Project Teams

All current teams within the enterprise!

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Carbon Footprinting Team  

The Carbon Footprinting Team is responsible for gathering and analyzing data determining the official Greenhouse Gas (GHG) inventory and subsequent carbon footprint for Michigan Tech annually. The first annual footprint was calculated for the fiscal year 2008 and resulted in the formation of the Green Campus Enterprise. Data utilized in determining the GHG inventory includes various sources both directly on Michigan Tech property and outside sources. Data includes such aspects as energy (gas, propane, electricity), fertilizers and refrigerants, solid waste, as well as commuting associated with the university via car and airplane. The results from determining the carbon footprint can help to elucidate high sources of GHG emissions and potential areas where reduction can be achieved.

Location Based Results
The aquaponics team has a goal of creating a small-scale aquaponics system to be located on the Michigan Tech campus. The team is developing a mass balance model of the biological, chemical, and physical processes that impact the health of the model ecosystem.  
Campus Bioretention and Rain Gardens
The bioretention team formed in response to the many spots around campus that accumulate water during heavy rain events. A lack of ground infiltration and insufficient storm water conveyance creates puddles around the sidewalks of Michigan Tech. Rain gardens, or bioretention swales, can be constructed in these areas to increase infiltration and enhance water quality. These rain gardens will reduce the amount of storm water that gets conveyed into storm drains and ends up in the Portage Canal and will alleviate the issue of puddles forming around campus sidewalks.
This team is evaluating the current state of composting on campus and developing an implementation plan for Facilities Management that will support the advancement of composting initiatives on campus. Planning will allow for future investment in sustainable operations and better position the organization for funding opportunities and sufficient allocation of operational resources. 
Waste Heat 
This team is working on designing a system that will capture waste heat from the EERC server room on campus and use it to create a heated sidewalk outside of the northwest entrance to the EERC. Removing the heat from the server room will also cool the space down, cutting on air conditioning costs. They are working with Facilities’ Energy Management Team and a fast-paced construction schedule to implement changes. 
SDH Heat Pump 
This team is partnering with the Sustainability Demonstration House to replace the house’s furnace with a heat pump that will be more energy efficient and will not burn fossil fuels. 
SDH Green Roof
The SDH Green Roof team is working to design a green roof for the Sustainability Demonstration House.
Houghton County Waste Characterization Study
Working to determine the composition of waste that is disposed of in Houghton and Keweenaw Counties. Knowing what is in the waste (eg. food waste, paper products, metals, textiles) can help to make evidence based decisions on the kind of sustainable solid waste infrastructure decision makers in Houghton County should invest in.