Friday, May 6, 2011

LINC Students Connect with the University Y

Each semester, Bruce Litchfield's Engineering 315 "Learning in Community" course offers students to work on and even manage real projects with community partners, such as the Y.

On Wednesday, May 4th from 6:30-9:00pm, students were present to show their research results in a public forum and the Levis Faculty Center. I was fortunate enough to speak with three students who had expansive working knowledge of the Y's functioning, garbage, roof load-bearing capacity, and potential for furthering sustainability as part of our mission.

"Greening the Y" as the students have proposed includes significant insight into the Y's energy consumption, materials purchased and used, indoor environmental quality, and an idea for a green roof. Much of the changes suggested can happen on a daily basis, but the idea for a green roof is an exciting project coming up in the next phases of building improvement. With their analysis of structural, material, alternative energy, and design for the green roof, the students provided the Y with an excellent starting point for exploring and creating a multi-functional, cost- and energy-efficient green roof!

The project managers are the driving force behind the more than 20 projects per semester that happen through the course. It's an opportunity for student leadership that several of our current Y students have and will participate in, including Martha Webber, David Hsu, and Julie Fry.

Interviews are happening now for Fall Project Managers:

Flickr photo set here.

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