SolarCentric

Project Leader: Noah Sova (nsova@iastate.edu)

Meetings: Every other Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. on discord server

Goal: To bring more solar energy to campus in two ways. Retrofitting CyRide stops with solar panels and constructing a solar tree to create a lounge area on campus powered by solar panels.

Motivational Quote: “I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that.”

    - Thomas Edison


Campus Composting

Project Leader: Carissa Moyna (cmoyna@iastate.edu)

Meetings: Outside of Parks library, 5-6 on Wednesdays, also on WebEx

Representative picture of the team or work of the team- Our team brings composting to more places on campus and empowers students to live a more sustainable life with workshops

Goal and description of the project: The compost team’s mission is to expand composting on campus and empower students to live a more sustainable lifestyle through interactive workshops. We are currently working on implementing a compost system at Freddy Court which began operations this month!

Safety: Our meetings are outside, face coverings are used and physical distance is observed.  If you are not able to make it or prefer not to attend in person, WebEx is used to keep our meetings accessible to all.

Compost team GroupMe: https://groupme.com/join_group/45660449/Spqg7T

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EPA Campus RainWorks Challenge

Team Leader: Kennedy Cook, kennedyc@iastate.edu

Meetings: Thursday; 3:30 PM-4:30 PM; Parks Library and on WebEx

In the fall semester of 2017, ESW participated in the EPA Campus RainWorks Challenge. For this project, our team designed and proposed stormwater management solutions surrounding the athletic complex to the EPA. We were really proud of the work we put into this project, so we want to keep going! This semester, we will begin pursing a goal of implementing some of our solutions within the athletic complex. With the help of Dr. Michael Perez from the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering, we will begin to take action this semester.

Goal: To design a green infrastructure system that focuses on stormwater management around our campus!

Safety: In order to keep our members safe we provide virtual options to join our meetings and wear face coverings and maintain physical distance. 

Motivational Quote: 

“Never be afraid to try something new, because life gets boring when you stay within the limits of what you already know.”


Precious Plastic

Project Leader: Michaela Esveld (meslveld@iastate.edu)

Meetings: Tuesdays at 6:10 on Microsoft Teams or at Boyd Lab

ESW launched this project Fall 2018. We aim to, use and develop our skills for the purpose of showing off what can be done with waste plastic. Currently building a shredder as the first step in a mechanical recycling process for plastic. This will be a small system that we hope to use as a showcase for future outreach events. The goal is to add value to waste while informing and entertaining anyone who wishes to engage with our recycling system.

Safety: Meetings held virtually when not building when at the lab physical distancing is observed and face coverings are used.