|Overall Rating||Gold - expired|
|Submission Date||April 30, 2012|
IN-3: Innovation 3
|1.00 / 1.00||
Sustainability Projects Coordinator
Center for Sustainability Education
A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
The Biodiesel Shop is a student-led, student-managed project at Dickinson College, dedicated toward providing the college campus with a sustainable, alternative fuel source. Through the esterification process, waste vegetable oil (WVO), donated by Smarter Fuels, is converted into Biodiesel that can be used in a number of vehicles by campus operations and The Dickinson College Organic Farm.
Their particular achievement in the past year is their re-build of the entire shop. For the past four years, they were using equipment that was particularly amenable for a home-brew system. In 2011, The Biodiesel program was donated $20,000 worth of processing equipment. Over the past year, a group of students led by Sam Parker, the program’s student manager, designed and built a system capable of outputting nearly twice the amount of biodiesel we could accommodate previously. Additionally, this implementation will make the shop safer and more of an aesthetic attraction for a campus audience.
This achievement marks another sizeable, sustainable, and innovative product that Dickinson College students provide to this community.
Dickinson College requested that AASHE Staff correct a mistake in this reporting field for the reason specified below.Previous Value: The Idea Fund’s mission “is to provide money to support student-innovators who design projects to enhance the social and environmental atmosphere of Dickinson College. Having access to monetary resources enables and encourages creative and entrepreneurial activity and helps realize and engage our commitment to a useful education in the liberal arts.” The Idea Fund was a student-inspired and led initiative that works off a revolving loan fund platform, where loans given to student projects help to reduce a school’s carbon footprint and provide monetary returns that both pay off the project and provide future savings to the school. However, this fund seeks to go a step further and provide funds not only for projects which can repay themselves in the long run, but ones which provide substantial non-monetary returns for the Dickinson community. Unlike most other funds, we seek to target not only environmental sustainability initiatives, but socially beneficial ventures as well. After a strategic plan was drawn up by the student in the Spring of 2011 at the request of the President’s Office, an angel investor provided $15000 for the initial pool of money. A separate $1500 was provided for a Bike Kitchen as a pilot project, which will be a facility run by students that offers hands-on skill training in bicycle maintenance and repairs.
Explanation: This is not a correction, rather an update, per STARS's request, to our Innovation Credit section. I have pdf letters for each update when STARS is prepared to post them.
A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise:
The website URL where information about the innovation is available:
Dickinson College requested that AASHE Staff correct a mistake in this reporting field for the reason specified below.Previous Value: http://blogs.dickinson.edu/ideafund/
Explanation: new website
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