Here are the updates for the Cooperative over the past month of November:
— We have been making great progress with the Tailgate Recycling Initiative each week. Thanks to all the volunteers who came by and helped pass out bags to tailgaters. GO HUSKIES!!!
— On Wednesday of the 1st week, the Engineering/Tech team held the first module to demonstrate the fundamentals of extracting biodiesel from the HFS sites. Also, for the lucky few who stuck around for the extraction, we also toured the “lab” room with our reactor and discovered the “gunk” that goes into making biodiesel. For now, members in that group will start to educate themselves more about the process behind making biodiesel and decide which aspect of the process interests them the most.
— On Wednesday of the 2nd week, the reactor team held the second module to discuss the organic chemistry behind the making of biodiesel. We had a nice chat and a short review of OChem for many of the upper division students, but I, coming in as a freshman, was intrigued by the workings “behind the scenes” of our cooperative. We will set up the third and final module to discuss the business behind biodiesel at a later date, most likely the beginning of winter quarter, but this is tentative scheduling so remember to check your email and/or the calender to receive updates.
— On Wednesday, the Outreach team met to discuss the next quarter’s events and set up committees to head each of the events. This group is in charge of spreading the awareness of the impact of biodiesel on the UW community. We are hoping to set up another tour of the General Biodiesel facility sometime winter quarter and are still looking for members to take the lead on many of these committees including: Engineering Discovery Days, Environmental Innovation Challenge, the Welcome Back BBQ, and the Clean Tech Alliance. If you have any questions, comments, or want to participate, feel free to send us an email or come chat with us.
Calendar Updates (Tentative Scheduling Updates can occur):
January ??, 2015 – Welcome Back BBQ – a BBQ for all members plus an adviser to hang out, network, and above all have a good time after a long winter break. Alcohol is an optional beverage for the event, but those of you under 21 can have soda instead.
January 22, 2015 — Register for Environmental Innovation Challenge – a committee will hopefully set up in the next few week to discuss possible business plans or alternatives to our current plan. The team will need to plan a business model related to the cooperative itself, design advanced posters to explain the impact that biodiesel can have on our UW community, and develop explanations for questions raised by judges and curious onlookers to the booth.
April 2, 2015 – Environmental Innovation Challenge Event — an all-day event for members dressed in Business Professional attire who will run a business model booth and talk to onlookers/judges about the impact that biodiesel can have on our UW community. Great experience for the industry focused individual
April 24-25, 2015 — Engineering Discovery Days – an 8 hour volunteer event with 1 hour shifts to get the kids all over UW excited about the field of engineering and the intrigue of biodiesel. We need SAFE interactive items for kids to play with while we explain what biodiesel is with the help of our cool looking model.
Every Month – Clean Tech Alliance – a business casual/ professional meet and greet for investors and small sustainable business to share knowledge and endorsements. We will send representatives for one of the meetings to be tentatively scheduled at a later date.
Remember you guys can choose to participate in more than one of the cooperative’s teams. We just expect the same effort for each group you choose to participate in.
That’s all for now! We wish you guys goof luck on your finals and have a wonderful winter break.
– Brandon and Alexa