Check out the projects that the SSC funded for our February 2018 deadline! We are so excited to see these projects develop.
Hives for Beekeeping Club | $3,000
The Beekeeping Club is a new RSO on campus that will be using these project funds to install and maintain two bee hives at the Student Sustainable Farm. Honey produced by the hives will be sold at the SSF’s weekly market on the quad, and the bees will also have a positive effect on the production of crops at the farm.
Pollinator Awareness Signage | $3,000
These funds will go towards the design and installation of educational signs about native plants and pollinators around campus. The signs will be both designed and installed by students, and placed inside and outside of various buildings. Once the signs are installed, the campus will be closer to becoming Bee Campus USA certified, and will meet objectives of the Illinois Climate Action Plan.
Zero Waste Woodshop | $3,500
This project will develop a zero waste woodshop for students in the School of Architecture. In order to decrease the significant amount of waste in the current shop, tools will be purchased that can sort synthetic from natural waste, and students will be educated on how they can reduce their waste in the first place. The natural waste has a number of possible uses, including fuel energy at the SSF, composting material, and construction use.
Off-Grid Solar Kiln | $8,500
This project is being undertaken by the School of Architecture and the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences. Currently, lumber is dried in energy-intensive industrial kilns, and this project seeks to develop a solar-powered alternative. Solar panels will be installed on a recycled, air-tight shipping container that will become a de-humidifying kiln.