Summer Campus Climate Fellowship

The Summer Campus Climate Fellowship is an opportunity for Kalamazoo College students to spend the summer working on an independent project to reduce the campus' greenhouse gas emissions. Projects can target physical changes that will lead to efficiency savings, research on best practices at other institutions, research on ways to encourage climate-friendly behavior on campus, or any other elements of campus operations that could reduce the College's over all greenhouse gas emissions.

Please look at the attached application for more information on what the SCCF involves, and feel free to contact the Associate Vice President for Facilities Management, Paul Manstrom, with any questions. Completed applications should be dropped off in the Facilities Management Office or sent via inter-campus mail to Paul Manstrom.


Below are a few examples of projects that have been done in the past.  Click here for past SCF projects.

Bicycle Research
Research was conducted on the various barriers that prevent students, faculty and staff from meeting their transportation needs through active transportation (primarily biking and walking). Research involved looking at programs at other institutions, evaluating the Helping Understand Bikes Program, and detailing barriers specific to Kalamazoo College and the City of Kalamazoo. The final report included a number of steps for how to move forward to increase the rate of active transportation use.

Carbon Sequestration at the Arboretum
Several fellows have gone out to the Lilian Anderson Arboretum, owned by Kalamazoo College, to determine how much carbon is sequestered by the trees and by the soil. Fellows used GIS technology to create a map of the arboretum and label sample plots. As this project continues, the College will be able to accurately estimate how much carbon is sequestered and take that into account in its emissions calculations.

Lighting Renovation
Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) were investigated as a replacement for lighting across campus. All lighting uses were studied, with particular emphasis on accent, classroom and outdoor flood lighting. It was concluded that LEDs were a cost-effective substitute for all incandescent lights on campus, leading to the replacement of accent lights in Biggby and certain areas of Hicks. High bay lighting was nearly cost-effective but fluorescent retrofits which have since been carried out were more attractive. An overhead projector illuminated by LEDs was designed and constructed as a proof of concept, as all projectors on campus use high-wattage incandescent bulbs.

Steam Plant and Tunnels Audit
Heat loss in the campus steam distribution system was quantitatively modeled. Most campus buildings are heated by steam which is generated at the central boiler and distributed through underground pipes. Although insulated, these pipes lose some heat which is important when predicting a building's overall energy efficiency as well as providing a site for emissions reduction. In order to develop a model, temperature data was gathered using an IR camera and students used respiration systems to enter the steam tunnels. This research informed a SIP.