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.

VW Beetle Conversion

Project Leads: Joey Muerer (Project Manager) & Suryansh Rana (Electrical & Integration) & Will Argus (Restoration) & Nick Teoh (Powertrain)

In the fall of 2017, BHS purchased a 1974 special edition Volkswagen Beetle for $1,300, seeking to convert it into a fully functional electric vehicle and create a roadmap for others to do similar electric conversions. Exterior restoration of the Beetle was completed over the course of six months, and interior restoration is in progress.

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Green Wall

Project Lead: Eyal Li

Our Green Wall team has installed a custom hydroponics green wall system on the roof of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. The system is projected to grow over 100 lbs of greens and herbs for students each year to fight food insecurity, promote sustainability, and collect data for research on hydroponics technologies.

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Water Audit

Project Leads: Kamryn Kubose & Tsandi Chen

Our Water Audit team has monitored water usage for UCLA’s Powell Library, Boelter Wall, Murphy Hall, and John R. Wooden Recreation and Sports Center. The team has completed the audits effectively, and continues to seek methods of identifying and improving water efficiency across campus.

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Electric Bike Conversion

Project Lead: Suryansh Rana

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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Project Leads: Joe Prusan & Justin Eichenberger

Our Aquaponics team has recently won first place and a $50,000 grant in UCLA’s Sustainability Innovation Challenge to build a fully-functioning aquaponics facility on the UCLA campus. Upon completion, the system will yield hundreds of pounds of fresh, nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables to students annually.

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Project Lead: Aaron Feigelman

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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LEED Training

Project Leads: Kamryn Kubose & Tsandi Chen

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is the most prominent standard in the world for quantifying the sustainability of buildings, with nearly 80,000 projects across 162 countries. Developed by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED allows accredited professionals trained in sustainable development practices to judge the LEED rating of various projects.

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