Mel Lane Student Grants Program Funded Projects
Mel Lane Student Grants Program Funded Projects
The Ocean Trilogy Project: Using the performing arts as a novel outreach method to engage with and communicate ocean science
Monterey Area Research Institutions' Network for Education (MARINE) and Stanford Students
The Ocean Trilogy Project is a collaboration with local dance company SpectorDance to build connections between the science and performing arts communities and explore dance as a novel mode of science communication. The project will include a performance of the company's acclaimed work, Ocean Trilogy, for the general public at Stanford University. By weaving together audio sound bites from interviews with scientists, underwater film footage, music, and dance, Ocean Trilogy engages with current issues in ocean health and hopeful possibilities from cutting-edge science research. The following workshop will break down the process of creating this work, making the performing arts available to students and researchers. In tandem, the performance and workshop are a first step towards a long-term program bringing to Stanford the burgeoning field of arts-science collaboration, begun at institutions including CERN, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and Harvard.
Climate ScIdeas: Making Cutting-Edge Science Accessible
The goal of the Climate ScIdeas startup is to communicate hard-to-access, cutting-edge environmental research, including recent breakthroughs on climate, oceans, food security, and sustainable development. Climate ScIdeas is based on the following observations: 1) cutting edge scientific research is hard to understand for laypeople, 2) it's hard to get a hold of, 3) news media cover only so much, and often misleadingly, and 4) there is serious civic importance to understanding climate issues. We will create and provide content in the form of short and sweet (two-minute or so) videos that engage the viewer through dynamic use of whiteboard animation, quick interviews with authors of scientific studies, and engaging shots of relevant material (e.g., in-lab shots of scientific equipment, beautiful footage of the ocean, etc.). We will break down hard-to-understand scientific studies and issues in an engaging manner and will provide a community for creation and sharing of exciting videos.
Carbon Pricing Program for Stanford
Stanford Energy Club
The Carbon Pricing Program project aims to test the efficacy and feasibility of a carbon tax program, as well as complement Stanford's current efforts to decrease campus-wide carbon emissions and serve as a collaborative educational tool for students. This is a multi-year project, as the full carbon pricing program will not roll out until after multiple pilot programs, which we are aiming to implement this year. The overall goal of this program is for Stanford to serve as a test-bed to inform future carbon pricing policies at other institutions, as well as at the local, state, and federal level. This project also provides an educational and research platform to engage students and the Stanford community.
Energy Audit Field Analyst Training
Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA)
Our project seeks to educate Stanford students, employees, and administration in the basics of energy auditing through an innovative and user-friendly platform. The platform will allow users to directly impact energy consumption and promote sustainable development. An energy audit is the assessment of the energy flows in a building to find energy efficiency opportunities. Currently, small and medium sized businesses (SMBs) do not have access to quality energy audit services. Our objective is to address this gap through the development and implementation of our platform. Our plan is twofold: first, we will hold three energy auditing workshops throughout the spring. Second, we will partner with PG&E's business energy solutions department to provide Stanford affiliates with the opportunity to perform energy audits on SMBs using our platform. Individuals will be empowered with the knowledge and tools to make a measurable impact in combating climate change and contributing to sustainable development.
Granular data acquisition for produce preservation development in India
The Energy Transformation Collaborative
Based on two years of research and field visits in India, we have identified cold storage and food processing near farms as potential solutions to improve efficiency of the produce supply chain and reduce food waste. Despite amassing large amounts of qualitative and some quantitative supply chain data, granular information to inform engineering of produce preservation prototypes and business models is still lacking. For example, village grid electricity availability is usually reported as "approximately 8 hours per day", but the time when the grid is active matters for productive use. Further, the temperature and humidity for ambient storage of produce is not known nor are the amounts of produce being sold. This project aims to generate accurate, real-time data through remote monitoring of local grid electricity, temperature and humidity conditions while gathering produce flow data from farmer cooperatives to better inform the development of produce preservation technologies and business models.
Building Livelihoods and Community Resilience to Climate Change Through Conservation Agriculture in Kilifi County, Kenya
Stanford Students and Kenyan partners
Kilifi County, Kenya, like many agrarian regions in Sub-Saharan Africa, is facing stress from climate change. Successive crop failures due to insufficient rainfall and high temperatures have forced traditional farming communities to become involved in the charcoal trade, resulting in deforestation and further strain on humans and the environment. The project will strengthen resilience of smallholder farmers to improve their livelihoods, cope with climate change, and slow down rate of environmental degradation. At the same time, the project will provide a demonstration to the wider community of how to cope with climate change. We will do this by promoting low-cost climate-smart farming techniques such as conservation agriculture. Specifically, we will provide training and starter input support for minimum tillage, soil cover, and tree crop farming for 500 smallholder farmers. In Kilifi and nearby communities, we will disseminate these simple ways to continue sustainable farming practices in the face of climate change. At Stanford, this project will be incorporated into food security classes as a case study.
Solar Power in Kampung Nyegol
Engineers for a Sustainable World - Stanford
We will size and install a solar power system in Kampung Nyegol, a village of ~80 inhabitants on the banks of the Bengoh dam in Malaysia. The village cannot be connected to the grid as it is deep in the rainforest on the furthest banks of the dam. The project is a collaboration with Engineers Without Borders - Malaysia, who is installing a micro-hydro system in the village. The villagers prefer this technology because other villages harness it successfully and because they have a bad impression of solar power from a previous, failed project. However, after the dam was built and the village moved to higher ground, there has been insufficient head to generate enough power and insufficient water for it to be reliable year-round, especially during months of drought. Thus, we are introducing solar power incrementally in the hopes of reversing the villagers' impressions and helping them harness this bountiful, renewable resource moving forward.
Solar Service Station (3S)
Engineers for a Sustainable World - Stanford
The Solar Service Station (3S) Project offers solar powered lantern charging to underprivileged populations, targeting rural, energy-impoverished areas in the Philippines. We have designed a small power management system that can charge 20 lanterns at a time, up to 100 lanterns per day, using the electricity generated by a ~1m2 solar panel. Our system is unique in having no external battery: the power is stored directly into the internal lantern batteries. A maximum power point tracker (MPPT) chip and sensor circuit modulates the number of lanterns charging based on available sunlight. With centralized, rather than personal, charging devices users can amortize the cost of lanterns and panels by paying to charge rather than paying a relatively large up-front cost, and leverage economies of scale. Furthermore, one suitable location for a panel (e.g. sturdy roof) is sufficient.
Carbon Pricing Project for the Stanford Campus
Stanford Energy Club
The Carbon Pricing Project aims to test the efficacy and feasibility of a carbon tax program, as well as complement Stanford’s current efforts to decrease campus-wide carbon emissions and serve as a collaborative educational tool for students. Under the pilot program, specific buildings and/or departments would be required to account for their direct carbon emissions, either monetarily or using a type of credit system. We have already researched Stanford’s energy system and existing carbon pricing programs and begun soliciting input from experts both on and off campus. The next steps are to develop a detailed pilot program proposal and seek feedback from students, faculty and facilities staff before implementing a trial project on campus.
Demystifying Development: Student Engagement in the General Use Permit Process to Ensure Sustainability through 2035
Students for a Sustainable Stanford
The 2018 General Use Permit (GUP) determines Stanford’s plans to develop and build on its land for the next 18 years, including efforts concerning land conservation and sustainability. Over the next few months, Stanford will solicit feedback from the community about its priorities in the GUP, making this a key time to engage students in an exciting yet complex sustainable development process. We aim to bring together researchers, stakeholders, and students from across the Bay Area to discuss the opportunities and implications of the GUP on the region, and specifically on Stanford's sustainability. Our goal is to give students the knowledge to understand the importance of the GUP and engage with the University as it explores its future environmental impact and sustainability.
Gardenless Gardeners: How can we meet the rapidly growing demand for community garden plots?
Urban gardening enables affordable access to nutritious food, fosters community around ecological stewardship, and provides wildlife habitat in developed landscapes. Interest in community gardens within urban centers has skyrocketed over the past decade, resulting in excessively long waitlists for community gardens with limited space. To meet this demand, we must develop new ways for individuals to participate in urban agriculture where garden space is scarce. The goal of our project is to use human-centered design to develop a novel program or product offering that satisfies the unmet needs of aspiring gardeners without access community gardens. Over the next three months, we will conduct interviews to discover insights about urban gardeners, build and test prototypes, and refine a concept for a product or program offering that profoundly connects with these individuals. Over the subsequent three months, we will continue to refine our concept and develop a plan to scale our impact.
Mapping Tap Water Quality as a Social Enterprise
Student Entrepreneurs Addressing Built Environment Challenges (SEABEC)/CIFE
Awareness of threats to tap water quality has increased, but it remains too difficult to access up-to-date data about tap water. We believe that it is imperative to address this problem because a more informed public will be better equipped to support efforts to keep tap water safe. We will address the problem by building a social enterprise that shares tap water quality data in an online map in as close to real-time as possible. Our objectives are to assess demand for our concept, build an alpha version of our online map for the state of California, and create a preliminary business plan which we can use to scale up our service. Our audience in the long-term is the general public of the US who we will engage through our online service. We will present our results to groups interested in water and public health in the Stanford community.
Engaging Neighbors in Stewardship Behaviors at the Arastradero Preserve
Students partnering with Grassroots Ecology
We will partner with Grassroots Ecology to deliver and evaluate novel approaches for educating residents living around the Arastradero Preserve about how they can be good stewards of the Preserve. The proposed neighbor engagement program builds on the results of previous survey research conducted by the project leads in Spring and Summer, 2016, about residents' attitudes, connections, and stewardship behaviors associated with the preserve. The program will consist of a series of three different neighborhood engagement workshops, which will engage residents through interpretive hikes, a citizen science camera trap project, and focus group discussions. The effectiveness of the program will be measured through pre and post surveys of residents' environmental attitudes, stewardship behaviors, and connections with the preserve as well as qualitative analysis of focus group discussions. The objective of the program is to enhance neighbors' understanding of the flora and fauna and management of the Preserve and enhance their interest and engagement in stewardship behaviors, such as invasive species removal and planting of native plants, in the Preserve and on their property.
Solar Service Station (3S) in the Philippines
Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW)
Off-grid, application-specific solar charging stations are appealing for rural electrification in developing communities because of they avoid fossil fuels and have low lifecycle costs while providing key enabling technologies.
Last year, the ESW 3S team developed a USB charger for phones and battery-powered lights that can process up to 250W and feed it into USB ports for light and phone charging. A microcontroller modulates the number of devices charging to stay near the panel maximum power point, eliminating the typical battery bank, which significantly reduces material, shipping, and maintenance costs. This year we will continue debugging the prototype design, make the custom printed circuit boards more space-efficient, and conduct field testing in the Philippines. Our partners have extensive networks including manufacturers, end users, and onsite maintenance/repair. We are seeking funding to support incidental hardware expenses through our debugging phase and travel expenses for our field testing phase.
Remote Monitoring of Small-Scale Hydro Power Plants
IBEKA, Stanford Engineers for a Sustainable World
Our project aims to develop a remote monitoring system (RMS) for the micro-hydro power plants supervised by our partner organization, the Indonesian rural development NGO IBEKA. The RMS allows IBEKA to measure power produced by their hydro plants, allowing for preventative maintenance, usage data collection, and carbon reduction tracking. Last year, we completed a working prototype of our system in the field at the Cinta Mekar hydro plant in Indonesia. Our objective this year is to make the system more affordable, accurate, and scalable, as well as more user friendly. We hope to send team members to Indonesia to install at 3 micro-hydro plants.
Youth from Indian Country: The Dakota Access Pipeline
This project documents the impact of the Mni Wiconi Movement and its influence on American Indians in my generation. Using both audio and photography, a multimedia exhibit which explores American Indian youth narratives of the fossil fuel industry, native land, energy, and resource grabs, and the future of Indian Country will be created. Photographs and interviews of 7 youth from American Indian tribes about the Dakota Access Pipeline, their cultural environmentalism, and current environmental issues for their unique nation will be undertaken. This project will be completed over the summer of 2017; mentors for this project are Karen Biestman (director of the Native American Cultural Center), Matthew Snipp (professor of Sociology), and Lukas Felzmann (professor of photography).
Disaster Resilience and Food Security in Haiyan-stricken Farming Communities
Pilipino American Student Union (PASU) and the community organization Disaster Support Network for the Philippines (DSNP)
The Pilipino American Student Union (PASU) and Disaster Support Network for the Philippines (DSNP) aim to partner with the Leyte Center for Development (LCDe) to help establish food security for Osmena, in the municipality of Palapag, Northern Samar, a farming community still recovering from the devastation of Super Typhoon Haiyan and most recently impacted by Typhoon Nock-Ten in December 2016. LCDe will provide farm inputs including seeds and tools to be managed by local community organizations that will also receive a disaster risk reduction orientation. PASU and DSNP will subsequently engage in an educational campaign in the Bay Area community to strengthen local partnerships that reinforce LCDe’s efforts to develop communities’ capacities to support and manage themselves in the face of calamity, both immediately after a disaster as well as in the longer term, and the overall effects of climate change.
Farming Hope/Night Outreach
We are working with community partners to build a rooftop garden at Hospitality House, a homeless shelter in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood. There are many meal sites and food programs, particularly in the Bay Area, but we can empower people in a more uplifting way and improve environmental health at the same time. By growing food hyper-locally, we can reduce the climate impact of shipping food long distances. We can also re-think food access for those most easily disconnected from our environment and life-sustaining nutrition. This project, as part of Farming Hope’s growing work, can help demonstrate a more sustainable food system for even those on the low end of the income ladder.
Improving Food Security Through Backyard Garden Installation and Education
We partnered with Collective Roots, a new non-profit in East Palo Alto, which focuses on creating a backyard garden network through doing raised bed installations, garden workshops, and a farmers market. The organization has a lot of connections in the community as well as experience with building backyard gardens; however, they have only two staff members so they have been struggling to complete garden installations or hold workshops for continuing garden education, which is a crucial aspect of backyard garden programs. We decided to create educational videos for them to put on their website about how to build raised beds and how to maintain a garden after the installation. We accomplished this by actually building a raised bed and installing it in a home in East Palo Alto so that we could create a videotape and also gain a deep understanding of the process.
Mapping Human and Environmental Impacts on Infectious Disease Risk: From Spillover to Global Pandemic
Google Earth Engine Outreach
This project is concerned with deforestation and land use change and the consequences for infectious diseases. Our aim is to create the first class of a larger massive open online course (MOOC) that will focus on environmental change and emerging infectious diseases around the world. This course will utilize Google Earth Engine, an opensource platform, to teach students and a broader audience about the geography of infectious diseases. By leveraging the enthusiasm and innovation of interdisciplinary student teams, we will create and disseminate course content that can be used by Stanford students, a broader intellectual community, the general public, and individuals living anywhere in world.
Remote Monitoring of Small-Scale Hydro Power Plants
IBEKA, Stanford Engineers for a Sustainable World
Our project revolves around the development of a remote monitoring system (RMS) for the micro-hydro power plants supervised by our partner organization, IBEKA. The RMS allows IBEKA to measure power produced by their hydro plants, allowing for preventative maintenance, usage data collection, and carbon reduction tracking. Last year, we completed a proof of concept of our system by installing and testing prototypes of our system in the field in Indonesia; our objective this year is to make the system more affordable and therefore more scalable.
Solar Service Station (3S)
Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW), The SunPower Foundation, Solar Solutions, Tulay Ng Katabaan
The Solar Service Station (3S) seeks to provide solar powered lantern charging to underprivileged populations, currently targeting Filipino urban slums in Manila, with partners including SunPower, Solar Solutions (Filipino engineering firm), Tulay ng Kabataan (TNK, a Filipino non-profit), and Stanford Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW).
Container-Based Sanitation for a Muslim Population: Engineering, User-Centered Design and Field Testing
Sanivation & re.source
In this project re.source, the Stanford-based sanitation research organization, is collaborating with Sanivation, a Kenyan-based sanitation business, to develop and field test a container-based toilet targeted at Muslim populations. This summer Sanivation will deploy their container-based sanitation service in Kakuma refugee camp in Northern Kenya. During the summer, we will build new filters and test them in Bangladesh. We will use the engineering and user-design insights we gain in Bangladesh when we collaborate with Sanivation in Fall 2016. Working in Kakuma with Sanivation, we will pilot the toilet among 30 households to seek further feedback on the toilet’s design and test the long-term performance of the biosand filter.
Composting and Paper Towel Use Study
Stanford Environment and Behavior Student Group, Peninsula Sanitary Service, Inc./Stanford Recycling, Georgia-Pacific
This project seeks to measure and describe the effects of introducing composting receptacles for paper towels in public restrooms. We plan to do so by measuring baseline daily total paper towel consumption in restrooms before and after the introduction of compost receptacles. We will also test social psychological messaging techniques to elucidate what mechanisms may underlie waste-related behavior, and what strategies may be used to decrease overall
paper towel waste in public restrooms.
Kick-off for Mitigating Post-Harvest Produce Loss in India
Precourt Institute for Energy, U.C. Davis – Horticulture Innovation Lab, Srini Food Park Reliance Foundation, BIJ Program
We aim to use cold storage technology and real-time pricing to mitigate post-harvest loss of fruit and vegetables in India and to improve the livelihoods of farmers. This will reduce inefficiencies in water and energy use in the food supply chain stemming from food loss. We plan to deploy small-scale refrigeration units to aggregate produce from farmers, and then deliver the produce efficiently to the most profitable markets. The Mel Lane grant allows us to meet our partner, Srini Food Park, in southern India and to prototype technologies, cultural fit, and business models in the field with all stakeholders involved.
Cutting the Plug Load: Energy Metering and Behavior Change in Stanford Dorms
Green Living Council
Since 2008, the Stanford Green Living Council (GLC) has planned and hosted annual energy and water-saving competitions in student residences. This year, we’re partnering with a tech start-up, Keewi, to provide room-by-room energy consumption data to 100 freshmen which we hope will reduce previous years' errors. We will use this data in our Energy Wars competition to educate students about their energy use, reward energy savings, and identify key areas for behavior change interventions. This project combines technological innovation, community engagement, and tried-and-tested behavior change strategies.
The Environmental Humanities Seminar: Translating Climate Facts and Cultural Logics
The Environmental Humanities Project
The Environmental Humanities Seminar brings together researchers and audiences from across the Stanford Campus to consider how cultural forms, such as narrative, and landscape, shape environmental thinking. Our theme for the past academic year was drought and the future of California’s water; in the 2016-2017 academic year, we will consider climate change.
Stanford Food Project
DiscoSoup at Stanford is an extension of an already existing movement to reduce food waste - reducing resource management inefficiencies and improving food security. DiscoSoup’s approach combines social impact and live music and has proven appealing to a wide range of groups. DiscoSoup has been recognized by several prominent organizations such as the UN, Slow Food, FAO, etc. The events themselves are fun, lively, and represent an inclusive community effort to cook and distribute a meal out of otherwise would-be wasted (unmarketable and/or rejected because of surplus or shape), but perfectly edible produce recovered from farms and markets. DiscoSoup Stanford will bring together undergraduate and graduate students, as well as interested employees and professors to realize the existence of food waste/loss and to cook, converse, and collaborate, while enjoying the event of music and working to feed hungry people in the community surrounding Stanford. While organizations already exist that bring food waste to food banks and shelters, DiscoSoup frames reducing food waste in a positive light, and in doing so, both educates and involves the community in a tangible way.
Mitigating Western Bluebird Decline at the Dish
Students for a Sustainable Stanford Biodiversity Group
This project aims to protect the Western Bluebird (Sialia mexicana) from habitat loss, both from interspecial competition and human encroachment, and simultaneously to educate the community about native species decline. Through this project, Students for a Sustainable Stanford (SSS) Biodiversity Group will install bluebird boxes at the Dish trail on Stanford campus to mitigate loss of nesting sites. By collaborating with SEEDS, the Stanford Birdwatching Club, and Professor Terry Root and her Biology of Birds class in the winter, we will involve both Stanford students and East Palo Alto high school students in the construction, installation and appreciation of the effects of the bluebird boxes. This approach will allow us to disseminate a culture of promoting native species conservation in the Stanford community and beyond.
Promoting Reuse and Recycling of Consumer Apparel
Independent Graduate Students
This projects aims to encourage more people to reuse/recycle their used clothes instead of throwing them in the trash and to study ways to motivate people to turn in their used clothes for reuse or recycling. The project specifically focuses on the situation in Japan, contrasting it with the U.S., because Japan is such an extreme case in which so little is being reused/recycled now. We will set up a collection program both in Japan and the U.S. and test various methods and messaging. The objective is to determine the most effective ways to encourage people to bring in their used apparel for reuse and recycling. This project will aid people in saving used apparel, keeping good clothes from going to the trash bin, while providing valuable information for implementing actual collection programs. Beyond Japan, the team hopes to learn better ways for changing people’s behaviors that is applicable in other regions, including motivating people who are currently not reusing/recycling in the U.S.
Remote Monitoring System for Micro-Hydro Plants, Indonesia, Year 2
Engineers for a Sustainable World
For the second year of this project, a group of five undergraduates and two graduate students will continue to advance the design of a remote monitoring system for micro-hydro plants for an Indonesian nonprofit IBEKA (People Centered Business and Economic Initiative). IBEKA seeks to bring about rural development in Indonesia in a sustainable way by providing villages with the technical and administrative expertise to implement small-scale community-owned renewable energy projects. To that end, we are working with IBEKA to design an inexpensive remote monitoring system with four main components: a sensor board placed at the generator that records desired micro-hydropower plant data (e.g. voltage, current, frequency, power output); a transmitter that puts that data into an SMS to be sent hourly; a receiver in the headquarters that receives the SMS, extracts the data and uploads it to an online database; and a web interface that allows users to visualize or download the data. The design of this system is modular as once the system is working for micro-hydro plants, IBEKA intends to extend it to monitoring wind and solar photovoltaic installations. The team intends to design a system that only requires a change to the sensor board and modifications to the transmitter to send data more frequently in order to accomodate the much smaller time scale fluctuations of wind and solar data.
Socio-Environmental Risks and Resources in East Palo Alto
Independent Graduate Students
Youth United for Community Action (YUCA), a socio-environmental organization based in East Palo Alto (EPA), is particularly concerned with a number of traditionally-conceived environmental issues in their area: water shortages, poor water quality, flooding, lack of shade trees and green space, limited access to fresh food, persistent chemical and auditory pollution. Beyond these traditional environmental concerns, YUCA is also concerned with issues such as the availability and security of employment and affordable housing and the accessibility of public transportation. This collaboration between Stanford and YUCA will combine the skills and expertise of a group of anthropology and education PhD students in survey design, mapping and data analysis and presentation with YUCA’s knowledge and expertise of EPA to produce a spatialized set of environmental risks and resources in EPA as perceived by EPA residents. The objectives are: 1) To further capacitate YUCA administration and membership and participating Stanford undergraduates to conduct GIS-related projects; 2) to produce with and disseminate among the Stanford community data that expand on existing pedagogical efforts engaging socio-environmental issues in EPA; 3) to provide YUCA administration and membership with data which will enhance and inform their existing engagement with the multiple forms of municipal government (including GIS training).
The Teaching Ocean
Kaipo Lucas, Peter Montgomery, Alexzandra Scully
This project will create a 15-minute documentary film highlighting the traditional beliefs and current conservation efforts surrounding Southern Humpback whales in the Kindgom of Tonga, where the whales visit every July to breed and calve their young. Through extensive interviews with marine biologists, conservationists, local Tongan fisherman, members of the Tongan monarchy and others, this project will seek to understand the influence a western tourist-model may have on marine environment and cultural preservation. Goals include determining the effects a steady increase in tourism may have on Southern Humpbacks, the promotion or dilution of local Tongan culture and related ecotourism best practices.
Remote Monitoring System for Micro-Hydropower Plants in Indonesia
Tha Zin, Manni Cavalli-Sforza, Christopher Ling, Meredith Marks, Keenan Molner, Michelle Valentine; Stanford Engineers for a Sustainable World, Institute for Business and Economy, WellDone
This project seeks to design and develop a remote monitoring system for micro-hydropower sites to be used by the Indonesian non-profit Institute for Business and Economy (IBEKA), an award-winning organization focused on enabling sustainable rural development. The goal is to help enhance the feasibility of small-scale clean power generation by ensuring the long-term sustainability of micro-hydro projects in a developing country. Project participants will design an affordable and easily maintained micro-controller complemented by a user-friendly application that will store and analyze power generation data for use by IBEKA. Our aim is to provide IBEKA beneficiaries, where community owned micro-hydro system technology exists, the ability to monitor and improve the electrification systems.
Solar Irrigation in India for Small Share Farmers
Engineers for a Sustainable World
For the third consecutive year, in collaboration with Wells for India (a U.K.-based charity), and Sahyog Sansthan (a local NGO), Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW)-Stanford will design a solar irrigation system that will be suitable for poor smallholder farmers in the region. ESW’s Solar Irrigation Team will work in conjunction with Claro Ventures to design an integrated solar solution for smallholder farmers that will provide a reliable energy source for irrigation and domestic activities. The multi-use capacity of this solar design will not only provide labor and water savings during irrigation, but also encapsulate an entrepreneurial opportunity that will minimize agricultural risk and increase household food security.
Technical design and community development aspects of the project will be tackled in the Design for a Sustainable World (CEE177/277S&X) class, a student run, two-quarter design course operated by ESW. Its purpose is to introduce students in a structured fashion to the intricacies of international development work, design thinking and impact engineering through interdisciplinary design projects. Students will be selected for the new cohort in mid-November, and they will enroll in a one-credit class, Winter 2014. This course will help prepare the students to understand international development, and to develop the project plan for Spring 2014. During Spring 2014, the students will complete the project plan.
Sustainable Engineering Workshop Series
Engineers for a Sustainable World
The Local Initiatives Team is a newly developed team in Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW), currently in its second year. The team’s goal is to focus on sustainability initiatives in the Bay Area. The team is planning to continue carrying out an outreach program at Granada High School (GHS) in Livermore, Calif. Alongside GHS, the team plans to expand its outreach program to other communities including an after-school program located on the Stanford campus and the Opportunity Center in Palo Alto. The goal of the outreach program is to develop a series of workshops on relevant topics in sustainable engineering. This grant will help fund the more developed prototype course series for the group, which will include workshops on water quality, solar energy, wind energy, and green building. In the future, as the team continues to expand its capacity and develop newer courses, it will apply for other grants.
Tropical Kenari Nuts for a Sustainable Future
Independent team of students
A collaborative project between Stanford students and the village of Masihulan on the island of Seram in eastern Indonesia to design a human-powered (i.e., non-electric) nut cracker and organize a community co-operative to manage its utilization and maintenance. Kenari nuts come from various species of the tropical kenari tree (Canarium spp.), which grow in wild or human managed forests in the Philippines, Indonesia, New Guinea and Melanesia. The most common species in Seram is Canarium indicum, which is spread naturally by forest birds and opportunistically planted by people in abandoned gardens and villages. The fruits of the tree comprise an important food source for many birds and animals, including the endangered Seram cockatoo, whereas the tree itself provides a nesting site and is believed by local communities to help clean local streams and springs. The kernel of the fruit is protected by a hard nut casing to prevent its consumption by birds. During the kenari tree's fruiting season, which lasts about two months and begins at different times throughout the year at different locations on the island depending on elevation and rainfall, women and children gather fallen nuts and partially consumed fruits, then crack the nuts using rocks, hammers, and/or machetes to obtain the delicious and nutritious kernel, which is high in fats and proteins. These kernels are consumed domestically and sold to local markets.
Low-cost technology development using 3-D printing: Designing a water disinfection device for slums in Dhaka, Bangladesh
Stanford University Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW)
To further refine an in-line, automatic chlorination technology, which disinfects water from common hand pumps, this team is moving toward larger-scale field testing and manufacturing. Beyond the technology development goals, the team hopes to share its experience with other members of the Stanford community. In 2011, this project was part of Stanford Engineers for a Sustainable World’s (ESW) two-quarter course, introducing students to design challenges in the developing world. One of the team’s key tools in the design process has been a Makerbot 3D printer. Thus, the team’s key objectives include introducing students in ESW to 3D printing as a tool for low-cost, rapid prototyping. To that end, the team will purchase materials and equipment necessary to further develop the prototype at Stanford for field testing and manufacturing. Additionally, it will introduce 3D printing to Stanford students involved in developing-world design and to engage a wider community in one example of the innovative design projects underway at Stanford, through a Dhaka team blog.
Bay Area Tropical Forest Network (BATFN)
The Bay Area Tropical Forest Network (BATFN) provides an exciting forum for students, researchers, faculty, activists, and professionals interested in issues related to tropical forests to interact, learn from one another, spark new research efforts, and form collaborations. BATFN provides a forum for students interested in tropical forest issues to meet leaders in this field and be exposed to current research issues. Through these activities, BATFN improves the research being conducted at Stanford as well as enables its broader use and application.
Ocean Treasure Film Festival
Coastal Society – Stanford Chapter
The Ocean Treasures Film Festival is intended to educate students about the problems facing our oceans and the solutions, while fostering an intimate understanding of their relationship to the marine world and their role in these solutions. This team proposes holding four events with the last one followed by a panel discussion of experts. The goal is to reach out to the film community across campus and engage both faculty and students in this event. They also propose to hold a film competition, encouraging members of the community to produce short films about what the ocean means to them.
Renewable Energy Design for Indonesia (REDI) Project
Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW)
Design for a Sustainable World is a student run two‐quarter design course (CEE 177/277 S & X) operated by Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW‐Stanford). Its purpose is to introduce students in a structured fashion to the intricacies of international development work, design thinking and impact engineering through interdisciplinary design projects. The course this year will consist of four combined undergraduate, graduate and professional student teams from diverse backgrounds working on development projects in India, Indonesia, Kenya and Jordan in partnership with international NGOs. This grant will support two student to travel to Indonesia over spring break to gather engineering data for a 200kW micro-hydropower scheme that the twelve person team will conduct a feasibility study for in collaboration with an Indonesian NGO and a socially conscious startup company in the Bay Area.
San Francisco Bay Offshore Wind Resource Assessment and Educational Engagement
Stanford Solar and Wind Energy Project (SWEP)
The primary goal of the project is to conduct a wind resource assessment of the Berkeley Marina at the Berkeley Yacht Club site while providing hands-on educational opportunities for the Stanford community interested in energy and sustainability. The project team also hopes to present its analysis to the City of Berkeley and / or San Francisco and help inform decision-makers of the offshore wind electricity potential in the Bay Area. This project will build off the preliminary analysis in SWEP’s previous efforts in 2009, utilizing real‐world measurement data to better inform the offshore potential in the Berkeley Marina area.
Bay Area Tropical Forest Network (BATFN)
Robert Heilmayr and Kim Carlson
The student organized network hosts a series of talks and events around the bay area which create an exciting forum for students, researchers, faculty, activists, and professionals interested in issues related to tropical forests to interact, learn from one another, spark new research efforts, and form collaborations.
Ecology in Our Own Backyard
Stanford Strategies for Ecology Education, Diversity, and Sustainability (SEEDS)
The Stanford Strategies for Ecology Education, Diversity, and Sustainability (SEEDS) will host the Third annual BioBlitz, which surveys plant and animal life in Stanford’s Lake Lagunita. This program is establishing a long-term record of the plant and animal life at the lake while spreading awareness and knowledge of the rich biodiversity in a nearby ecosystem to student and community members alike. This year participants included individuals and classes representing 10 area schools and colleges.
InnovAid: Innovations for Sustainable Development
Chiara Kovarik, Kristina Popova, Himani Phadke
The InnovAid team aims to raise awareness among the graduate and undergraduate student community around key sustainable development challenges, by holding a team-based and solutions-oriented workshop. At the conclusion of the workshop, teams will pitch their project ideas to a panel of experts and practitioners who will evaluate them on criteria such as: creativity, feasibility of implementation, profitability and scalability.
Integrated Mobile Sanitation Solutions for Peri-Urban Communities: Technology Development, Service Delivery, and Community Participation
Kory C. Russel and Sebastien Tilmans
In collaboration with the Non-Governmental Organization SOIL, this team of students will pilot a portable, low-cost household toilet and entrepreneurial service model to deliver safe sanitation and dignity to the urban poor in Haiti.
Stanford Students Environmental Consulting
The Stanford Students Environmental Consulting team working in coordination with the Galveston Housing Authority (GHA), Galveston Independent School District (GISD) and City of Galveston (COG) will perform solar feasibility studies. In addition, they will educate the local community through demonstrations, materials and in-person discussions to help to ensure that rebuilding efforts are environmentally, economically and socially sustainable.
Stanford Open Water Initiative
In conjunction with industry partner, Templeman Automation LLC and Stanford’s Transformative Learning Technologies Lab (TLT), this team will develop low-cost, open-source water diagnostic biotechnologies and an educational curriculum explaining the science behind the technologies. The technologies and curriculum will be piloted at three low-income school systems beginning with a U.S. based system. The goal is to provide classrooms with the tools needed to engage their students in modern bioscience by having them perform invaluable tests on their local water supplies. This capacity-building initiative will provide a platform for sustained water quality monitoring in low-income areas in the US and abroad.
Sustainable Seafood Education and Action on Stanford Campus
Lida Teneva, Aaron Strong
The Stanford Coastal Society in conjunction with the Center for Ocean Solutions will host a series of events in May 2012 to raise awareness regarding the future of seafood. The events will include: documentary screenings, talks by experts, and a cook-off event featuring sustainably sourced seafood. Additionally, students will investigate and document which eateries on campus source sustainable seafood.