Keenan Samuelson (Student) & Clayton Sanders (Student)
"Our project will not only save UCCS money, it will help our campus culture move towards more sustainable practices. We may then use our sustainability oriented culture as a way to attract students and increase enrollment rates. Although students will not be directly involved, they will be living in a more sustainable manner, of which they will be made aware. Our project will give students the opportunity to understand that a sustainable culture is made one step at a time, which gives them the ability to take these concepts off campus. Beyond this, UCCS will be saving energy costs and reducing our ecological footprint. We plan on recycling the current incandescent bulbs; the CFL bulbs that will be replacing them can also be recycled (here on campus, even). CFL bulbs need to be replaced less often and use a lower wattage to produce the same lumen, which not only decreases UCCS’s energy costs but also maintenance time and costs. We are also asking for funding for extra bulbs; this will not only delay future lighting costs in Alpine Village, it allows UCCS more time to research other, more sustainable options. We are also looking into partnering with Colorado Springs Utilities in an effort to obtain an energy rebate for UCCS. A rebate would obviously assist UCCS financially, giving us the option of researching better lighting on the overall campus and possibly leading to more future rebates. Overall, our project allows us to save money while connecting with students; both are necessary changes to UCCS if we wish to create a sustainable culture while attracting new students." - Taken from the original proposal under Executive Summary.