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Virginia Tech commits nearly $70,000 to implement student sustainability projects

June 27, 2017

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The LED street lamps along Washington Street were funded as a student initiative though the Green Request For Proposals program.

Ten campus sustainability proposals from student organizations will receive $68,183 from Virginia Tech to improve energy efficiency, stream conservation, alternative transportation, and sustainable dining.

The projects are:

  • LED Lights in Burruss Tunnel
  • Stroubles Creek Riparian Restoration Buffer
  • ICTAS II Automatic Fume Hood
  • OZZI Machine Reusable Container Expansion
  • LED Lights in Squires Scene Construction Shop
  • Solar Charging Table (location TBD)
  • Water Bottle Refill Stations - Pamplin Hall and Major Williams Hall
  • Energy Saving Light Switch Stickers
  • Bike Racks for Residence Areas
  • Bike Shelter for Oak Lane Community

The projects were selected as part of the Green RFP Program managed by the Virginia Tech Office of Sustainability. Every year, the office seeks proposals from students and student groups for sustainability projects that support Virginia Tech’s Climate Action Commitment, especially projects focused on energy efficiency and energy conservation.

The 10 approved projects were among 13 proposals from students and student organizations that were reviewed by the Office of Sustainability, the campus Energy and Sustainability Committee, and the Office of Budget and Financial Planning.

“This program allows students to articulate what is truly important to them regarding sustainability on campus and allows them to leave a lasting legacy on campus,” said Denny Cochrane, Virginia Tech sustainability program manager.

Since 2010, the program has provided more than $450,000 to 43 sustainability projects, which has helped the university achieve the goals outlined in the Climate Action Commitment and Sustainability Plan. The plan, which was reaffirmed in 2013, commits the university to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving energy efficiency and recycling, and pursuing LEED Silver certification standards or better for new campus buildings.

Past projects include a solar table, low-flow shower heads, recycling containers, water bottle refill stations, and OZZI to-go machines in dining halls.

For more information about the program, and to read previous proposals, visit the Office of Energy and Sustainability website or contact Denny Cochrane at 540-231-5184.

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