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Mass Energy Lab, Seek Energy Innovation Competition

Mass Energy Lab is committed to continuously seeking knowledge and innovation that can contribute to energy waste reduction in commercial and industrial buildings.This fall, Mass Energy Lab will sponsor a contest for graduate and undergraduate students in Massachusetts to identify and research cutting-edge, new-to-market energy efficiency solutions that can impact the built environment. Research projects should explore the technical performance of the subject solution,as well as the marketability of the solution in the region. Participants are expected to provide a detailed explanation of the product’s functionality and a thorough market analysis that relays the solution’s potential for market penetration. Participants may enter the contest individually or in groups of up to two people.

Deliverables:

Research Project paper exploring the technical performance and marketability of a new-to-market energy efficiency retrofit solution.

Finalist will present their research to a panel of industry experts.

Timeline:

  • Submissions open- 9/1
  • Submissions closed- 11/4
  • Notifications- 11/18
  • Awards Event- 12/1
  • Awards Issued- 12/8

Prizes:

  • First Prize- $3000
  • Second Prize- $1500
  • Third Prize-$500

For more information visit their website.

Aug 04: 350 Massachusetts Day of Action

On August 4th communities across Massachusetts will engage in a day of action to call for an end to taxpayer support of deadly energy like coal, natural gas, and oil that wreak havoc on our health, environment, and climate. Subsidies that impede community based solutions at the time when we need them most. How could ending fossil fuel subsidies support your local work? Join us in taking action on August 4th to demonstrate how ending subsidies to deadly energy will improve our communities. Whether it’s shutting down coal plants, installing solar panels, fighting corruption, or weatherizing a house, we will voice our opposition to funding the richest companies at the expense of our health and wellbeing. Learn more, or Sign up to host or participate in an event in your community.

Aug 14: Medford Wind Turbine Tour

Ever wondered what the wind turbine off of Rt 93 looked like up close? This is your chance to find out.

Take a tour with the Medford Energy Department folks and hear about how it was built, listen to it whir and even peek inside! Friends/family are welcome. RSVP now!

The tour will begin at the McGlynn school, where we will first listen to a short presentation about the permitting and installation of the turbine, and then we will visit the turbine up close.

When: August 14, noon

Where: Meet at the Office of Sustainability or at the McGlynn School

Jun 20: Live Webcast on Accelerating Innovation in Fuel Cells

The Energy Department, in partnership with the Battelle Commercialization Council of Labs, will present a live webcast titled Accelerating Innovation: Fuel Cells on Wednesday, June 20, 2012, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. EDT. This webcast will highlight four fuel cell-focused technologies developed at DOE national laboratories, all of which are found on EERE’s Energy Innovation Portal. During this webcast, attendees will learn about cutting-edge hydrogen and fuel cell technologies, with a focus on core-shell nanocatalysts for hydrogen production and fuel cell electrodes, as well as activated aluminum hydride hydrogen storage. Presenter Kimberley Elcess of Brookhaven National Laboratory will participate in a question-and-answer session at the end of the presentation.

Register now to attend the webcast.

Campus Sustainability Council update: Energy/Emissions Working Group

Since the beginning of March, the three Working Groups of the Campus Sustainability Council have been meeting bi-weekly to discuss the current state of energy/emissions, water, and waste policies and practices at Tufts, and to create new policy measures in these areas.

The Energy/Emissions Working Group met for the first time on March 15th and reviewed its roles and responsibilities, which include reviewing current energy usage and emissions, existing initiatives and goals, as well as creating recommendations for goals and implementation plans to present to the Campus Sustainability Council.

The group reviewed Tufts’ institutional commitments to energy and emissions reduction including the 1990 Talloires Declaration and Tufts Environmental Policy, the 1999 Climate Change Commitment to follow the Kyoto Protocol and reduce carbon dioxide levels to 7% below 1990 levels by 2012, and the 2003 New England Governors/Eastern Canadian Premiers Climate Change Action Plan with the goal to be 10% below 1990 levels by 2020 and 75-85% below 2001 levels by 2050. The members also learned that many energy-saving initiatives at Tufts are already underway, including:

  • Occupancy sensors in most rooms on campus
  • Daylight sensing/dimming, lighting & controls
  • Ongoing technology updates include LED lighting
  • Equipment efficiency
  • State of the art boiler controls and boiler upgrades
  • Retro-commissioning of buildings
  • Heat-recovery programs
  • Energy Star vending machines & vending misers
  • Free CFL bulb exchange
  • IT upgrades (LCD screens, laptops)
  • Solar panels on Sophia Gordon Hall, Schmaltz House, Fairmount House
  • Management- Residence Hall winter break shut-down
  • Behavior modification
  • LEED Certification
  • Fuel Switching from oil to gas
  • Renewable energy such as solar and geothermal

The working group members discussed the differences between Tufts’ campuses energy use and emissions, life-cycle costing, ways to evaluate proposed solutions and appropriate metrics for evaluation. The group is in the final stages of assessing the current state of energy and emissions at Tufts and will soon move on to metrics and goal setting. The working group is co-chaired by Ann Rappaport, Lecturer at Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and Betsy Isenstein, Director of Facilities Technical Services.

As always, Tufts community members are welcome to add their own suggestions for the working group through the easy, on-line form available on the Office of Sustainability’s website.

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