of Education through the installation of motion sensor lights in the classrooms. We also plan to promote awareness about how much electricity can be saved simply by switching to motion detection lights. Expected Outcomes Drastically reduce the electricity bills for the college of education to save money. Educate students and faculty about the benets and savings of motion sensor lights. Eliminate the use of classroom lights while classrooms are not in use. How to communicate project to faculty and students Show faculty and students the benets of installing motion sensor lights through a video The video features six students from Learning Gate Community School creating a news story about lighting thieves wasting electricity. These student's clever script and acting adds fun and humor to the need for the installation of motion sensor lighting in the classrooms. Educating with posters on doorways and inside classrooms before entering classrooms showing awareness and benets of saving electricity. Budget
After speaking with Doyle Electric Services; Inc. they were able to give an estimate of how much the installation of motion sensors will cost. The cost includes providing labor, materials, and supervision for the terms listed below: These are the following term and conditions: Provide and install two Watt stopper DT-200 ceiling sensors and a power pack in each of 50 classrooms (based on site information provided by USF. 100 sensors and 50 power packs total). All line voltage wiring to be run above ceiling with MC Cable. All class 2 low voltage wiring to be free wired above ceiling. All ceilings assumed to be fully accessible acoustical tile. Classrooms to be completed consecutively. Budget proposal pending conrmation of site conditions:!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! $41,565.0 Important Information regarding proposal The budget proposal is valid for 30 days from proposal date of Nov. 7th. Permit excluded. Work to be performed during normal business hours. This proposal is based on insurance limits presently in effect at Doyle Electric Services, Inc.! Any additional insurance requirements may add additional cost to this proposal. This proposal can be withdrawn at any time without notication. Budget Justication
Timeline for the project Doyle Electric Services; Inc. proposed that this project could be completed in four or ve weeks from the time of the rst sensor installation. Sustainability Motion sensors are designed for a minimum of 5 years after installation with no maintenance required. If a problem occurs within the ve year time frame of installation, the sensors would be covered under warranty. After the initial wiring is completed, the only maintenance required would be to replace units which no longer work after the ve year warranty.
Created by:Aydan, Ellen, Seth, Evan, Lea, Lauren USF Teachers: Ms. Amie, and Ms. Sarah
House 4: Electricity Production
Chapter 13: Tinted Windows Project Description The College of Education is encased with a 400 sq ft window. The stairwell has three air conditioners that are being over used. These air conditioners, in our opinion, are being over used because we are only in the stairwell for about one minute (climbing from the lowest to the highest levels). This unnecessary use of energy could be prevented. We propose that a tinted lm should be installed. The lm that we would be using is called 3M. This lm uses revolutionary technology to transmit more visible light than window glass. This technology uses no metals in the lm resulting in virtually the same appearance as the original window, which is nonreective. Our objective would be to seal off the air vents in the stairwell. Research shows these lms block 97% of the sun's heat and 99% of harmful ultra-violet rays. This would help the USF community by lowering utility costs while keeping the stairwell cool with tinted windows. We suggest assessing the outcome of this project by turning off the air conditioners for one day. This would be reected in the utility bill and we would be able to multiply the savings by the number of days there are in the month. This would essentially be the amount of energy and money we would be saving with the installation of the lm because we would be sealing the air conditioner vents. We could make the community (faculty and students) aware of the energy and money we would be saving by creating a yer and posting it on the wall in the stairwells at each level. We would also post some of the yers on the bulletin boards around the College of Education. Budget The total minimum amount we are requesting for our project is $1,200. In talking with a distributor, Engineered Sun, we were quoted an amount of twelve dollars per square foot for the
lm. The window that is encasing the stairwell in the college of education is approximately 400 sq ft. We came to this measurement by contacting an employee in physical plant. Therefore, we came to this dollar amount by multiplying the amount of square feet by twelve dollars. If you are interested in making the tinted window shatterproof, you have the option for 800 dollars more. This would make the total dollar amount equal to 2,000. These costs include certied professionals coming to USF and installing the lm. There would be no added costs to the maintenance of the tinted windows. The tinted windows can be cleaned the same way the untinted windows are (using household solutions such as Windex). Timeline Taking in consideration the time that would be needed for this project, you would need to plan for a day for the professionals to install the lm. After that day, it is suggested that the lm be left alone (meaning do not clean during this period) for about 30 days. During this time, bubbles and haze are normal. As the lm dries, the bubbles and haze will disappear leaving the lm beautiful and long lasting (about 10-15 years). Sustainability This project will be sustainable over a long period time. The ultra violet ingredients in the 3M lms do not lose their effectiveness over time. Research shows, most 3M lms will last anywhere between 10 to 15 years, sometimes longer, with no added maintenance. Sources 3M Window Films (2011) http://solutions.3m.com/wps/portal/3M/en_US/Window_Film/ Solutions/?WT.term=prestige+window +lm&WT.campaign=1981&WT.source=google&WT.medium=cpc&WT.content=508455480& WT.srch=1&cshift_ck=84d3d51d-be5d-4a5f-8fb9a31b9532d2dccsycUCV1L8&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=3M+Brand +Sitelinks&utm_source=google&utm_content=&WT.mc_id=3MWindowFilms&utm_term=prest ige+window+lm Retrieved October 13, 2011. Engineered Sun Inc, (2011) http://www.engineeredsun.com / retrieved October 13, 2011 Students: Brandon Steven Andrew Cole Mason Teachers Jessica Weaver and Rebecca Streetman
Chapter 14: Earth Ninjas and the Solar Panel Picnic Tables Project Description We came up with the idea of solar panel charging stations at the picnic tables near the education building. Solar panels will help save energy, electricity and money. Using our $100,000 budget we feel it will take less than that to make this happen and will be totally worth it in the long run. The solar panels will be wired to the picnic tables where students and staff can easily charge their laptop and cell phones without having to worry about a dead battery. Budget It cost less than $100 to build these solar panels yourself which is cheaper than buying one online or at a store to begin with. There are step by step directions on how to build one and what materials you would need. We would try placing the panels on the roof of either cooper hall or the education building but if that does not work then the grass area by the library would work. We would need about need about 54 solar panels which would come to $5,400. It is going to be about $10.000 for wiring
and will take approximately 27 days to make all the solar panels needed. If 2 solar panels are made a day then 27-30days will be needed to complete all 54 solar panels. By the end of the project about $15,400 will have been spent on this project. There is plenty of money left over to use on more solar panels if needed or other projects to save money and energy at the college of education. We hope you like our proposal and think this is a great idea so please take our opinion into consideration! Thank you for your time. !!!!!!!!!!! Sincerely, !!!!!!!!!!! !!!!! Group 14 Sustainability Our purpose in creating this project is help save energy, electricity and money while giving students something to benet from. Objective The objective is to save U.S.F college of education money by having students use the outside charging stations powered by solar panels instead of indoor electricity. Outcome By installing solar panels and using them as a charging station students will be able to study and get work done before in between and after classes without using electricity inside and saving USF money. It will help USF become a greener campus and show that this can just be the beginning of things to be changed to become more GREEN friendly. Community awareness For starters we have already attracted the attention of news channel 10, if we continue the good work and our plan is chosen then more news stations will pick up on our story. We will put yers around campus to inform students of these charging stations and encourage them to use them and enjoy the nature around them. If enough people hear about what we are doing at USF maybe it will help others take after the changes being made at a school near them.
! Students: Alex, Keelyn, Diana, Adrian, Braeden
Chapter 15: Projector Switch Our video will consist of the breaking news when the teacher attempts to turn the television on. The news will have two anchors that will cover the story of a private energy investigator who discovers the high electric bill at The USF College of Education building. The investigator looked into the case further, only to nd that the use of projectors played a signicant role in the rise of the bill. The news will continue to cover the story through to the successful end! Project Description 1.Power switch for projector. Goals/Purpose: To save energy by providing an easy access tool to disconnect the projector when it is not in use. Teachers often use the projector throughout the duration of their course, but they rarely turn it off because there is usually another teacher coming in right after them. By providing a power switch specically for the projector, teachers will have a better opportunity to control the projector with little problem. This will also preserve the longevity of the projector. Objectives: In order to save energy, we will install one power switch in each classroom that is connected to the projector. Teachers will have an easy access tool to turn the projector off. This will help the college save energy and money long-term. !!! Outcome Assessment: In attempt to save energy and money used for idle projectors; we will apply that energy and money to other need areas at the USF College of Education building. There is a lot of money being wasted when a projector is not turned off when in use. It may seem minute, but when 20 projectors throughout the facility are turned on although they're not in use, a lot of money and energy is wasted as well. Community Awareness: We will hold several seminars for teachers to understand the waste of energy and money. Signs will be printed and posted around the USF area to advertise for the new initiative. Also, advertisement will take place at USF events.
! Total Amount Requested $6,580 Budget Justication We contacted several local electricians because we were not able to get in contact with the electrician provided through the USF Physical Plant for the College of Education. The local electrician, Tyler Yeager Electric, Inc., gave the best rough estimate collected. For labor and material per outlet, the cost would be $180. There are 31 classrooms with projectors in the College of Education; therefore the total cost of installing a power switch for each of the classrooms would be $5580. That price includes both the materials and labor for the job. We estimate $1,000 for miscellaneous factors. Timeline Each power switch installation takes an hour to install. Therefore, it will take 31 hours to install the power switches for all the classrooms with projectors. We estimate ve days to complete this project. Two electricians will work ve six-hour shifts to complete the installation of all power switches. Sustainability The long-term affects of installing power switches for projectors in the classroom include: Providing an easy access tool to turn the projector off. Saving energy and money by turning the power switch off when the projector is not in use. Utilizing the money saved and applying it to other sustainability projects. One-time installation for this project to excel. Students: Josh, Angelo, Lauren, Kara, Jasmine, and Dorna
Chapter 16: Lights! Lights! Baby! Project Description A.) Goal/PurposeOur goal is to make USF a greener place and reduce electricity usage. We can do this by using motion sensor light switches. B.) ObjectivesOur objective is to make the world and USF! a greener place and to save money so that tuition at USF continues to be maintained! at a lower cost. Through this written proposal we hope to attain approval by USF, to place motion sensor light detectors throughout the College if Education's 19 classrooms as a start. Once the savings of both electricity and money has been proven, through placement of! motion sensor light switches! in the College of Education, perhaps all colleges on campus! will! replace! old! manual light switches with! motion sensor light switches. C.) Outcome AssessmentsBy using motion censored lights switches and CFL light bulbs at USF, it will improve the environment along with the economy. It also prevents electricalcompanies from increasing energy usage rates. http://www.ehow.com/ facts_6098880_saving-electricity-important_.htmlFurthermore the extra money being saved can go into good use by buying educational supplies for the College of Education. D.)Community AwarenessBy going green and saving electricity, we can save money and conserve electricity.By saving electricity, we will be using less fossil fuel, which mean lesscarbon emissions being released into our atmosphere. When there is being lesscarbon emissions in the atmosphere, the chances of climate change will bereduced.
By the university being such a highly visible campus, people mayfollow the example of the university and start going green. Total Amount Requested We request $430.16! for 19 motion sensor light switches to be installed in the 19 classrooms in the College of Education at USF. Budget Justication We chose our GE 57884 Motion Sensing Light Switches from amazon.combecause they offer free shipping and the lowest price for this item. GE 57884 Motion Sensing or On/OffLight Switch, Single Pole, IvoryDetects motion up to 30 feet awayAllows you to set the length of time the light stays onWill adjust to ignore motion during daylight hours Product DetailsProduct!!!! Dimensions: 7.2!!!! x 6 x 3 inches Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces ASIN: B0006JMNJ6Item model!!!! number:!!!! 57884 Each unit costs $22.64.For 19 sensors, it will cost $430.16. This includes free shipping and handling. These motion sensor light switches can easily be installed by the USF College of Education maintenance team. This product will beinstalled in all 19 classrooms in the education building. Project Timeline Free shipping takesup to 5-8 business days. Installation of 19 motion sensor switches should only take approximately one day. Sustainability The best part about using motion sensors is that we save electricity and sustainability requires no cost unless damage occurs. Lights Lights Baby! (x2) Lyrics for the rap written by Ricky and Cayden with group collaboration for editing. Stop! Put on a brake and listen. DCR is on a brand new mission. Money grabs a hold of me tightly, Leaving on the lights daily andnightly.
Will it ever stop? Yo I don't know! Turn off the lights or I'll blow. To the extreme carbon dioxide ishigh Killin' off animals, this is sadlike ies. Dance!! Unplug the speaker that booms Wasting electricity is like a poisonous mushroom Conserving electricity when I play a dope melody Anything less than the! best is a felony Love it or leave it Your better turn off the lights The kids don't play! If your wasting electricity YO I'll solve it Turn off the switch while my DJ revolves it USF Teachers: Wendi Pruitt Students: Shelbi, Danielle, Cayden, Damien, Ricky
House 5: Flora
Chapter 17: Compost Bins Project Description I wiggle through the decaying apples, fresh leaves, banana peels, coffee grounds, grass clippings, and delicious pumpkin seeds. I am living the dream in this world of leftovers. Everyday I work hard to live up to my title as the "organic garbage disposal". Although no one really likes me since I am so small and slimy, I am helping people and their world. Here at USF, the humans as well as I are starting a new environment friendly trend. I am a worm and love where I live, I am going to help USF save gold and go green! !!!!!!!!!!! Everyday tons of food is wasted and thrown into landlls where it takes many, many years to rot away. We want to change this by adding compost bins to the University of South Florida. Compost bins can save money and turn food into nutrient rich fertilizer. There are many benets to using compost bins, such as eliminating the need for chemicals. Compost bins are also important because they are Xeriscaping's best friends. Xeriscaping will introduce more native plants into USF, and the compost bins will produce fertilizer for the plants. We are bringing compost bins to USF to save the school money and help the environment. We would be creating fertilizer from the compost bins, which is one way we will save
money. We will also help reduce the amount of chemicals and pesticides used at USF. Compost bins would also have long-term effects for USF. The longer compost bins are used as USF, the more food that will be composted, and in return there will be less food wasting away in crowded landlls. A major concern in many communities is that landlls are lling up, and compost bins will help reduce the amount of waste going into landlls. This is a long-term sustainability project that we want to begin right away. Once we have compost bins set up around campus it can take as little as 3 months to create nutrient rich fertilizer. ! Budget By using compost bins we will save money for USF because the bins create fertilizer for the school and will not have to be purchased. The initial cost for this project for one year is $28,606.03. We came to this nal cost because the cost of 10 workers paid at minimum wage for one year is $18,384. The cost of three golf carts for the workers to collect the compost bins is $9,000. We found compost bins on the Internet for $36 a piece. The cost of 30 bins to place around campus and put the compost into is $1,080. The cost of trash bags to put into the compost bins is $112.08. The cost of one pound of worms is $29.95. These costs may seem like a lot in the beginning, but in time money will be saved, and the environment will also benet. Budget Justication The reason we need 30 compost bins is so that we are able to place them around campus so that enough compost is collected to produce fertilizer. We will put the compost bins in areas that people eat, and areas that get a lot of trafc around campus. We would put two bins in the Marshall Center, and two bins in the back area. One bin will be placed at Beef 'o' Brady's, two bins will be at Juniper-Poplar, two bins at Argos, and two bins at Andros. There will be two bins at Champs, and one bin outside of the library. One bin will be placed outside of the bookstore. Two bins will be outside Cooper near the trashcans, one bin will be by the Engineering building, and two will be by the Education building. One bin will be by Burger King, one will be by the Sun Dome, and two will be in Greek Village. One bin will be placed by Holly, one will be by Cypress, one will be in the Palms, and one will be by Maple. There will be one bin by the Business building, and one in Subway. These are busy areas throughout the campus that many people go to. By adding
compost bins to these locations, people at USF can help their school and the environment. Next time you eat a tasty apple, think before you throw! Donate the leftovers to a hungry worm that will make the leftovers useful. Look for compost bins next to trashcans all over campus. By using these bins you can help make a different for your environment. For more information about composting, watch our video coming soon! Students: Cat, Carson, Brenden, Stephanie, Ralph, and Daniel
Chapter 18: Rain Barrel Man Project Description Dear USF Sustainability Ofce, !!!!!!!!!!! The purpose of this proposal is to keep the University of South Florida campus from ooding, help save plants and landscape, and cleaning USF buildings by placing rain barrels throughout campus. We think the campus will benet by placing one-two rain barrels at each building. These rain barrels will be hooked up to the gutters of the buildings so that they can collect water. Lids will be placed on top of each barrel to keep out sticks, rocks, acorns, etc. Not only will these barrels store water but they can also be decorated to your liking. !!!!!!!!!!! The water in these barrels can be re-used in many different ways. The rst way to reuse the water is to water the landscaping. Second, the water can be used to wash buildings, golf carts and more. The third way to reuse the water can be to put it in a tank to help put out future res, or even ll up the campus pools. The solutions for having rain barrels around campus can be very benecial. The rst solution is to help USF reduce wasting water. The rain barrels will help to stop ooding around campus and to help water the plants. Budget !!!!!!!!!!! The total cost for our proposal, is $13,000. Part of this cost includes one hundred, 60-gallon rain barrels at 120.00$ each, and then we will need 100 green rain barrel
connector gutters to connect to the buildings gutters that are already there at 10.00$ each. The rain barrels include; a lid with locking feature for safety, sealed system keeps out mosquitoes, pests and more, they are quick and easy to install. Also, all parts for installation and use are included; spigot and garden hose adapter, connection kit for down spout, and a 3-year full replacement warranty and free shipping. Sustainability We have come up with a cost free plan in order to have the rain barrels emptied. This plans involves student organizations such as sororities, fraternities, athletic teams and more, taking turns to empty these barrels as a way to give back to their school. The volunteers will connect hoses, that USF already has for their sprinkler systems, to spigots which then can be turned on to water the plants, soil, and landscape. The volunteers and already paid USF employees can hook up a pressure washer system to the spigot to clean the buildings on campus. !!!!!!!!!!! We understand this may be a lot of money, but it is for a good cause. These barrels will benet the USF campus, and conserve water in a cost efcient way for future usage. Sincerely, Destiny, Mariah, Trevor, Michaella, Joshua, USF Teacher: Ms. Rachelle
Chapter 19: Xeriscaping Project Description Xeriscaping the worldOne campus at a time! Saving money and looking beautiful is easy to do! Who knew planting plants could be so easy. Xeriscaping is a great environmental tool to use in any place you wish. Xeriscaping is using native plants that require less water and upkeep. Xeriscaping is the way of the future. Using this type of landscape will only better our environment on the campus. The less water we use at the University of South Florida allows for other places in the community to have our unused water as a resource. The fantastic thing about xeriscaping is that it can be put anywhere! As long as the plants are native to the environment they can be used. Xeriscaping helps the environment because of the lack of water needed and the use of native plants. These native plants are extremely valuable. The plants will grow in the place they are planted and then smaller plants grow off of the original plant. Once these smaller plants grow large enough we can take them and plant them in another place. These plants grow and expand naturally. This allows us to spend less money on buying plants. Also the lack of use of the water will also save us money. It has
been found that xeriscaping can save 50%-75% of the use of water. While upfront it may seem expensive, in the long run you will save an abundance of more money. Xeriscaping is the way to go. It is environmentally friendly and it saves so much water. This type of landscape will make our campus more beautiful and healthy. Budget ( http://www.oridanativeplants.com/index.html ) Palmetto Green SawExcellent ground cover beneath trees. Tropical look, Slow growing. (3 gal $20, 7 gal $60, 10 gal $75, 15 gal $90) MistowerPerennial. Lavender/blue owers, Spreads, Buttery attractor, Groundcover. ( 1 gal $4.00, 3 gal $10.00) Beach Buttercup YellowPerennial. Blooms all year, attracts pollinators, reseeds. ( 1 gal $4.00, 3 gal $10.00)
Sunshine MimosaPink "pom-pom" owers. Can be mowed to 4 inchesAlso known as "Sensitive Plant" because its leaets close when touched. (4" $2.50, 1 gal $3.50) The area we are proposing to be xeriscaped is 250 square feet. It will cost about $2,000 to install the xeriscaped plants. This is paying the workers to come out and do the labor. As far as upkeep the grounds crew at the University of South Florida would do this so there is no additional cost. All these plants use less water than evasive plants do. This project is estimated to take about a week due to the small size of the area being xeriscaped. Our idea is to use this as a test run and then if it works out well and saves the university money to go and have other areas throughout the college xeriscaped. Students: Cameron, Carly, Colton, Harrison, Lauren, Logan USF Pre-service Teachers: Bridget Morrissey & Denise Prebich
Sustainability is your Responsibility. Think about the Possibilities! Choose one of these projects and create a parallel project in your school. Choose one of these projects and create a parallel project in your home. Choose one of these projects and create a parallel project in your community. Think Green! Reduce your carbon footprint!