2009 Green Fund Summary


The Green Fund covered a portion ($30,000) of the cost to install condensate meters and steam meters in Cartwright, Whitney, REC and all residence halls existing at the time of the award. Prior to installation UW-L had no data on actual steam consumption and condensate return in each of the buildings. The project allowed UW-L to establish a baseline of steam consumption. This data will allow identification of steam loss and implementation of corrective action within each building system. UW-L will also use this data to verify, with adjustment for seasonal temperature variations, the impact of energy conservation practices within each facility.

This project likely resulted in savings on steam costs for some student funded facilities, because the prior method for charging for steam use for all buildings was based on square footage. When size is equalized in the square footage charge-back model, buildings with more exhaust (e.g. Whitney) would have profited at the expense of other building with less fresh air having to be brought into the building and conditioned (e.g., older residence halls). Meters allow for steam costs to be charged based on the amount of steam consumed in each facility.


Equipment was installed on one of the exercise machines in the REC so that people could create usable electrical energy while they exercised. The final project cost was $426.00 The machine was set up so that it generated its own reading light on the machine, and also a couple of re-charging ports were installed so that the user could re-charge cell phones, etc. from the electrical power that they were creating. It was designed to be an educational tool and to promote the possibility of hooking up numerous machines in the REC that are constantly in use, and actually create a substantial amount of power. It was in use for a few years; however, the machine has since reached the end of its life and is no longer in use.


In Spring 2010, the UWL Environmental Council sponsored a bicycle powered concert. This innovative event only cost the Green Fund $2,500. The majority of the power used by the concert was powered by students riding stationary energy generating bicycles onstage. The concert was well attended by UWL students, and had a significantly lower use of energy than other UWL events.


Electric vehicleUniversity Centers purchased a $10,000 electric truck as an alternative to purchasing a second fuel powered vehicle. Since the arrival of the electric truck we have driven over 300 miles compositing, transporting equipment, and running errands between campus buildings. Having the electric truck has made it easier for our Custodial staff to take care of their duties outside of Cartwright Center such as hauling tables and equipment from building to building or to and from green spaces. The truck has helped with getting composting goods to the composting grounds on a regular basis and helps University Event Support get large and heavy equipment to event sites. The electric truck has help University Centers save money on fuel and was cheaper than purchasing a new van or truck for the same purposes.


In Fall 2009, $3,700 was used to fund the outdoor recycling bins seen around campus. Clear recycling bins have been shown to have lower rates of contamination, which occurs when people put garbage in the recycling bins. This is why the university chose to buy clear outdoor recycling bins. So far, they have been a great success and are widely used by students, faculty and staff. This effort to recycle keeps recyclables out of landfills so that they may be reused.