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Coca Cola Student Sustainability Grant Winners

The Office of Student Life is pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 Coca-Cola Student Sustainability Grant for student-led initiatives that support Ohio State's commitment to reduce greenhouse gases, conserve resources and promote sustainability. The award, funded by Ohio State's partnership with Coca-Cola, provides seed funding to undergraduate, graduate and professional students and student groups for projects that directly contribute to reducing environmental impacts on campus. 

The projects are each now underway.

OSU Ecological Engineering Society, for creation of the "Wexner Chef's Garden" to provide the Heirloom Café with local, sustainably grown fare, and serve as an educational tool for the campus community on sustainable urban agricultural practices and interactive exhibition of culinary arts.

This urban garden will feature in-ground planters, compost bins, rain barrel irrigation, and educational signage.The students involved in this project are Caitlin Eger, Angelica Huerta, Henry Peller, and Trent Bower.

Buckeye Bike Mobile, a mobile bike repair station staffed by Bike OSU members, and supported by the Undergraduate Student Government, to assist bike riders in need of maintenance and to promote bike safety, fossil fuel-free transportation and health.

This project will be a visible promotion for biking on campus while teaching skills that will be valuable for a lifetime.The students involved are James DeFrance, Denis de Verteuil, and Austin Kocher.

Project Smart Strip Savings, a project designed to examine savings from the use of smart power strips. The strips will shut down power to computers and peripherals when a computer is turned off eliminating unnecessary electricity drains when the devices are not in use.  The project includes both a pilot study in Drinko Hall to assess energy and cost savings and an education publicity campaign to inform students of the
unnecessary waste of standby power.
The student involved is Moon Choe.

For more information on the Coca-Cola Student Sustainability Grants, or the winning entries, contact Kai Landis, or (614) 688-7510.



Dave Isaacs