Active Projects

Bioswale & Rainwater Harvesting

By creating a rainwater harvesting system along with a bioswale at the Hearst Field Annex Buildings for irrigation and filtration, we divert pollutants from Strawberry Creek, mitigate drought, localize water sources, and waste less money and energy overall.

Hoover Elementary School Garden

Fight food insecurity in the Bay Area by building nutritional literacy, an outdoor curriculum, rain garden, chicken coop out of recycled materials, and much more with campus partners and students at Hoover Elementary School in Oakland.

3D Printed Waste Recycling

Despite being technology of the future, the 100+ 3D printers on campus create piles of plastic trash. Through a series of recycling projects in collaboration with SERC, Green Labs, Richmond High School, and many more, we can convert vetoed prototypes and tangled spools into new filament and materials research – providing educational opportunities alongside a zero-waste future.

HOPES

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Repair Cafe

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NEW! Liquid Gold

Work in a lab, create educational media, assist in the development and automation of the urine processing system, facilitate hydroponic experiments to test the vitality of the fertilizer, or design a plan to scale for campus-wide nutrient capture with Civil Engineering professor and researcher Dr. Kara Nelson! As our newest initiative, we will be implementing a urine diverting toilet in O’Brien Hall to research the potential for wide scale urine nutrient recovery for agricultural fertilizers.

Past & Evolved Projects

Some of our projects have evolved into larger entities – securing seed funding, long-term partnerships, or turning into independent organizations. We are proud of their accomplishments and welcome you to look them up separately.

Paper Towels to Energy

The purpose of this project was to produce bioethanol from waste paper towels from bathrooms around campus. By using fungal cellulases to unlock the sugars within the lignocellulose contained, paper towels can grow the fungal species necessary to produce bioethanol.

ESW 2020 Zero Waste Team

Headed by Nicole U., this dynamic team is motivated to assist engineering departments and organizations to align with the UC Zero Waste by 2020 goals. The team works with the Student Environmental Resource Center and Zero Waste Research Center for hosting zero waste events, workshops, and socials. They will leverage existing resources with a goal of creating awareness and institutionalizing zero waste practices. This team also consults with all other ESW projects to ensure long-term waste-free meetings and build days.

From Tiny House in My Backyard (THIMBY 1.0) to 3.0 and SHAC

Tiny House in My Backyard (THIMBY) is an interdisciplinary team of UC Berkeley graduate and undergraduate students who design, prototype, and develop long-term and sustainable models for tiny home communities. They started by building an award-winning, sustainable tiny house for the 2016 SMUD Tiny House Competition and are now focusing everything they have learned on tiny house solutions for homelessness as an independent organization: Sustainable Housing at California (SHAC).

Floating Island – Man Made Wetlands

In the last year alone, all of the lakes within a 30 mile radius of Berkeley have had toxic algae blooms at least once. Even non-toxic blooms cause dead-zones or spontaneously turn toxic, killing multiple dogs in the area! To prevent this, we work with the parks department in order to plan, construct and implement man made wetlands (“Floating Islands”) on lake Temescal in Oakland and make real impact on reducing the algae in the lake.

From Tiny House in My Backyard (THIMBY 1.0) to 3.0 and SHAC

Tiny House in My Backyard (THIMBY) is an interdisciplinary team of UC Berkeley graduate and undergraduate students who design, prototype, and develop long-term and sustainable models for tiny home communities. They started by building an award-winning, sustainable tiny house for the 2016 SMUD Tiny House Competition and are now focusing everything they have learned on tiny house solutions for homelessness as an independent organization: Sustainable Housing at California (SHAC).

Floating Island – Man Made Wetlands

In the last year alone, all of the lakes within a 30 mile radius of Berkeley have had toxic algae blooms at least once. Even non-toxic blooms cause dead-zones or spontaneously turn toxic, killing multiple dogs in the area! To prevent this, we work with the parks department in order to plan, construct and implement man made wetlands (“Floating Islands”) on lake Temescal in Oakland and make real impact on reducing the algae in the lake.

Clark Kerr Rain Garden

Because of poor landscaping and irrigation, water is constantly flooding directly into the entrance of the Building 2 Courtyard at the Clark Kerr Campus and off into the street. Recently, an orchard was planted in the courtyard; however, when it rains, the water flows directly down the side of the building to the door, rather than to the newly planted trees. This is an opportunity to reduce runoff and flooding and to improve water quality while educating Clark Kerr residents on campus issues.

Food Waste App

Food waste is responsible for emitting a large amount of greenhouse gasses and wasting billions of dollars. The Food Waste App’s ultimate goal is to reduce food waste by on-campus clubs and organizations. If clubs and organizations order too much food for a meeting, instead of throwing it out, they can send out a notification through the Food Waste App to alert users about food on campus, hopefully reducing not only food waste but also empty stomachs.

Exercise Machine Generator

Got an exercise machine but no incentive to exercise? Why not use it to generate electricity! More information on this team’s project coming soon.

CalSoChill Solar Charging Station

Renewable tech is all over the news… but integrating it into everyday life is not that simple. By researching, designing, and building a functional off-grid mobile solar charging station, CalSoChill creates a space for students to charge their phones, work – and chill!

Algae Biofuel Renewables

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Greek Life Energy Use Efficiency

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Green Hand Dryers for Waste Reduction

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Project Rishi Water Purification in India

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Community Education Outreach

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Air Quality Monitoring

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