Spring 2015 Grant Awards

In the Spring of 2015, the following grants were awarded

Aggie B.L.U.E. Print Center: Building Lasting University Environments - $61,500.00

This project seeks to create an interactive, and educational test bed which showcases the process of Low Impact Development (LID) techniques for managing storm water runoff. The project manager is Galen D. Newman, PhD, who has been a lead landscape architect for a series of Low Impact Development based sites for service learning projects in the Brazos Valley Region. The purpose is to develop an on-campus living LID laboratory to expose students to experiences that go beyond the traditional classroom. The facilities will be attached between the Langford Architecture Center and Scoates Hall.

Aggieland Monarch Project - $6,200.00

The project aims to restore Monarch populations by establishing habitat for the butterflies on their annual migration through the Brazos Valley. In addition, the landscape instillation will function as a living laboratory for the students and community. The project manager is Andrew Payne who is a senior at Texas A&M, as well as a Certified Texas Master Naturalist. The proposed garden site will be in a high traffic area of campus where a multitude of students can view and study the flowers and Monarchs.

Aggieland Prairie Restoration Project - $28,935.50

The major goal of this project is to establish and manage a native tall grass prairie and wildflower ecosystem on campus in order to increase plant and insect biodiversity, provide a haven for native bird species, and create a renewable source of native seeds for the region. The proposed site location is a visible prairie near the main entrance to Texas A&M University on New Main drive. The project managers are Andrew Payne, a senior at Texas A&M and Dr. Casey Reynolds, an advisor and Agronomic Consultant in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences.

AGLS Hand Dryers - $6,100.00

This project will provide two energy-efficient and cost effective XLERATOR hand dryers on the first floor restrooms in The Agriculture and Life Sciences building. The hand dryers are estimated to help eliminate about half of the amount of paper towel waste that is taken to landfills from these restrooms. The dryers are quiet, take very little energy to operate, and will be conveniently installed close to the sinks. This project is managed by Kendra Williamson and supported through the Agricultural Economics Graduate Student Association.

Geosciences Buildings Window Film - $27,254.00

The goal of this project is to install “V-Kool,” window screens on over 100 windows in the O&M and Halbouty buildings. The screens will be placed on south-facing and west-facing windows in order to decrease average room temperatures which will save an estimated $5,737 annually in energy costs. ┬áIn addition, the screens are proven to reduce IR penetration by 90 percent and UV penetration by 99 percent, which will help prevent the degradation of materials within the rooms. The project is headed by Maureen Reap, the Facilities Coordinator in the College of Geosciences, and Dr. E. Brendan Roark, a professor in the Department of Geography.

Green Roof for Engineering Education Complex - $5,000.00

Engineers Serving the Community (ESC) aims to build a semi-intensive green roof for the renovation of Zachry into the new Engineering Education Complex. The ideal green space will be about 13,500 square feet with walkways and study spaces. The goal of the project is to improve air quality, reduce the energy and monetary costs of heating and cooling the building, and assist in storm water management by collecting and using runoff. Project manager and Texas A&M senior Sonja Loy, and Bohdon Wowtschuck, a first year graduate student, hope to provide an aesthetic green area for studying and learning. The Aggie Green Fund supported funding for the educational kiosk on the proposed green roof.

The PaveGen Sustainability Project - $60,274.74

The PaveGen project goal is to install energy generating floor tiles in the Sbisa dining hall or other higher traffic campus building. These tiles, made from recycled materials, will provide energy by simply stepping on them. The installation is projected to produce about 73.5 kilowatts of electricity per year, removing about 153 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions from the atmosphere. Student Project Manager Craig Wolf states that the goal of this project is to increase awareness on how energy is generated, and to reduce the campus's carbon footprint.

Residence Life Stainless Steel Recycling Containers - $17,600.00

The Aggie EcoReps and residents of various dorms noticed a lack of indoor recycling facilities in the on-campus residence halls. Therefore, this project calls for stainless steel, three stream receptacles on the first floor interior corridor of every residence hall. As stated by Brandon Carlson, the Community Director of Hullabaloo Hall, the goal of the project is to make recycling more accessible to on-campus residents, and to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills. The receptacles are to be established before the Fall semester move-in date.

Residence Life Building Signage for Recycling - $1,980.00

This goal of this project is to provide uniform signage for the recycling units in each of the residence halls. The signs will portray where the bins are located and how to use them properly. The ultimate goal is to increase visibility of the receptacles, and demonstrate how to sort the recyclables. This project, managed by Brandon Carlson, will go hand-in-hand with the new stainless steel recycling containers project in each of the on-campus residence halls.

Water Bottle Filling Stations in Residence Halls II - $44,000.00

The Department of Residence Life has installed 74 water bottle filling stations throughout its halls in order to provide fresh, filtered water to its residents. This project will reach the goal of installing one water bottle filling station for each floor of the residence halls. The ultimate purpose of this project is to reduce the amount of beverage container waste on campus while providing a healthy, sustainable option for clean drinking water. Dr. Carol Binzer and Steve Laube of the Department of Residence Life are managing this huge project in hope of making sustainability an Aggie tradition.