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Hearst Field North Restoration

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  Hearst Field North will soon undergo a soil restoration project thanks to a grant from The Green Initiative Fund! The project was initiated and will be managed by Rec Sports groundskeeper James Sanner. The goal of the project, which will take place through 2014, is to improve the playing surface, reduce water use, and eliminate synthetic fertilizers, herbicides, fungicides, …

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Charge Your Electronics As You Work-out

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HPG, an engineering group here at Cal, has retrofitted an elliptical trainer and stationary bike at the RSF to charge cell phones and tablets!     The Human Power Generation (HPG) team is an undergraduate research project that focuses on harnessing the human power easily found in fitness facilities, namely at the Recreational Sports Facility (RSF) at University of California, …

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Energy Efficient Lighting Installed in RSF Locker Rooms

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Earlier this month we replaced 43 metal halide light fixtures with new extended-life fluorescent lamps and electronic ballasts in the RSF locker rooms. The project is expected to save 45,591 kWh per year and $4,559 per year in annual energy costs! That’s enough energy to power 4 American homes for a whole year. The new fixtures, which replaced existing bulbs …

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New Energy-Saving Pool Pumps

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As part of our efforts to continually improve sustainable practices, Cal Rec Sports has installed energy-saving “smart pump control systems” (SPCS) at the Strawberry Canyon and Golden Bear Pools. The pumps, which were installed last week, will reduce annual energy consumption of the pumping system by 48% at Golden Bear Pool and by 42% at Strawberry Canyon Pool. The new …

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RSF Garage Gets Lighting Upgrade

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  The lighting in the RSF Parking Garage is being replaced with energy-efficient fixtures that will reduce energy consumption, save the campus money, and make the garage a brighter place. The new fluorescent lighting being installed will use half the electricity of the existing lighting, saving the campus about $10,000 per year. The total cost of the project — funded entirely by our …

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Pool Cover at Hearst Means Big Energy Savings

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Rec Sports has purchased and installed a pool cover for the Hearst pool.  At first blush this doesn’t sound like much to celebrate, but if you look a bit deeper you’ll see that this pool cover will save an estimated 12,000 therms of natural gas per year.  To put that in perspective, PG&E says that the average residential customer in …

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RSF Garage to Get CO Sensors; Saves Energy & Money!

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    The RSF garage is about to become a much more energy efficient place.  Energy saving Carbon monoxide (CO) sensors are being installed throughout the garage.  The sensors will control the six exhaust fans in the garage, which currently run 24/7 — by law a parking garage must exhaust CO once levels rise above a specified amount; if a garage does …

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Greener Towels at the RSF

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We wash a lot of towels here at the RSF — as many as 13,000 towels per week and 50 loads of wash each day. That requires quite a bit of water. To help reduce the eco impact of this process, we’ve switched to a detergent by Vaska, a Berkeley based company that produces an eco-friendly herbal detergent free of harmful …

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RSF Electricity Use Dips Below 1989 Levels

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We're pleased to report that despite increasing our open hours over the last few years, electricity use at the RSF has dipped to 17.2% below 1989/90 levels. How have we done it?  The biggest savings have come from our lighting project; throughout the RSF, existing light fixtures have been replaced with high efficiency, high output fluorescent lamps and transformers. This has been done …

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5 UC Berkeley Students Win Clinton Global Initiative Award

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Clinton Global Initiative University Announces Doug DeRoy, Kevin Hur, Jonathan Lee, Richard Novak, and Anurag Sridharan of the University of California-Berkeley as 2009 Winners of CGI U Outstanding Commitment Awards. “CGI U offers college students a space to create positive change in local communities or on a global scale,” said Robert Harrison, CEO of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI).  “Funding provided …

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