Year: 2012, 2014
Grant Amount: $2,500 (2012)
The Longhorn Band uses many products that are recyclable, and is currently making a conscious effort to educate members on recycling and composting the everyday materials members use. They seek to become a “Zero Impact Band,” meaning that 90% of materials used can either be recycled, composted, or reduced all together.
The Longhorn Band used Green Fee funding to order reusable cups and water bottles for their members in order to encourage reuse and recycling. They also worked with Pok-E-Jo’s, a local barbeque company that provides meals for the band on game day, to use compostable dishes and silverware. Future projects include ordering iPads for directors and section leaders to use in order to reduce paper. Renewed funding will take this project into the 2014-2015 academic year.
Year: 2012, 2013
Grant Amount: $14,500 (2012), $28,000 (2013)
The Orange Bike Project rents bikes to those who need them. The expansion of this project involves the acquisition of over 90 bikes as well as more equipment for the community bike shop. Shop location and hours can be found on the main Orange Bike Project website. Community members and students can use this bike shop to work on their bikes and learn bike maintenance basics from the OBP staff.
Bike rental programs include short-term rentals, semester-long rentals, and weekend rentals, all at very reasonable and competitive prices. The commuter-style bikes are maintained by the OBP staff who also provide instruction on how to care for your rental bike.
Grant amount: $50,000
Air quality is not only important for our health, but it impacts our environment as well. Facilities Maintenance partnered with six labs in Welch to utilize air quality sensors. Via these sensors, labs are able to regulate how much and how often the vents need to be open. The sensors automatically adjust ventilation rates for optimal safety and energy efficiency. Ventilation needs are lower when the air is clean, and higher when the air contains particulate matter, regardless if people are working in there or not.
With the addition of air quality sensors to six labs, Welch saved over $14,000 dollars in one year, with an ROI of 3.05 years.