Capstone/Grant Ideas

This list is designed to help you get started on imagining a capstone project or an Office of Sustainability grant project (or both). The tags on the left are clickable.

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Transportation
bike
public transit
complete streets
Water
water conservation
stormwater
Waste
recycling
reuse
landfill
compost
e-waste
zero waste
Energy
solar
wind
energy efficiency
Food
food security
food waste
dining halls
Built Environment
green building
architecture
grounds
Air Quality
greenhouse gases
Beautification
art
Biodiversity
forestry
animal wellbeing
urban ecology
Residence Halls
Business
Behavioral Change
Public Health
Community
Public Policy
Agriculture
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Title Description Tags
Art installation from repurposed materials

Create an art installation from recycled/discarded materials.

reuse
Beautification
art
Tree Zero paper

Introduce Tree Zero paper to UGA offices

 

Business
Orientation recycling quiz

Work with Zero Waste UGA to create and facilitate a recycling/waste quiz for incoming freshman at orientation.

recycling
zero waste
Behavioral Change
Informational recycling poster

Create a cute and simple recycling graphic - laminated and posted (permanently)

Work with the Zero Waste intern at the Office of Sustainability

recycling
zero waste
Behavioral Change
Campus sustainability map

Create a campus sustainability map.

Example from the University of Washington: http://green.washington.edu/map/sustainability 

complete streets
Behavioral Change
Additional hygiene closet, food pantry locations

Add to the existing hygiene closet and/or food pantry locations on campus

food security
Composting lessons

Hold regular or occasional "Composting 101" lessons, or hold drop-in hours to answer questions 

Work with Zero Waste UGA

compost
zero waste
Behavioral Change
Recycling lost water bottles

Work with campus buildings/offices to collect used water bottles from campus lost-and-found bins. Clean and redistribute.

Work with Zero Waste UGA

reuse
zero waste
Reusable mug promotion

Work with on-campus (and off-campus?) coffee shops to have more regular and/or significant freebies/promotions/discounts for customers who bring reusable mugs

zero waste
Business
Behavioral Change
Rid of campus plastic bags

Get the UGA bookstore and other on-campus vendors eliminate plastic bags (or implement policy of asking if necessary)

Work with Bag the Bag and Zero Waste UGA

reuse
zero waste
Business
Recycle pom-poms from football games

Work with UGA athletics and events to implement effective recycling of pom-poms at football games

recycling
zero waste
Recycle Lab Gloves

Recycle lab gloves - through the company, possibly Kimberly-Clark

recycling
Window Boxes on Buildings

Window boxes on buildings 

Built Environment
architecture
Beautification
art
Integrate Sustainability into Terry

Integrate sustainability into Terry (raise awareness - ex: Correll Hall green roof)

Business
Behavioral Change
Alternative Transportation Program Marketing

Alternative Transportation Program (ATP) marketing

Transportation
bike
public transit
complete streets
Behavioral Change
Beekeeping

Beekeeping

Built Environment
Bike Repair Lessons for Women

Women (and trans and non-binary ppl) -focused bike/repair lesson http://bit.ly/2ruXKWO

bike
Foam Free Campus

Foam free campus 

Waste
recycling
zero waste
Retrofitting lab technology

Retrofitting lab tech to become more energy efficient

Energy
green building
Carbon Offset Program for UGA

Tree planted for each new incoming student (Carbon Offset Program)

 A donor give the money to a student to plant the tree?

greenhouse gases
grounds
Solar/Wind technology across campus

More solar/wind tech introduced into campus

solar outdoor/street lights

solar
wind
green building
grounds
Sustainable UGA Purchases

Making UGA purchases to come from a more sustainable place

Behavioral Change
Vehicle Material Recycling

Create a system to recycle UGA vehicle materials (oil filters, etc.)

Transportation
Waste
recycling
Onsite mini CHaRM

Create a recycling system for batteries/difficult materials to recycle - Onsite mini CHARM?

Waste
recycling
Kill the Cup Campaig

Kill the Cup Campaign (for fall semester, and beyond)

Waste
reuse
landfill
zero waste
Audits/Analyses of Sustainability Initiatives

Audits/analyses of existing sustainability infrastructures, such as waste/recycling/composting infrastructures

Behavioral Change
Improve Safe Biking

Work with OoS and BikeAthens to improve safe biking and bike lanes on campus

Transportation
bike
complete streets
Community
grounds
Implement Dero ZAP

Implement Dero ZAP automated commuter tracking system to promote biking/walking (https://www.derozap.com/?s=how)

Transportation
bike
Air Quality
Public Health
Switch to Compostable Carryout Containers

Switch all carryout containers to compostable ones at cafes/restaurants on campus

Waste
recycling
landfill
compost
food waste
Add Motion-Censored Lights

Switch certain lights to motion-censored lights that don't actually need to be on 24/7

Energy
Built Environment
green building
grounds
Jackson Street Building as a Model

Use Jackson Street Building as a guide of how to reuse/recycle greywater and rainwater on campus

Water
water conservation
stormwater
Waste
recycling
reuse
Built Environment
grounds
Green Roofs and Rooftop Gardens

Implement more green roofs and rooftop gardens, with easy student access

Built Environment
green building
Beautification
Continue Real Food UGA Campaign

Continue Real Food UGA's campaign to get more local and sustainable food in dining halls and other food vendors and cafes around campus

Food
food security
food waste
dining halls
Public Health
Effects of SES on Access to Real Food

Researching the effects of socioeconomic status on access to real food

Food
food security
Community
UGA Environmental History

Research UGA environmental history, compile info for UGA Office of Sustainability website

Built Environment
Community
urban ecology