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The Fall 2016 semester of ENGR215 Introduction to Design worked with The Sanctuary Arcata, a local non-profit with a mission to "inspire creative growth through the arts", to design and build sustainable infrastructure at their community space in Arcata, CA.
Abundant free food kiosk
A new way for The Sanctuary to distribute donated food to the public in a free, convenient manner.
A greywater system from the kitchen water to reduce the freshwater demand of the gardens.
An improved, easy, pest resistant, three stage compost system.
solar food dehydrator
A solar dehydrator to preserve the abundant food at The Sanctuary without relying on fossil fuels.
Sink to toilet greywater system
Reduce freshwater use in toilet, by reusing the sink water for the toilet bowl.
A rainwater catchment system at The Sanctuary.
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This photovoltaic system was designed to power a DC Vaccine Refrigerator at the hospital Centro De Salud in Parras, Mexico. Centro De Salud had a list of items that needed to be purchased at their hospital. Among these was a new vaccine refrigerator. After learning of this, the project group members set out to design a PV system for the hospital that could fulfill this need.PV systems are well suited for vaccine refrigeration for a few reasons. PV arrays are becoming an increasingly popular alternative to gas generators for supplying energy to off-grid vaccine refrigeration because of their ability to create reliable energy that requires little system maintenance. According to the World Health Organization, PV refrigeration systems are much more efficient at maintaining internal temperatures in refrigerators than gas generators. This creates for an overall greater reliability of the refrigerator system. In the case of Centro De Salud, having a PV powered vaccine refrigerator could prevent vaccine spoilage due to grid power outages, which can be very costly.
There would be very little point in my exhausting myself and other conservationist themselves in trying to protect animals and habitats if we weren't at the same time raising young people to be better stewards.
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