Update for November 2014

Hello everyone,
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

Our New Executive Committee!

Hello everyone!

Our sincere apologies for the long delay in updating our website. If you have not heard the good news yet, we were recently approved for a $90,000 grant from the University of Washington Campus Sustainability Fund! Many thanks to everyone on the fund for believing in our team and sharing our vision of creating a student-driven renewable energy lab on campus!

In addition, we have also recently elected our new Executive Committee for the 2014-2015 school year:

Chief Operations Officer: Tony Serna
Chief Technical Officer: Wyatt Curtis
Chief Relations Officer: Sean Lorimor
Lab Director: Sam Wilson

Congrats to our new officers for the year!

Finally, our meetings this quarter will be held on Tuesdays from 4:30-5:30pm in Bloedel Hall Room 292, but please be sure to check the Google calendar for other events that we will be present at if you are unable to make this time.

Thanks and have a great week!

Winter Quarter 2014…

Hey everyone! We hope that you’ve had an excellent break and a chance to relax after the stress of last quarters final exams.

We are going to have to hit the ground running in the next couple of weeks, as the final draft for our grant to the Campus Sustainability Fund is due this coming January 24th!

To kick things off we will have our first meeting of the quarter be this coming Wednesday, January 8th at 3:30pm in Allen Research Commons Room Red C.

Note that we will probably change the rooms as we settle on a permanent time for us to meet; that being said we hope that most of you are able to make it at this time and are able to get involved this quarter! We have had some very positive feedback from CSF so far and we hope that by the end of this quarter we will finally be able to begin construction of the facility!

Thanks again, and we hope to see you all this coming Wednesday!

Update for the Week of November 4th

Hello everyone!

Several great developments have occurred over the past week. Here are the updates for the various teams:

— The Engineering/Tech team has scheduled a tour of the General Biodiesel facility for Wednesday November 20th, at 5:30PM. However, we will need to leave campus no later than 5PM. We will have several vehicles to help transfer students. If you would like to attend, you must RSVP Lauren, but space is limited so please keep this in mind. Hope to see some of you guys there!

— The Outreach team has completed a contract with HFS that outlines how we will collect the oil from their campus restaurants in the foreseeable future. All that is left is for us to sit down with HFS and have them approve the contract and we will be ready to collect oil once our facility is completed.

— The Business Plan team is exploring alternative options for a new business model to approach the EIC with, primarily looking at establishing a platform website where an individual can get a new biodiesel facility set up with our expertise.

— The Fundraising team is working on a new budget for the shipping container and the lab equipment that we will need for when we apply to the CSF grant. They are working closely with the Engineering team to ensure that the equipment is still relevant and that the proposal will cover our needs for the first year or so of operation.

That’s all for now! There will be no school this Monday in honor of Veterans Day, and therefore the normally scheduled Outreach and Business Plan meetings will be either cancelled for the week or rescheduled to a different day (if they are rescheduled the respective leads of the teams will let you know). Thanks for all of the effort that everyone has put in this past week!

— Rowdy

Update for the Week of October 28th

Hello everyone, here are the updates for the Cooperative over the past week:

— On Monday, the Business Plan team held a meeting discussing further the opportunities for building a plan centered around the design of a shipping container into a full-fledged biodiesel production facility. Although there are some companies around that already do this, we are sticking with the idea in that it is something we can use the experience for since we will be spending a large amount of time over the next several months designing the lab space anyway. They are currently looking into ways of developing a 3D computer model that will function as an interactive prototype for the EIC competition.

— On Monday, the Outreach team met to discuss further our contract with HFS regarding the collection of waste cooking oil from the dorm restaurants. They are also looking into contacting other schools and colleges that we could present to about the technology behind biodiesel.

— On Wednesday, the Engineering/Tech team held their first meeting. 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. Also, this team is planning a field trip to tour the General Biodiesel plant in SoDo sometime over the next couple weeks.

That’s all for now! We are also in the process of putting together a budget but need more information from UW officials before we can start working on it. As always, check the calender to see what times the various groups will be meeting next week, and don’t hesitate to contact myself or the other officers if you have any questions.

Thanks and enjoy the rest of the weekend!

— Rowdy