Ongoing Projects and Sub-Teams
Here you will find more informations of the different teams we have in BLUElab Metro. As a member, you can take part in any of the projects, or help create your own.
In the next five years, the neighborhood of Bryant in the city of Ann Arbor will be transformed into a completely carbon neutral neighborhood. This project will consist performing energy audits, community outreach, and determining and implementing methods of reducing carbon emissions and reaching carbon neutrality.
Carbon Offset Data Visualization
Lead by Project Manager Shivani Sundaresan, the Data Visualization sub-team will create visualization of the carbon offset by by different sustainability projects on campus, working with Michigan Eco Data. They will start with the Canopy Cover project, seen above.
Lead by Project Manager Shreya Jain, the SEAS Facilities sub-team will be working in collaboration with SEAS to improve the compostable toilet system in DANA. This project will be a full design process starting with idea generation and will result in implementation of solutions in Dana next school year. the project itself focuses on decreasing the attraction of gnats to the toilets as well as finding efficient ways to treat and recycle the compost in local communities.
Lead by Project Manager Jessie Beck, the Waste Management sub-team has multiple projects to get involved with: 1) Collaborating with FreeCycle to create a UM community on the site to allow exchange of books, clothing, furniture, and other unwanted items between UM personnel in order to encourage a more circular economy while improving equity and access to needed materials on our campus; 2) Finding solutions for off-campus students who want to compost but whose landlords do not provide compost services or whose residences do not lie on the City of Ann Arbor's existing trash/recycling/compose pickup routes; 3) Setting up a permanent battery drop-off station on campus; and 4) Electronic waste collection at the end of each semester, working with Human I-T, a Detroit based nonprofit that refurbishes usable electronics for communities without equal access to technology.