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CGI U Outstanding Commitments Awards 2009

Of the Energy & Climate Change commitments made this year, approximately half are working within the United States and half are working in developing countries. Asia (Nepal, India, and Pakistan in particular) was a top destination for students working in energy and climate change, followed by Africa and Latin America. Students are creating community gardens, installing solar installations, and building solar-powered wells. They are also promoting compost techniques and piloting energy metering and conservation techniques in the developing world.

This year’s CGI U Outstanding Commitment Award winners for Energy & Climate Change were all funded by the Wal-Mart Foundation, which has maintained its own commitment to sustainability at every level.


Award Winners

Establishment of Permanent Food Production Area on Campus
Commitment By: Toby Kubler (Undergraduate)
University Name/Major: Lane Community College, Renewable Energy Technology
Geographic Scope: Eugene, Oregon
Award Amount: $10,000 towards construction of a campus-based greenhouse
Funding Provided By: The Wal-Mart Foundation
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Earth Givers Retrofit Commitment
Commitment By: Angelica Ramdhari (Undergraduate), on behalf of Neutral Gator
University Name/Major: University of Florida, History
Partners: University of Florida’s Office of Sustainability, University Athletic Association, UF’s Go Green Team, Arthur R. Marshall Foundation, Paradigm Properties, Gainesville Regional Utilities, Publix
Geographic Scope: Gainesville, FL
Award Amount: $5,000 toward materials for retrofitting homes
Funding Provided By: The Wal-Mart Foundation
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“Cambio Verde” Exchanging Food for Recyclables: A tipping point mechanism for Poverty Alleviation
Commitment By: Daniela Ochoa Gonzalez and Mitchell Harrison (Graduate Students)
University Name/Major: Cornell University, MPA in Environmental Policy and City and Regional Planning
Partners: Curitiba Environment Department
Geographic Scope: Morelia, Mexico
Award Amount: $10,000 towards food production
Funding Provided By: The Wal-Mart Foundation
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Perm-a-culture: A Permanent Agriculture for a Permanent Culture
Commitment By: Deloris Cobb (Undergraduate)
University Name/Major: College of Menominee Nation, Early Childhood Education
Partners: Sustainable Development Institute at the College of Menominee Nation, University of Wisconsin Extension office for Menominee County, Boys and Girls Club of America, American Indian Business Leaders association, Strategies for Environmental Education, Development and Sustainability student group at CMN, Menominee Adult Learning Center
Geographic Scope: Menominee College and Reservation, Wisconsin
Award Amount: $5,000 toward gardening supplies
Funding Provided By: The Wal-Mart Foundation
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Water is Life
Commitment By: Sarah O’Neill (Undergraduate), on behalf of University of Delaware Engineers without Borders
University Name/Major: University of Delaware, Mechanical Engineering
Partners: HydroSante
Geographic Scope: Cameroon
Award Amount: $10,000 towards wells
Funding Provided By: The Wal-Mart Foundation
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Chester Community Garden Project
Commitment By: Zachary Postone (Undergraduate), on behalf of Swarthmore Environmental Justice
University Name/Major: Swarthmore College, Political Science
Partners: Economics, Biology, and Political Science departments, the Scott Arboretum, Good Food Project, Teens 4 Good, Chester Housing Authority, Philadelphia Horticultural Society, Delaware County Alliance for Environmental Justice
Geographic Scope: Chester, PA
Award Amount: $5,000 toward equipment, supplies, seeds
Funding Provided By: The Wal-Mart Foundation
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Net-metering in the Developing World
Commitment By: Nathaniel J. Lindsey (Undergraduate)
University Name/Major: University of Rochester, Alternative Energy and Sustainable Engineering
Partners: Peace School in Kampala; AHEAD Energy; EAETDN; Makerere University’s Centre for Research in Energy and Energy Conservation; WADE
Geographic Scope: Uganda
Award Amount: $9,000 towards net meter
Funding Provided By: The Wal-Mart Foundation
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Pedal Fresh
Commitment By: David Nokovic (Undergraduate)
University Name/Major: Portland State University, Sustainable Urban Development
Partners: Green Empowerment
Geographic Scope: Thailand
Award Amount: $5,000 toward one bike powered filtration system
Funding Provided By: The Wal-Mart Foundation
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New York City S+em Project
Commitment By: Rufus Griffin Johnston (Undergraduate)
University Name/Major: The New School for Liberal Arts, Environmental Studies
Partners: U.S. Forest Service Northern Research Station, Tribeca Trees, STEW-MAP, The New School
Geographic Scope: New York City
Award Amount: $9,000 towards field equipment and web-based mapping and social networking tool
Funding Provided By: The Wal-Mart Foundation
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Berkeley Green Home: Net Zero Dwellings
Commitment By: Anurag Sridharan (Undergraduate), on behalf of Berkeley Green Home
University Name/Major: University of California-Berkeley, Civil Engineering
Geographic Scope: California
Award Amount: $5,000 toward net zero dwellings
Funding Provided By: The Wal-Mart Foundation
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Rainwater Harvesting Project in Nepal
Commitment By: Shweta Rajbhandari (Undergraduate)
University Name/Major: Middlebury College, Political Science
Partners: Biogas Sector Partnership-Nepal (BSP-Nepal)
Geographic Scope: Avra village, Nepal
Award Amount: $8,000 towards rainwater harvesting tank
Funding Provided By: The Wal-Mart Foundation
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Gardens That Teach: Growing a New Generation
Commitment By: Doug DeRoy (Undergraduate)
University Name/Major: University of California-Berkeley, Energy and Resources
Partners: FoodFirst, The People’s Grocery in Oakland, Alice Waters’ Edible Schoolyard
Geographic Scope: California
Award Amount: $5,000 toward piloting two community gardens in California public schools
Funding Provided By: The Wal-Mart Foundation
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Renew Crew
Commitment By: Roland Le Roux (Undergraduate), on behalf of The Renew Crew
University Name/Major: Pennsylvania State University, Mechanical Engineering
Type of Institution: Public
Partners: National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) – Honduran chapter
Geographic Scope: Roatan, Honduras
Award Amount: $8,000 towards equipment
Funding Provided By: The Wal-Mart Foundation
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The Hunter Solar Project
Commitment By: Noah Ginsburg (Undergraduate), on behalf of the Hunter Solar Project
University Name/Major: Hunter College, Renewable Energy
Partners: The Center for Sustainable Energy at Bronx Community College, The CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities, Hunter College President and Administration, Solar One, Green Apple Multi Media Association, Hunter College Sustainability Council, Hunter Geography Department, Hunter College Undergraduate Student Government and Graduate Student Association, CUNY Engineering Staff
Geographic Scope: New York
Award Amount: $4,000 toward the purchase of the solar panel
Funding Provided By: The Wal-Mart Foundation
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Development of a Model Micro Hydropower
Commitment By: Dristy Shrestha (Undergraduate)
University Name/Major: Middlebury College, Psychology and Spanish
Geographic Scope: Nepal
Award Amount: $7,000 toward the peltric set
Funding Provided By: The Wal-Mart Foundation
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VERMPET
Commitment By: Garima Rana and Neha Kamra (Undergraduates)
University Name/Major: Indira Gandhi Institute of Technology, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University (Delhi), Mechanical Engineering
Geographic Scope: India
Award Amount: $3,000 toward bins and worms
Funding Provided By: The Wal-Mart Foundation
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Penn Haven Partnerships and Community Food Garden
Commitment By: Russell Trimmer and Victor Galli (Undergraduates)
University Name/Major: University of Pennsylvania/Business
Partners: University City Hospitality Coalition
Geographic Scope: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Award Amount: $7,000 toward repair and renovation of youth shelter
Funding Provided By: The Wal-Mart Foundation
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Revolution in Solar Empowerment
Commitment By: Amanda Gonzalez (Undergraduate), on behalf of Team RISE
University Name/Major: Stanford University, Management Science and Engineering
Partners: International Development Enterprises (IDE), D-Rev (Design Revolution), Wildlife Conservation Network
Geographic Scope: East Africa
Award Amount: $3,000 toward solar concentrator, translator services
Funding Provided By: The Wal-Mart Foundation
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Bikes for Africa Initiative
Commitment By: Joyce Asamoah (Undergraduate)
University Name/Major: Central Piedmont Community College, Nursing
Partners: Bikes for Africa Initiative
Geographic Scope: Africa
Award Amount: $6,000 toward the shipment of one container
Funding Provided By: The Wal-Mart Foundation
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Family Trees Project
Commitment By: Nina Morris (Graduate)
University Name/Major: Temple University, Community and Regional Planning
Geographic Scope: Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Award Amount: $3,000 toward tree seeds
Funding Provided By: The Wal-Mart Foundation
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Bicycles Against Poverty in Haiti
Commitment By: Dick Muyambi (Undergraduate), on behalf of Bicycles Against Poverty
University Name/Major: Bucknell University, Civil Engineering
Geographic Scope: Haiti
Award Amount: $6,000 toward the purchase of bicycle carts
Funding Provided By: The Wal-Mart Foundation
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Climate Change Networking and Action
Commitment By: Jessie James L. Marcellone (Undergraduate), on behalf of Philippine Youth Environmental Network (PHIYEN)
University Name/Major: University of Mindanao, Law
Geographic Scope: Philippines
Award Amount: $3,000 toward mangrove tree plants
Funding Provided By: The Wal-Mart Foundation
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Weatherization from the Bottom up
Commitment By: Anthony Larson (Undergraduate), on behalf of Students for Environmental Concerns
University Name/Major: University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, Economics and Environmental Studies
Partners: Engineers without Borders, Habitat for Humanity
Geographic Scope: Champaign, Illinois
Award Amount: $6,000 toward building materials
Funding Provided By: The Wal-Mart Foundation
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Greening the Community
Commitment By: Carmelita Foster (Undergraduate)
University Name/Major: Dillard University, Psychology
Partners: Deep South Center for Environmental Justice, Community and Economic Development Corporation (CDC), Environmental Justice Club (EJC)
Geographic Scope: New Orleans, Louisiana
Award Amount: $3,000 toward sustainability efforts at elementary schools
Funding Provided By: The Wal-Mart Foundation
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SolSource
Commitment By: Amy Qian (Undergraduate), on behalf of SolSource
University Name/Major: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Mechanical Engineering
Partners: Shem Women’s Group; Bridge Foundation; The Students' Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh; Nor Mgo Educational Development Organization; Mr. Tao (Liuji Solar Cooker Factory owner); Lerjiater (Leader, Awuju and XiaKeBa villages); Caihua Dorjie (Leader, Zhengga Village)
Geographic Scope: China
Award Amount: $6,000 toward solar cooker units
Funding Provided By: The Wal-Mart Foundation
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Meals, Peels, and Fields
Commitment By: Constance Ger (Undergraduate), on behalf of Students for Environmental Concerns
University Name/Major: University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, Integrative Biology
Partners: University YMCA
Geographic Scope: Champaign, IL
Award Amount: $3,000 toward supplies and equipment
Funding Provided By: The Wal-Mart Foundation
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Rural Kashmir Solar Lantern Project
Commitment By: Ambreen Rahman (Undergraduate)
University Name/Major: Columbia University, Biomedical Engineering
Partners: Comprehensive Disaster Relief Services-CDRS, National Rural Support Program, Columbia University Center for Technology, Entrepreneurship and Community Engagement SKYHEAT Associates
Geographic Scope: Pakistan-administered Kashmir
Award Amount: $6,000 toward equipment and raw materials and Pilot Solar Energy Micro finance Program for households
Funding Provided By: The Wal-Mart Foundation
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Sustainable Science Education in the Peruvian Amazon
Commitment By: Richard Novak (Undergraduate), on behalf of Future Scientist
University Name/Major: University of California-Berkeley/Bioengineering
Partners: Scripture Union, PJM Ventures
Geographic Scope: Puerto Alegria, Peru
Award Amount: $2,000 toward materials
Funding Provided By: The Wal-Mart Foundation
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Microbial Fuel Cells as a Waste-to-Energy System for the Colorado Convention Center
Commitment By: Dania Zinner (Undergraduate)
University Name/Major: University of Colorado, Denver, Environmental Engineering
Partners: Colorado Convention Center
Geographic Scope: Denver, Colorado
Award Amount: $6,000 toward microbial fuel cell reactors, partial cost of consumables
Funding Provided By: The Wal-Mart Foundation
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Educational Tree Nursery: To Combat Haiti's Deforestation
Commitment By: Trevor Sell (Undergraduate)
University Name/Major: Temple University, Landscape Architecture
Partners: Life Connection School in Montroius, Haiti
Geographic Scope: Haiti
Award Amount: $2,000 toward tree seeds
Funding Provided By: The Wal-Mart Foundation
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Ecological Sanitation in Jaipur
Commitment By: Sarah Swenson (Graduate)
University Name/Major: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Urban and Regional Planning
Partners: Various local Rajasthani NGOs
Geographic Scope: Jaipur, India
Award Amount: $6,000 toward construction materials
Funding Provided By: The Wal-Mart Foundation
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Vulnerability Mapping Model
Commitment By: Vinay Tejasviyallapragada (Undergraduate), on behalf of IYCN-HYD
University Name/Major: Gokaraju Rangaraju Institute of Engineering and Technology, Mechanical Engineering
Partners: Indian Youth Climate Network, Andhra Pradesh Green Corps, MV Foundation
Geographic Scope: Hyderabad, India
Award Amount: $2,000 toward creating an online platform
Funding Provided By: The Wal-Mart Foundation
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Jema Jakoanti: Promoting Healthy Communities
Commitment By: Diego Garcia-Montufar (Undergraduate)
University Name/Major: Swarthmore College, Philosophy
Partners: Ciudad Saludable and ANIA (Peruvian NGOs); Regional Government of Ucayali, INIA; Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility
Geographic Scope: Ucayali Region of the Peruvian Amazon
Award Amount: $6,000 toward waste and composting equipment
Funding Provided By: The Wal-Mart Foundation
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Greening Villages Movement
Commitment By: Priyanka Bista (Undergraduate)
University Name/Major: Ryerson University, Architectural Science
Partners: Living Earth Institute, Phul Maya Foundation
Geographic Scope: Bhedetar Village, Nepal
Award Amount: $2,000 toward agriculture plot development in one school
Funding Provided By: The Wal-Mart Foundation
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The Sustainability of the Menominee School District
Commitment By: Marcus Andrew Grignon (Undergraduate)
University Name/Major: Menominee College, Tribal Legal Studies and Sustainable Development
Partners: Indigenous Permaculture, Aquaholics Research Team
Geographic Scope: Menominee Tribal Nation, Wisconsin
Award Amount: $6,000 toward materials and tools (fuel cell project)
Funding Provided By: The Wal-Mart Foundation
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sOccket
Commitment By: Jessica Lin (Graduate), on behalf of sOccket
University Name/Major: Harvard University, Government
Partners: Harvard University Engineering Department, WhizzKids United
Geographic Scope: South Africa
Award Amount: $1,500 toward soccer balls and internal parts
Funding Provided By: The Wal-Mart Foundation
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Integrated Carbon Credit and Biofuel Program
Commitment By: Douglas Kolozsvari (Undergraduate), on behalf of Mada Biofuels Team
University Name/Major: University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, Urban and Regional Planning
Partners: African Development Bank, National Center of Applied Research for Rural Development, UN-funded PROSPERER
Geographic Scope: Sub-Saharan Africa
Award Amount: $6,500 toward equipment and oil filtering storage equipment, manual oil presses and oil jatropha lamps
Funding Provided By: The Wal-Mart Foundation
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