Energy, Society, and the Environment, W2017

This is a page for the PSC320 class of Winter 2017
Self Interventions: Just add to the top of the past Don’t Throw Away Page, Empathy Intervention, and Third Self Intervention

If you’re interested in the energy technologies that interest me, please see our summer research page, and follow the links that you may find interesting.
This project is modeled (a little bit) after the appropriate technology class projects. See an example of it here. All projects must address a group of people, and include at least one good energy computation.
Contest 1: First group to get an entry up wins!
Contest 2: First group to start their webpage wins!

Project Community Technology Team Members
Air pollution in China


Polluted urban communities in China Passive air filtration systems– such as the breathe brick, green walls, etc.– to promote better indoor air quality and health. Helen Hoang, Sarah Pagan, Charles Lam, Derek Klein
Energy usage in Tibetan Subsistence Agricultural Communities Tibet In Tibet, use of energy sources such as cattle dung, firewood, and crop straw have been used instead of coal, petroleum, and alternative energy sources. We will examine how this lifestyle effects energy availability and production, and what environmental pros and cons may result from use of these sources. Sara Delany, Thomas Eldib, Willow Urquidi, Scout Vernon
Planning Seeds to housing developments in Brazil Minha Casa in Rio De Janeiro In developing countries, like Brazil, with rapid urbanization where affordable and energy efficient housing are hard for some low income communities. Applying permaculture principles to housing developments in Brazil. Jiyu Kang,
Leila Morrison, Tiffany Nhin, Olivia Madison
Dual Project (potential) Prisons in CA – for our community that we have to research
Young adults (College students)-so they can be more aware of their energy usage
Develop cost and energy efficient prisons in California. Focused on reducing carbon footprint.

Providing the resources for college students among others, to reduce their energy bills by being more efficient and smart

Michelle Huang, Ean Katagihara, Mark Sasser, Matt Meredith
Future of Farming – Aquaponics Sahel Region Currently, the Sahel Region of Africa is incapable of growing any food or crops for people within that region to survive. The Sahel Region suffers from extreme hot temperatures annually and lacks important resources such water and soil. Our goal is to conduct research on how Aquaponics – an artificial growing system that involves no soil and up to 90% less water usage than conventional framing practices – can be implemented within the Sahel region and what steps Cal Poly can do to contribute. Christian Barreto
Nikki Libby
Ari Torres
Irene Uy
Electricity for the Navajo Nation The Navajo Nation in Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah There are about 180,000 people living in the Navajo Nation and about 48,000 homes. 42.9% of the population lives below the poverty level making less than $8350 per year and roughly 18,000 homes do not have access to electricity. The homes that lack electricity tend to us kerosene, diesel, and wood stoves for home heating and cooking. Eric Ortiz, Owen Staveland, Camille La Cour
Energy for Nenets People in Siberia Nenets reindeer herders Provide clean electricity for the nomadic Nenets people. Preserve way of life by adapting to the future. Khulan Orgil, Christian Leone, Jake DeLalla, Annabelle Bitterman
South African Charcoal South Africa South Africa makes much of its money by cutting down trees for paper products and charcoal. By using tree byproducts (ie leaves) instead of wood for the charcoal, they could save a lot of trees (slowing deforestation) and giving those a more efficient source of heat. Kyle Denis, Lily Marks, Kyle Mather, Sarah Miller, Grant Sokolowski
Uganda school solar cooking Uganda A school in Uganda is using open fire to cook meals for the students. Solar cooking would be a great solution for the school to use as an alternative cooking method Brooklyn VanderVeen, Jessica Mchale, Macy Seidiltz, Kensey Nadler