2019-2020 Recipients

Gemstone Team PISO

This Gemstone research team seeks to develop an efficient and clean method of collecting energy from foot traffic. Research focuses on the development of a piezoelectric generator capable of harvesting power out of the force applied by the footsteps of passers-by. The project aims to refine current technology into a viable source of clean energy and create a working prototype.

Compology Collaboration on Waste and Recycling Sensor Data

This project could improve waste and recycling on campus and improve the experiential learning of our students in data science. By installing two Compology Starter Packs on UMD dumpsters, students will collect and analyze real-time data on dumpster contents. Through data analysis, the students can advise UMD on how to better manage waste and recycling on campus.  

Food Recovery Network

Food Recovery Network received this Sustainability Fund Grant to cover the cost of operations for the first 60 days of the semester, so that it may request greater than $1500 per month from the SGA in order to expand operations. This expansion will be sustained by the ability to request greater amounts of funding from the SGA, and further requests from the Sustainability Fund Grant for this reason will not be necessary. 

Energy Utilization Index (EUI) for UMD Campus Buildings

This project will perform energy simulations for 220 UMD buildings to establish an energy use intensity target for each building. A database of building characteristics including enclosure properties, mechanical system types, and schedules for all of UMD buildings will be created. Further, these building characteristics will be inputs into energy models for every building, and the model results will form a basis of target energy use. Such a database will allow for setting ambitious but realistic target goals for the energy efficiency of buildings at UMD.

Monitoring Effects of Campus Creek Stream Restoration on Water Quality

This project monitors water quality to determine the environmental impacts of the Campus Creek Restoration project. Project leaders already collected 3 years of data at sampling points directly downstream of the Campus Creek and at Paint Branch prior to the restoration. This study will compare pre- and post-restoration water quality and lead to recommendations for either continuing to use regenerative stormwater conveyance (RSC) or changing the way that UMD uses RSC in the future.

The Sustainability Curriculum Project

The Office of Sustainability will fund a UMD faculty member to take lead on sustainability curriculum initiatives and work with other faculty members to develop new sustainability General Education courses. This project seeks to increase sustainability education opportunities for thousands of UMD students while improving UMD’s national rankings as a sustainability leader.

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