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University of California, Merced

November 2011

Alliance to Save Energys Green Campus Program

Take the Stairs: A Success!

By Dao Vang
As of October 07, 2011, the Take the Stairs project was completed. During this successful month long event, students, staff, and faculty were encouraged to use the stairs instead of the elevators was a success. Green Campus outreached to more than a hundred people about energy savings and sustainable behaviors. A total of 31 people took the pledge to take the stairs and other sustainability pledges. From these pledges, a total potential savings of 7,044.55 KWh/yr and $1,367.26 will be saved per year. Although this project ended well, there were many challenges from this event. The biggest obstacle was getting students and staffs to take the pledge. Many students were interested in this campaign at the tabling events; however, as soon as they left the table, they forget to go online to take the pledge. At some tabling events, students were able to take the pledge at the table, which solved this problem. However, since the pledge was combined with the sustainability pledge, the pledge was too lengthy, losing potential pledge takers waiting in line. I would recommend making any pledge as short as possible. Overall, the Take the Stairs project was a success. Not only was it successful in outreach and savings, but also the lessons learned that came along with the project. Project leader Dao Vang learned that he needed to use his resources, such as team members and faculties. The more team members that he involved at tabling events, the more successful and the numbers of outreach. Dao also came to realize effective marketing techniques. Ive learned a lot from this campaign and will incorporate this knowledge to excel future projects. Thank you to everyone for all the support!

Current Projects Fall 2011

-Water Battle
Ends this month! 90,00 gallons of water saved!

- QR Code
Ends this month!


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Spring 2016 Nov. 2011


By Martin Figueroa The Water Battle against the nice Valley Terraces is in its final weeks. Students have saved about 70,000 gallons of water a 15 % reduction rate. The Battle has educated students how to save water in their dorm by making simple behavior changes, such as taking shorter showers, turning off the water while brushing their teeth, etc. With the participation of the students involved in the competition, Green Campus created a video that demonstrated ways residents could save water in their hall. The video has been aired during the competition on the campus-housing channel and posted on YouTube. Green Campus has also had several outreach events where they tabled outside the Cat Quad (a highly traffic area where students pass through to go eat or go to class), with their bike blender giving free smoothies and tips to save water and win the battle. With the new amazing technology now available to the UC Merced community, students were able to check their progress real time. They were able to see their total consumption of water (gallons/per day/ per student). Students were really interested and involved in the battle and took the competition seriously. Some ways students were trying to avoid using water in their dorms was by taking fewer showers, or showering at the gym. This competition was an educational experience for all students, staff and faculty. Integrating other student groups on campus, and a Writing 30 Class, helped spread awareness efficiently and made a significant impact on campus. The competition challenged students for one month, and the winning hall will receive a free pizza party, free canteens, and 1,000 dollars to direct to any non-profit organization of their choice. The awards night will take place November 9, 2011, in the CA room from 5-7pm. At the awards night students will receive their prize, showcase several flyers created from the writing 30 class, showcase the video created, and present the award to the non-profit organization.


By Joseph Ortiz Something in your dorm, office, and home can be a real killer. With energy efficiency and technological breakthroughs on the rise, one would think that developers of electronics would not only reduce the amount of electricity consumed during operation, but eliminate the stand-by consumption. The Phantom Load is the consumption of electricity when the device is turned off. This is like the DVD player clock or the TV standby indicator light slowly blinking, waiting for you to turn it back on. These devices are sometimes called vampires, since they suck electricity. Nationally, phantom loads make up 6% of our electricity. A one percent decrease in this load would result in a savings of $1 billion in energy generation. How can you avoid these phantom loads? One way is to use surge protectors or a smart strip. With surge protectors, you can switch the switch off to turn off power to all appliances. The Smart Strip is a device that has a master plug in which you plug your TV, desktop, or master appliance. There are additional strips in which accessories like DVD player, monitor, or speakers plug in to. When the strip senses the main appliance has powered down, it cuts power to the accessories. There are 2 extra outlets for appliances that need power when the master isnt on, like lamps.

Smart Strips prevent phantom loads!

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Spring 2016 Nov. 2011

ASUCM Green Fund

By Dmitri Medvedko Funding can be a major drawback for students planning projects in sustainability. At UC Merced, that is a drawback of the past. With ASUCM Senate approving the Sustainability Council bill, a dependent service now exists on our campus that can fund anything green. The criteria are few, the process is simple. Any full time undergraduate student may receive funding from the council. All the student must do is fill out two pieces of paper: an associate request form and a funding request. The forms are straightforward. The associate request form is a short essay concerning what the student or organization the student represent have done or will do for sustainability. After an associates application is approved, an associate may request funding. The funding request form is simple too. Funds are allocated based on a ratio of dollars to people affected by the proposal to carbon dioxide reductions in pounds that the proposal will have. The latter part might be a little tricky but plenty of resources for calculating a carbon footprint are available. If a simple Google search fails, the sustainability council has a Facebook at and is happy to answer metrics questions. The petition process and the entire council are geared towards behavioral change on a personal and event wide level. The individual filling out applications must think about his relationship to the environment and quantify his ideas in terms of carbon emissions. With monetary incentives to think and behave green, the UC Merced community is bound to exhibit the mindset of a sustainable community in their planning and events.


MARTIN FIGUEROA | Team Manager/Project Coordinator/Metrics Coordinator JOSEPH ORTIZ| Treasurer/Project Coordinator DMITRI MEDVEDKO| Project Coordinator/Public Relations DAO VANG | Project Coordinator

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