Clean Energy Committee Funding Awards

By Paisley Gallagher

Clean Energy Committee Outreach Coordinator

I would like to send out a big “thank you” to all who applied for Clean Energy Committee funding. We saw a variety of project proposals from research, building projects, and speakers.

The applications that were awarded are as follows:

  • Daron Williams, an MES student, received funding for his research on the effect of swales to prevent soil erosion and create better rain water saturation.
  • Jeffery Green is building a sterling engine which we hope will become a permanent display piece when he is done.
  • Emily Smith and her group from Greener Engineering Co-op is working with RAD housing’s aquaponics on collecting data. Funding will support the purchase of data collection monitors; the data collected will be made available to Evergreen students for further study and research.
  • Greener Engineering Co-op also applied for funding to build a 3D filament extruder and printer. The extruder can recycle leftover pieces from the machines located in the CAL, and from certain plastics that can be found in the recycle bin.
  • Joe Martino from RAD housing was funded to expand the photovoltaic (solar energy) capabilities of the six current panels by adding an additional six panels. RAD was able to cover half this cost.
  • Emily Dunn-Wilder applied for funding to have the Yes Men attend our Earth Day Festival, so we will now have both coming for this spectacular day.

If you have a project in mind, come talk to us to see if we can help you fund it. We meet weekly on Wednesdays in Student Activities from 1 to 3 p.m. Our next hearing date is April 27 at 3 p.m. Check our website for more information. Applications are due April 24. Hearings are usually held in SEM II B 1105. Contact us prior to the hearing to confirm the location.

If we miss you at this hearing, our next hearing is scheduled May 20 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. We hope to see you there. You’re welcome to attend even if you don’t have an idea, but want to see what cool, new projects got approved on campus.

The Clean Energy Fund was initiated by the students of The Evergreen State College to fuel the progress of renewable energy in the Northwest. The Clean Energy Committee is student funded, as a group of students collaborating with campus staff and faculty. To learn more about the history of the Clean Energy Committee please visit our site.