Energy Analysis Team
2016 – 2017 Academic Year Student Projects
The Energy Team: Jafar Daniel, Nova Quaoser, Anthony Burre,
Lauren D’Souza, Annushka Shivnani, Ellen Zhang
Energy Efficiency Audit for Mt. San Antonio Gardens
The Energy Analysis team is continuing its partnership with Mt. San Antonio Gardens, a 31-acre, 500-residence retirement home in Claremont and Pomona. This year, the team will be assessing the upfront cost, energy savings, and ROI of insulating the residential units using various insulating materials. The team will also be measuring light levels in large common areas to optimize artificial lighting usage, collecting data on usage of commercial ice machines around the campus, and researching different types of efficient hot water heaters for residential units.
The Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan and Endangered Species
The Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan is a proposal for a utility-scale solar project in the Mojave Desert. Using ArcGIS mapping, the team will be visually displaying critical habitats of five endangered species that live in the Mojave Desert, overlaid with plans for area of the solar facility to see how it will affect the Mojave’s endangered species. The team will compose a report summarizing their findings on compliance with the Endangered Species Act. The team will also be engaging in conversations with the Center for Biological Diversity, the Nature Conservancy, and the Amargosa Conservancy for expert opinions to include in the report.
2015 – 2016 Academic Year Student Projects
The Energy Analysis team. Left to right: Yijing Zhang, Lauren D’Souza, Jessie Capper,
Jenna Perelman, Anthony Burre, Nova Quaoser, Lillian Liang
Claremont Energy Challenge Scorecard
As the one-year mark approaches for the Claremont Energy Challenge, we are evaluating the milestones reached thus far to see if the Challenge is on track to meet its goals. To gain a deeper understanding of the Challenge’s significance, we are analyzing its accomplishments in the context of the Claremont Sustainable City Plan and various statewide legislative goals.
Mt. San Antonio Gardens Energy Audit
Our team is helping Mt. San Antonio Gardens, a local retirement community, evaluate and improve the campus’ energy usage. Because of time and labor restraints, we will analyze a few key categories of energy usage such as insulation, HVAC systems, and outdoor lighting, working closely with the Gardens staff and residents to establish an energy benchmark and provide recommendations for energy reduction. The team chose two project areas on which they focused their analysis: HVAC systems and solar arrays.
Read the report here:
Authors: Lauren D’Souza ’18, Lillian Liang ’18, Anthony Burre ’19, Nova Quaoser ’19
2014 – 2015 Academic Year Student Projects
Leadership in the Claremont-wide Effort on the $5 million Georgetown Energy Prize Competition
REC students have taken the leading role in recruiting, organizing, and guiding the 5C students to work with city leaders, the Claremont Colleges faculty, and Claremont residents on this initiative, named the Claremont Energy Challenge. Claremont is a semi-finalist in this national energy-saving competition to win the $5 million prize. This will continue for at least one more year.
Please visit our student-designed website: http://claremontenergychallenge.net/
The $5 million Georgetown University Energy Prize (GUEP) challenges small- to medium-size towns, cities, and counties to rethink their energy use, and implement creative strategies to increase efficiency. To compete for the Prize, local governments, residents, utilities, and others will need to work together to demonstrate success in sustainably reducing energy consumption over a two-year period.
The City of Claremont is a semifinalist for the GUEP and has launched a city-wide initiative named the Claremont Energy Challenge whose goal is to educate and involve every sector and demographic within the community in the many benefits of energy efficiency and connect residents with rebates, financing, grants and other available resources. There exists a partnership of 50 community organizations and over 200 volunteers in a coordinated effort during the next 2 years to reduce energy use in buildings while, at the same time, continuing to create innovative, best-practice methodologies that can be replicated in other cities throughout our region and state.
The REC student team is working with community members on this project in a variety of capacities. They are also helping to organize student interns across the Claremont Colleges to increase student involvement. The community-centered focus of this project necessitates reaching all demographics, so they are utilizing behavioral psychology to compose targeted marketing strategies. Furthermore, a variety of tools such as GIS, financial analysis, and others are being used to compile the outreach materials needed to make this project a success. The Claremont Energy Challenge allows students at the REC to apply research skills, make connections with other people who are excited about sustainability, and create a positive environmental impact in the local community.