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CEF Announces 2013-2014 Projects List

The UVM Clean Energy Fund (CEF) is designed to advance clean and renewable energy on campus through research, education and infrastructure. The fund is supported by a self-imposed student fee of $10 per student per semester, generating about $225,000 per year.  After reviewing numerous proposals, the CEF Committee has recommended and the VP of Finance has approved funding for five projects and two lecture series in 2014-2015, totaling $152,844:

CEF Lecture Series:

Program: 
Clean Energy Fund

Improve Bicycle Access at UVM

2013-14 Projects
Project Timeline: 
06/2014
Project Progress: 
0%

This project aims to improve bicycle access, safety, and facilities at the University of Vermont.  Through collaboration with multiple stakeholders, departments, and student groups at UVM, research will be done to establish the bicycle needs of our campus.  Attention will be placed on bike storage and parking, bike lanes and pedestrian walkways, commuter routes to and from campus, the potential to develop our bike share system, and connecting to the transit network of Burlington.  The request for funding includes significant person

Off-Campus Student Energy Conservation Challenge

2013-14 Projects
Project Timeline: 
06/2014
Project Progress: 
0%

CEF funds will be used to provide home energy devices (HEDs) to UVM students living off-campus in Burlington, at no (or, a subsidized) cost. These devices connect to residential smart meters and make available real-time energy consumption information. Burlington Electric Department is in the process of deploying Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) in the city, but choices of how, when, and whether or not to use HEDs have not yet been made. 

GreenSpeed4

2013-14 Projects
Project Timeline: 
06/2014
Project Progress: 
0%

GreenSpeed4 will be AERO’s fourth generation hybrid vehicle. The AERO team has decided to design and build a vehicle with a parallel hybrid system.  AERO has added about 35 new members to our team from a variety of different majors. This increasing wealth of new ideas combined with the experience and guidance from the older AERO members makes it strategic to start building GreenSpeed4 now. This unique balance will also ensure the interest and dedication throughout the entire project.

Polar Power

2013-14 Projects
Project Timeline: 
06/2014
Project Progress: 
0%

Why use electricity to power mechanical, compressor-based refrigeration systems when cold, fresh air can cool a refrigerated space for free? This project involves a feasibility review of potential systems that could monitor outside and inside temperatures and bring, fresh, filtered outside air into a cooler during the winter. When outside air is used for cooling, conventional mechanical refrigeration system components are shut off and do not consume any energy.

CEF Lecture Series: Campus Food & Energy Seminar Series

2013-14 Projects
Project Timeline: 
01/2014 to 05/2014
Project Progress: 
100%

This lecture series will bring 3-5 guest speakers to the University of Vermont during the Spring 2014 semester to share their expertise on a range of subjects related to sustainable university food service, including energy issues. These events will serve an educational purpose for the UVM community and also provide a forum for discussion regarding our community goals for the UVM campus food system. 

UVM/Community 2013 Biomass Feasibility Study

2012-13 Projects
Project Timeline: 
05/2013 to 05/2014
Project Progress: 
100%
This study will examine the technical and financial feasibility of piping excess thermal energy from the nearby wood-fired McNeil Generating Station, the city’s existing power plant, to the UVM campus and the nearby hospital. This community energy idea is often described as “district heating  (DH).” If implemented, Community DH would bring UVM within reach of its student-supported goal of climate-neutral heating and cooling by 2020. 
 

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