Projects

Projects by Year




2017 and ongoing projects


Collins Parking Garage LED lights
Awarded: $321,279
Anticipated Completion: July 2018
Upgrade the Collins parking garage's 487 light fixtures to longer lasting and more energy efficient LED lighting.
Project lead: Adam Burrell
Team members: Nadeem Freajah, Benjamin Carr, and Frank Granda.


iBar Technology for USF Library
Awarded: $68,889
Anticipated completion: May 2018
Provide iBars for 10 air-handling units at the USF library to improve their efficiency and reduce the building's carbon footprint
Project lead: Ashini Vashi
Team member: Suchi Daniels 


Reducing USF CO2 Emissions Using Algae

Reducing USF CO2 Emissions Using Algae
Awarded: $5,300
Completion date: 2017
This feasibility project explores the reduction of CO2 emissions from USF boilers using microalgae. It is part of a larger project on the use of microalgae for biofuel generation. In this project, CO2 from the exhaust of the USF boilers is used as a carbon source for a reactor that grows microalgae in a controlled environment. It studies the amount of CO2 consumed by microalgae to determine the feasibility of scaling up to help reduce USF's greenhouse gas emission and at the same time generating biofuel as a source of renewable energy.
Project Lead: Lauren Monti
Team Members: Bethany Loya, Adit Patel


Solar PV at Marshall Student Center: Phase II

Solar PV at Marshall Student Center: Phase II
Awarded: $1,387,603
Completion date: Ongoing
Annual Savings: 634,910 kWh
The installation of 1,075 more solar panels on the Marshall Student Center will help power the center and send excess energy back into the grid. The panels will generate 525,000 kWh per year, the annual energy usage of 39 homes.
Project Lead: John Pilz
Team Members: Chi-Kai Hung, Jakob Hartung, Sujit Chemburkar, Daniel Iglesias





Campus Recreation Tennis & Basketball LED

Campus Recreation Tennis & Basketball LED
Awarded: $217,300
Completion date: Ongoing
Annual saving: 45,358 kWh
This project aims to replace 40 metal halide fixtures in the tennis courts and 10 metal halide fixtures on the basketball courts with LEDs lights that are highly energy efficient. This project not only achieves significant energy saving as the lights are expected to stay on until midnight seven days a week, but it also significantly improves illumination in poor weather conditions compared to traditional lights. This is expected to encourage more students to participate in outdoor recreation.
Project Lead: Shalaun Franklin


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Renew-A-Bull Biodiesel Project: Phase II
Awarded: $259,700
Completion date: Ongoing
This project will transform the biodiesel generation pilot plant to a mobile biodiesel generation facility that will be housed in a trailer. This will address the issues related to locating the facility on campus and also will reduce the challenges of waste oil collection from different sources.
Project Lead: Dr. Aydin Sunol




BSF Building LED Project (Green and Gold)

BSF Building LED Project (Green and Gold)
Awarded: $93,540
Completion date: 2017
Annual savings: 159,483 kWh
This project replaced all existing light bulbs (T8, CFL and U-bend bulbs) with energy efficient LED light bulbs at the Biosciences Facility (BSF) building. The project also included installation of light sensors and recycling of all replaced lights in other buildings.
Project Lead: Rajeev Kamal
Team Members: Francesca Moloney, Arun Kumar Narasimhan

 





Renewable Energy Credit (Carbon Offset Purchase)

Renewable Energy Credit (Carbon Offset Purchase)
Awarded: $53, 000
Completion: 2017
This project involves the purchase of renewable energy credits (RECs) to offset carbon emissions and help USF achieve its greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals. This is one of the easiest and quickest approaches to achieve USF's climate commitment. The number of RECs purchased was equivalent to reducing USF's energy use by about 56,2800 mWh over a year. That's an estimated 10 percent reduction in electricity use based on the 2008 baseline. This helped USF meet its 2015 milestone target. The RECs were purchased from Renewable Choice Energy based on competitive pricing.
Project Lead: Lauren Monti
Team Members: Kebreab Ghebremichael, Nainan Desai, Suchi Daniels



Thermal Energy storage system

Thermal Energy Storage System
Awarded: $95,400
Completion date: Ongoing
Annual energy savings: 90,000 kWh
A thermal energy storage (TES) system will be installed at the Solar Thermal Power generation facility at the USF Clean Energy Research Center (CERC). This improves the performance and efficiency of the solar facility by storing energy even when the weather is unreliable. The project also enhances the educational component of the solar facility by allowing it to operate continuously and encourage student tours for learning.
Project Leads: Chatura Wickramaratne and Barry Ostermann-Burgess (students); Allison Madden (staff)





Roadway and Parking LED Retrofit

Roadway and Parking LED Retrofit
Awarded: $161,332
Completion date: Ongoing
Annual energy savings: 180,000 kWh
This project will replace 66 roadway and parking fixtures with LEDs. The highly energy efficient LEDs will reduce energy consumption and reduction of CO2 emissions.
Project Leads: Rajeev Kamal (student), Antonio Lourenco (staff), and Lauren Monti (student)






USF Maps App: Phase II

USF Maps App: Phase II
Awarded: $ 12,094
Completion date: Ongoing
This project improved and continued the USF Maps App. The list of features added included improved display, improved occupancy status, improved log file and miscellaneous bug fixes.
Team members: Joseph Fields, Mohan Gandhi Achchakkagari

 

 

Tree planting Phase II

Tree planting: Phase II
Awarded: $37,400
Completion date: Ongoing
GHG reduction: 15,715 kg CO2
This continued a tree planting project in an effort to increase tree coverage on the USF campus and reduce its carbon footprint. Phase II planted 35 live oak trees, including the necessary infrastructure for irrigation. The project helped USF receive a Tree Campus USA designation.
Project lead: Antonio Lourenco, USF Facilities Planning
Team members: John Pilz, USF graduate; Robin Rives, College of Geosciences; Nadeem Freajah, School of Geosciences; Shuang Hao, USF Facilities Planning; Adam Burrell, College of Business; Alexis Boback, College of Arts and Sciences



CPT Boiler Campus Rec

CPT Boiler Campus Rec
Awarded: $145,000
Completion date: Ongoing
Annual energy savings: 131,000 kWh
Campus Recreation's pool gets heated water from the Facilities Planning boiler almost a mile away. This leads to inconsistent water temperature. More significantly, it leads to higher energy usage for pumping and energy loss for transport. This project installs a condensing boiler outside of the Campus Recreation pool area that will reduce pumping requirements and energy loss in transporting hot water. Campus Recreation is expected to upscale the project to provide hot water services to their shower facilities.
Project lead: Alex Kirk, Integrative Biology


EV Charging Station: Phase III

EV Charging Stations: Phase III
Awarded: $ 183,079
Completion date: Ongoing
Carbon reduction: 57.73 Tons
This project is part of an effort to meet the increasing demand for electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. It will install 10 charging stations in various locations on campus. It includes two charging stations each at Crescent Hill Parking Garage, Athletics Parking, SOC Parking, Lee Roy Collins Parking Garage, Laurel Parking Garage and allocates a total of 20 parking spaces for EV charging. This project will significantly improve the distribution of EV charging stations across campus and help meet the demand created by electric vehicle owners (students, staff, faculty and visitors).
Project lead: Nadeem Freajah, School of Geosciences
Team members: John Pilz, USF graduate; Jakob Hartung, College of Engineering; Adam Burrell, College of Business; Frank Granda, Parking and Transportation Services


USF Electric Bus Initiative

USF Electric Bus Initiative
Awarded: $ 600,000
Completion date: Ongoing
Carbon Reduction: 71.5 tons CO2
This project helps Parking and Transportation Services purchase a 40-foot electric bus. Parking and Transportation Services will invest about $1 million in addition to the funding from the Student Green Energy Fund. The project will bring the first electric bus to the campus and will take USF a step further in its effort to introduce clean fuel transportation. USF already uses biofuel buses to transport students and staff/faculty within the campus around the neighborhood.
Project lead: Lauren Jones, USF Parking & Transportation
Team member: Dylan Thomas, USF Parking & Transportation


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2016


Share-A-Bull Bikes Project: Phase II

Share-A-Bull Bikes Project: Phase II
Awarded: $71,897
Phase II of the Share-A-Bull bike project involved the installation of 150 U-loop bicycle racks that were donated by the Florida Department of Transportation. The racks were place at 23 different sites across campus. It also included conducting a study to analyze the usage data and offer recommendations for the improvement and future expansion.
Project Lead: Yu Zhang
Team members: Dwight Pollock, Jochen Eckart, Phil Winter, Pei-Sung Lin




Share-A-Bull Bikes Project: Phase I

Share-A-Bull Bikes Project: Phase I
Awarded: $ 509,390
Completion date: 2016
Annual GHG reduction: 37,426 kg CO2
USF Share-A-Bull Bikes incorporated GPS technology smart tracking with an integrated phone app to allow students to easily find a bike on campus. It reduced intra-campus auto trips, encouraged the use of perimeter parking facilities, mitigated traffic congestion on campus, reduced GHG emissions and encouraged healthy lifestyles. The project included the purchase of 100 smart bikes that could be easily locked and borrowed by students, staff and faculty from several hubs distributed across campus. USF Campus Recreation did the daily operation and maintenance.
Project lead: Yu Zhang

Beard Parking Garage LED Retrofit

Beard Parking Garage LED Retrofit
Awarded: $434,180
Completion date: 2016
Annual Savings: 751,520.40 KWh
The Beard Garage LED retrofit project replaced 746 light fixtures with LED lights. The project enhanced the brightness of the lighting in the garage and also extended the life of lamps. With this change, a large reduction in energy consumption compared to traditional light bulbs and also significant re-lamping savings have been achieved.
Team Members: Frank Granda, Raymond Mensah, Roger Stern, Chi-Kai Hung


USF Maps App: Phase I


USF Maps App: Phase I

Awarded: $ 31,800
Completion date: 2016
The USF Maps App was developed by USF students and faculty. It is used to plan trips around campus via the USF Bull Runner, HART public buses, Share-A-Bull bikes and walking. It is synched with the real-time schedule of Bull Runners and includes the hubs for Share-A-Bull bike parking spots.
Team members: Joseph Fields, Mohan Gandhi Achchakkagari




Solar Umbrellas at Argos

Solar Umbrellas at Argos
Awarded: $11,512
Completion date: 2016
In a continuation of the installation of solar umbrellas at USF, this project added umbrellas to six tables at the Argos student food services courtyard. Each umbrella contains three USB charging ports. The umbrellas provide easy access to outdoor USB charging for students while sitting in the shade.
Project Lead: Walter Pestrak 
Team Member: Joseph Fields


 

Tree planting: Phase I

Tree planting: Phase I
Awarded: $86,385
Completion date: 2016
Carbon reduction: 33,250 kg/year
This project helped USF plant 73 live oaks, the first of which were planted during a National Arbor Day celebration. It included the purchase and planting of trees and installation of an irrigation system. The locations for tree planting were selected to enhance tree coverage where needed on campus and provide shade on the sides of walkways to encourage walking around campus.
Project lead: John Pilz
Team members: Shuang Hao, Bryan VanSant, Tewodros Mengistu, Chi-kai Hung

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2015

ETS Solar Panel and Golf Cart Charging

ETS Solar Panel and Golf Cart Charging
Awarded: $22,260
Completion date: 2015
Annual Savings: 8,760 kWh
The ETS solar panel provides electricity to the grid and carport to charge electric golf carts.
The second phase of this project replaced old PV panels on the west side of the CUTR/College of Engineering PV charge station (6 kW). The project also included the installation of three 120V outlets into the pilings near the typical parking area for the golf carts. It also included rewiring to feed the power generated from the PV system to the TECO electric grid. The solar panels generate an annual 8,760 kWh of clean solar electricity that is fed to the grid and at the same time used to charge electric golf carts.
Team members: John Pilz, Elias Stefanakos, Roger Stern, Emma Lopez


EV Charging Station: Phase II

EV Charging Station: Phase II
Awarded: $42,400
Completion date: 2015
Annual GHG reduction: 5,237 kg CO2
This project installed an EV charging station at the Patel Center parking lot. It increased the number of 240V cords at USF from two to three. This station will provide charging for cars in the energy efficient vehicle spot (one 240V charge cord and one 120V outlet).
Project lead: John Pilz
Team members: Roger Stern, Adib Amini

 

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2014

Crescent Hill Parking Garage LED: Phase II

Crescent Hill Parking Garage LED: Phase II
Awarded: $53,000
Completion date: 2014
Annual Savings: 177,249 kWh
In this phase, 125 fixtures were installed in levels four, five and six. This is a continuation of Phase I, which retrofitted about 220 lamps in the lower levels of the garage.
Team leader: Frank Granda
Team members: Chris Nardelli, Chris Isle, Raymond Mensah 

 

 

Refill-A-Bull Hydration Stations Phase III

Refill-a-Bull Hydration Stations Phase III
Awarded: $32,123
Completion date: 2014
Annual Savings: 51,448 kWh
The third phase of this project installed 29 hydration stations in buildings ALC, ALN, AOC, BEH, BSF, BSN, CIS, CMC, CMS, CPR, CSD, CWY, EDU, ENB, ENC, FPC, LIB, LSA, MDL, MDN, NES, PCD, SOC and SVC. The availability of these units cuts down on the purchase of water bottles, thereby taking them out of the waste stream.
Team members: John Shahbazian, John McCall, Briena Gianfrencesco, Matthew Sipinick



Refill-A-Bull Hydration Stations Phase IV

Refill-a-Bull Hydration Stations Phase IV
Awarded: $41,735
Completion date: 2014
Annual Savings: 31,435 kWh
Phase IV of the hydration stations installed a total of 18 units in buildings that were selected by a team of students and staff. These buildings include REC, CPR, MDC, LIB, MHC, MHA, SCA and ENB. This project increased the total number of hydration stations around campus to more than 80.
Team members: John Shahbazian, John McCall, Briena Gianfrencesco, Matthew Sipinick




Desktop Computer Power Management

Desktop Computer Power Management
Awarded: $50,000
Completion date: 2014
Annual Savings: 1,640,310 kWh
This project installed power management software in all the 8,000 desk top computers at USF to place them in sleep mode when they are not in use. This operation significantly reduces power consumption of individual computers to 5 watts (rather than the 70-100 watts consumed when they are not in sleep mode). This achieves a significant energy savings for USF.
Team members: Ken Christenson, Nainan Desai, Craig Woolley, Kebreab Ghebremichael, Siva Prakash



Renew-A-Bull Biodiesel Project: Phase I

Renew-A-Bull Biodiesel Project: Phase I
Awarded: $106,000
Completion date: 2014
The project generates biodiesel from waste oil (from dining halls and other sources within and outside of the USF campus) using a supercritical process technology. The first phase of the project built a pilot system that generated about 400 gallons of biodiesel per week. The biodiesel generated from this project is used as a fuel for USF's Bull Runner buses and replaces the purchase of biodiesel from other vendors. In addition to biodiesel, the project will also produce liquid and solid soap as byproducts to achieve maximum utilization of the resource and generate additional income.
Project Lead: Aydin K. Sunol
Team Members: Zachary Cerniga, David Townsend

 

Solar Doks at Chemistry Plaza

Solar Doks at Chemistry Plaza
Awarded: $ 27,702
Completion date: 2014
Annual Savings: 973 kWh
The Solar Dok project at the Chemistry Plaza installed two solar umbrellas that provide students with outlets to charge their cellphones and laptops while siting under the shade of the umbrellas. This project is also part of the beatification of the renovated chemistry building.
Project leads: Mike Ballester and Sarah Baynard



EV charging Station: Phase I

EV Charging Station: Phase I
Awarded: $ 37,810
Completion date: 2014
Carbon reductions: 4399 kg/year
In 2011, USF made a groundbreaking decision to install electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in the parking lot by the Marshall Student Center. This project was installed to meet the increasing demand for EV charging stations at USF and included two dual charging stations with 240V capacity in the Beard Garage with four parking spots allocated.
Project lead: John Pilz



Campus Recreation Energy Efficient Equipment

Campus Recreation Energy Efficient Equipment
Awarded: $36,040
Completion date: 2014
Annual savings: 866 kWh
This project retrofitted three new energy efficient treadmills and bicycles that will decrease energy consumption, thus reducing Campus Recreation's carbon footprint. This project is considered a pilot project that would be expanded by Campus Recreation based on energy saving data collected over a year.
Project lead: Adit Patel

 

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2013

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Solar PV at MSC and Amphitheater: Phase I

Awarded: $ 170,187
Completion date: 2013
Annual Savings: 34,066 kWh
The USF Solar Initiative installed photovoltaic (PV) panels on rooftops of the Marshall Student Center and the amphitheater canopy. In total, this project generates 23.2 kW. Power generated from the PV panels feeds the electric grid system.
The project also included the installation of an interactive display to show real time energy production from the panels and other sustainability projects on campus.
Team leader: Jamie Trahan
Team members: Brian Bell, Alden Earl


Refill-A-Bull Hydration Stations Phase II

Refill-a-Bull Hydration Stations Phase II
Awarded: $41,735
Completion date: 2013
Annual Savings: 31,135 kWh
The second phase of this project installed a total of 18 new hydration stations in the following buildings: BSF, CEE, CGS, CAM, CIS, FAS, ISA, NEC, NTA, SCA, SVC, MDH, MDF, MDT, MHB, WRB, PED and UPB. The availability of these units cuts down on the purchase of water bottles, thereby taking them out of the waste stream.
Team leader: John McCall
Team member: Glen Aleo


Crescent Hill Parking Garage LED Phase I

Crescent Hill Parking Garage LED Phase I
Awarded: $82,680
Completion date: 2013
Annual Savings: 294,835 KWH
This project replaced 220 metal halide light fixtures (175 watt) with energy efficient LED lights (40-80 watt) in the first, second and third levels of the Crescent Hill Parking Garage. LED lights were also installed in a portion of the fourth level. In addition saving energy, the LED lights are brighter and last longer before needing replacement.
Team members: Frank Granda, Chris Nardelli, Manuel Lopez


HVAC Energy Conservation Juniper Poplar Hall

HVAC Energy Conservation Juniper-Poplar Hall
Awarded: $111,045
Completion date: 2013
Annual Savings: 320, 494 kWh
This project automatically adjusts the HVAC system to a comfortable but energy-efficient level at all times. Heating and cooling is the largest component of energy consumption in student housing. The project is particularly important since the AC system is left running even when rooms are vacant. This leads to a large amount of energy savings based on a centrally-controlled energy management system for the whole building.
Team member: Ernie Olivares


Contemporary Art Museum (CAM) LED Retrofit

Contemporary Art Museum (CAM) LED Retrofit
Awarded: $9,646
Completion date: 2013
Annual Savings: 41,464 kWh
CAM presents a series of changing exhibitions during the year. Proper lighting is paramount for aesthetics, visibility and safety. This project installed LED fixtures to enhance the lighting experience and save energy. Two different types of LED lamps appropriate for different exhibits were installed, 150 LED lamps (21W PAR38) and 25 LED lamps (6W MR16).
Team members: Margaret Miller, Alexa Favata, Tony Palms

 

Parking Lot 5 lighting

Parking Lot 5 & Cedar Circle LED Project
Awarded: $11,315
Completion: 2013
Annual Savings: 9,052 kWh
The project retrofitted existing high pressure sodium, cobra head light fixtures (lamp life 24,000 hours) on Cedar Circle and parking Lot 5A near the Marshall Student Center with LED lighting fixtures (lamp life 75,000 hours). The retrofit improved the quality of lighting and achieved significant energy savings and carbon
emission reduction. In total this project installed 13 LED fixtures.
Team leader: Chris Ilse
Team member: Frank Granda

 

Parking Lot 6 lighting

Parking Lot 6 LED Project
Awarded: $6,095
Completion date: 2013
Annual Savings: 3,906 kWh
Seven LED retrofits were completed in parking lot 6, near athletics. The lights have an average life of 75,000 hours, compared to the 24,000 average life of traditional high-pressure sodium lamps.
Team leader: Chris Ilse
Team member: Scott Glaser

 


Air Handler Automation

Air Handler Automation
Awarded: $30,004.00
Completion date: 2013
Annual Savings: 38,550 kWh
This project installed an air handler automation interface software system that automatically and dynamically schedules air handlers based on the schedule of rooms. This is key to reducing the cost of manually setting the air handlers of various buildings. It also maintains a comfortable and optimum temperature and humidity level inside offices, classrooms and labs using a R25 interface. The air handler system is synched with the space schedule information to optimize the HVAC system.
Team members: Richard Meana and Srinivas Katkoori


 

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2012

Solar PV System at Engineering/CUTR Parking Area

Solar PV System at Engineering/CUTR Parking Area
Awarded: $50,000
Completion date: 2012
Annual Savings: 29,200 kWh
This project integrated the 10-kW Photovoltaic (PV) generation system behind the Engineering and Center for Urban Transportation Research parking area into the USF electricity grid, designed and implemented a PV charging station for USF golf carts and designed and implemented a real-time monitoring and control Energy Management System (EMS) to inventory energy consumption. The new system replaced the old solar panels and charging system installed in 1995, which represented the first 20-kW solar charging station in the country. This project also installed inverters to convert the DC electricity from the charging station to AC electricity at 120 volts and 60 Hz. This project not only lowered the net energy consumption at the USF Tampa campus but also provided a charging facility for golf carts.
Team leader: Zhixin Miao
Team members: Stefanakos Lee, Goswami Yogi

Cypress Hall Lightning Controls

Cypress Hall Lighting Controls
Awarded: $13,175
Completion date: 2012
Annual Savings: 40,080 kWh
The photocell sensors installed in 174 light fixtures at Cypress Hall student housing buildings RCA, RCB, RCC and RCD included stairwells and hallways. The sensors are used to turn off lights that usually stay on 24/7. The sensors save energy and extend bulb life.
Team member: John Curtis




Solar Umbrella at Champions Choice

Solar Umbrella at Champions Choice
Awarded: $12,163
Completion date: 2012
Annual Savings: 1 kWh
This solar power umbrella provides four 110V outlets, two USB ports and 700 lumen LED lights for use at night. Students use these solar umbrellas to charge their cellphones and lap tops while enjoying their lunch.
Team leader: Jenna Burns
Team member: Elanor Ayres




Refill-A-Bull Hydration Stations Phase I

Refill-a-Bull Hydration Stations Phase I
Awarded: $25,779
Completion date: 2012
Annual Savings: 26,611 kWh
The first phase of this project installed 15 hydration stations in buildings across the campus that are most frequented by students. The availability of these units cuts down on the purchase of water bottles, thereby taking them out of the plastic waste stream. It also saves students some money as they reduce the purchase of bottled water. The hydration stations include displays to show the amount of refilled bottles. Students play a role in tracking and recording usage of the stations and quantifying the amount of plastic bottled diverted from landfills.
Project lead: Sarah Baynard



Central Utilities Plant LED Retrofit

Central Utilities Plant LED Retrofit
Awarded: $63,600
Completion date: 2012
Annual Savings: 139,564 kWh
This project retrofitted induction lighting on 53 200W fixtures at the Central Plant facility with highly energy efficient lighting that reduces energy consumption. The project was eligible for a rebate from TECO energy.
Team leader: John McCall
Team member: John Shahbazian



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