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Breaking Down Polystyrene in a Sustainable Pathway
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.
Combination of Hydroponics and Aquaculture
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.
Designing and Building Sustainable Houses in the Solar Decathlon
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. Our project competes in this competition using knowledge of research, architecture, CAD, rendering, and physics
Beekeeping and Awareness
The main purpose of the Bruin Beekeepers is the build a bee loving community and educate students about the basics of bees. Currently, this project runs 4 bee hives on the top of the Life Science Building. Departmental updates are relayed at the beginning of each meeting with the latest events and announcements relevant to the general members. The club has promoted sustainability, awareness, and celebrates honeybees and native bees alike on and around campus.
Conversion of a VW Bug to Electric Power
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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