Featured Projects

Through BHS, students have the unique opportunity to get real, hands-on experience and make a quantifiable, positive impact that touches nearly every aspect of the UCLA community while helping UCLA take steps towards accomplishing goals such as zero waste by 2020 or carbon neutrality by 2025.

Plastic2Food

Project Leads: Ikuko Nakano, Jeremy Goldberg, Jordan Yanowitz

Faculty Advisor: Nuri Katz, UCLA Chief Sustainability Officer

Our Mealworm team is dedicated to the research of polystyrene-consuming mealworms and the net carbon-negative impact that turning the various waste products of the mealworm’s life cycle into food will have on the world. This year, our mealworm team has expanded their plastic to food objective by partnering with UCLA’s Dr. Kym F. Faull, PhD for toxicity testing on the safety of mealworm consumption, and conducting independent research on the productivity of frass-fertilized soil, and the dietary sufficiency of mealworm-based fish food.

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ELECTRIC VEHICLE CONVERSION

Project Leads: Cristian Rodriguez & Max Sicherman (VW Beetle), Jake Lynch & Ryan Alexander (Electric Skateboard)

Faculty Advisor: Laurent Pilon, UCLA Engineering

In order to provide practical education for the rapidly growing Electric Vehicle (EV) industry and promote UCLA sustainability, BHS is transforming a classic 1974 Special Edition Volkswagen Beetle into a fully functioning electric car. We have completed a full exterior restoration and are now turning our attention to electrical system and powertrain.

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HYDROPONICS AND AQUAPONICS

Project Leads: Jay Uppuluri & Max Menczer

Faculty Advisor: Laurent Pilon, UCLA Engineering

The Luskin Hydroponics Project is a research initiative to study urban food production that uses less resources than convention farming and produces zero waste. BHS designed, installed, and is now operating an automated hydroponics farm on the roof of the Luskin School of Public Affairs. Our goal is to increase the availability of nutritious produce for students and bolster food security on campus. Accordingly, the farm is growing salad greens and herbs that are donated to the UCLA Central Programming Office’s (CPO) Food Closet and offered at on-campus farmers markets.

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LEED TRAINING & LABS

Project Leads: Liana Huang & Kathryn Walsh

Faculty Advisor: Bonny Bentzin, UCLA Facilities

The LEED Green Associate Prep Course is a free 4-week training program that meets once a week to prepare students to earn the LEED Green Associate professional accreditation, which shows that individuals have an understanding of current green building practices and standards developed by Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

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Restroom and Irrigation Audit Program

Project Leads: Kamryn Kubose & Tsandi Chen

Faculty Advisor: Bonny Bentzin, UCLA Facilities

After becoming LEED accredited, BHS members are conducting a series of water audits on the UCLA campus. We are assessing building water usage to identify opportunities to replace fixtures and improve efficiency. In the 2017-18 school year, our team collected data on Powell Library, Boelter Hall, Murphy Hall, and the John R. Wooden Recreation and Sports Center.

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SOLAR DECATHLON

Project Lead: Max Christoph

Faculty Advisor: Laurent Pilon, UCLA Engineering

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Decathlon® is a collegiate competition, comprising 10 Contests, that challenge student teams to design and build highly efficient and innovative buildings powered by renewable energy.

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ELECTRIC BIKE CONVERSION

Project Lead: Suryansh Rana

Faculty Advisor: Laurent Pilon, UCLA Engineering

In an independent project to experiment with construction of powertrain systems, BHS retrofitted two bikes with a battery, motor, and custom 3D printed fitting components. The bikes have a top speed of 25 mph and a battery life of over an hour.

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HVAC

Project Lead: Aaron Feigelman

Faculty Advisor: Laurent Pilon, UCLA Engineering

Using load-analysis software TRACE 700, and accounting for various ASHRAE standards relating to air conditioning, energy efficiency, and ventilation, our team successfully produced a 40-page design proposal for an industrial HVAC system for a 70,000 square-foot multi-use complex in Istanbul, Turkey.

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