Project Description: UC Reserves for Energy Efficiency Learning (UC REEL)
The UC Reserve System is a network of 39 California nature reserves operated by the UC; 28 of these provide lodging and research facilities.
As a Climate Action Fellow, Hope will develop a UC Reserves for Energy Efficiency Learning (UC REEL) program, which will involve student groups in the quest for carbon neutrality on their local Reserves.
This project will leverage efforts by PowerSave Campus, an organization under the Alliance to Save Energy, which employs paid interns on UC and CSU campuses and works to assist schools in becoming more energy efficient.
Through UC REEL, Hope will connect PowerSave Campus Teams and volunteers with their local Reserves and oversee them as they conduct energy audits of these Reserves. Each Reserve with research or lodging facilities will receive an energy audit and recommendations for how it can conserve energy at that site.
These recommendations will be presented to each Reserve and will preferably be adopted by as official energy efficiency policy. Each guest at a given Reserve should be expected to become familiar with the policies as a condition of their stay.
The UC REEL program will allow the Reserve System to become a beacon of energy efficiency in the quest for net carbon neutrality. As campus staff, faculty, and students visit Reserves along with members of the public, all of these visitors will be introduced to concepts of energy efficiency through the guidelines they follow upon arrival.
All participants in the program will also be expected to reach out to members of their campus in order to promote awareness of energy efficiency within the Reserve System.
Hope Pollard is a first-year Master’s of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) student at UCI. She currently works for the Alliance to Save Energy’s PowerSave Schools program, where she helps teams of students at K-12 schools make their campuses more energy efficient. Her focus in the MURP program is on helping communities become healthier and more sustainable, and on directing the field of planning towards more empirical community-based approaches.