SGEF Funded Projects Updates

Fall 2014:

  • EV Charging Stations: A proposal to install two Electric Vehicle Charging stations has been approved for the Fall cycle with the funding of $29,985.
  • Campus Recreation Carbon Footprint Reduction Project: A proposal to install new exercise equipment that will decrease energy costs and reduce the greenhouse gas emitted from the usage of treadmills, bicycles etc. This project was awarded $34,000 to buy three energy efficient machines.

Spring 2014:

  • Biodiesel Project Plant: A proposal to develop a community centered sustainable infrastructure to generate biodiesel from waste using a superior, novel and green technology. Biodiesel Project Plant will use campus cooking oil waste and manufacture biodiesel for the Bull Runner. This project is awarded $100,000.
  • Solar Charging stations at Chemistry Plaza: Solar Charging stations/tables, installed as part of a beautification effort in a high traffic and high use area in the center core of the Tampa Campus with the use of $26,134. The solar charging stations will be an additional feature installed in the plaza for students to use while studying between classes. It has an added advantage that the whole area will receive ADA improvements. The solar charging stations is accessible to all.

Fall 2013:

  • Refill Hydration Stations: SGEF has extended its funding for additional 36 hydration stations across campus through two projects. The third phase of the project is awarded $30,305 and the fourth phase of the project has been awarded $20,500.

Fall 2012:

  • Air handler Automation: A large portion of power usage at USF is consumed by the environmental systems to maintain temperature and humidity. This project was awarded $28,306 to develop a system of interface software to automatically and dynamically set the schedules of air handlers based on the space schedule information available from the R25 database.
  • Contemporary Art Museum Led Retrofits: The USF Contemporary Art Museum (CAM) presents a series of alternating exhibitions during the year. The exhibits are free and open throughout the year to students, faculty, staff and visitors. The museum converted existing halogen lamps to LED with an award of $9,100. This upgrade will achieve the following: reduce the amount of energy consumed by the track lights, lessen the heat output, thereby reducing the load on the HVAC system and increase the life hours of the lamp. Spring 2013
  • Bike share Project: This project proposes to deploy a smart bike-sharing program that will consist of about 100 GPS enabled bikes with multiple bicycle parking stations around campus. Mobile phone apps will be developed to facilitate locating nearby bikes, reserving and returning. This project was awarded $320,620.

Spring 2012:

  • A proposal from Housing and Residential Services was awarded $12,340 to install lighting controls at Cypress Hall that would dim or brighten the lights.
  • A $50,000 project to reduce electricity consumption will use “state-of-the-art methods” to manage desktop computers on campus. Submitted by students and a faculty member in the Department of Computer Sciences, new software would be installed in campus computers, which would allow them to go into sleep modewhen not in use.
  • Upgrades to Juniper-Poplar Hall’s heating, ventilation and cooling system, requested by Physical Plant, will receive $104,760 in funding and would require a 30-dayinstallation after an energy assessment is performed to determine how much energy could be saved through the new system.
  • The campus will also see 15 more water fountains designed for efficient refilling of water bottles, thermoses and other beverage containers for $24,320. The fountains will be installed in the Business and Administration building and the Faculty Office Building, among others.
  • The final project, proposed by Parking and Transportation Services (PATS), will replace existing fluorescent lighting in the Crescent Hill Parking Garage with energy-saving LED lights.