Saturday, July 22, 2017

Week nine of Theo's internship with Sustainable Princeton

Week nine of my summer internship at Sustainable Princeton began with my continued work on filling out the application for New Jersey’s local government energy audit program (LGEA) that was started last week. As previously stated this program will help the Municipality of Princeton with identifying cost-justified energy-efficiency measures such as building retrofits and possibly a microgrid. With the completion of this audit many options that contribute to the fulfillment of the Municipality of Princeton’s commitment to the Paris climate agreement can be achieved. This, week we focused on filling out some of the other needed details for the application such as the square footage of the building, what year it was built, the year it was last retrofitted, and how many hours the building is open per week.

There were two other major things that happened this week. First, I created a spreadsheet of contact information about each of the new drop off sites for the BYOB program. The spreadsheet includes things such as the physical address, email, phone number, and the name of the person to contact if communication is needed. Second, using some of the money donated to us by McCaffrey’s Food Markets we were able to acquire the ten new bins necessary for the expansion of the BYOB program’s drop off points.

For the tenth week of my internship I plan on both continuing to work on the application for the LGEA energy audit with the goal of hopefully completing it and acquiring the adhesive informational posters for the bins so we can finally set up the additional drop off points for the BYOB program. Overall, this was quite a wonderful week and I am very excited to see what the next week of my internship will bring!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Week Eight of Theo's Internship with Sustainable Princeton


The eighth week of my summer internship at Sustainable Princeton began with me working on filling out an application for New Jersey’s local government energy audit program (LGEA) so that the Municipality of Princeton can get an energy audit. If the application is accepted the LGEA program’s audit will get us an expert to examine our facilities and see how we can improve our energy use. This program will also help us with identifying cost-justified energy-efficiency measures and will as subsidize the entirety of the audit’s cost. With the completion of this audit many options that contribute to the fulfillment of the Municipality of Princeton’s commitment to the Paris climate agreement become available. These include such things as retrofits and perhaps even a microgrid. So far, we have only completed the section on how much electricity and natural gas were used for the last fourteen months and how much it has costed using PSE&G’s online records of the Municipality of Princeton’s bills.

The other major thing that happened this week was that the local supermarket serving as the primary drop off point for the BYOB plastic film recycling program McCaffrey’s has donated $375 dollars to Sustainable Princeton so that we can acquire more bins and stickers to create the additional drop off points we have been setting the groundwork for these past weeks. With this we can acquire ten bins and enough stickers containing information on the BYOB program for these ten bins and more! This will allow us to create all seven of the drop off points we have planned out and give us room to create an additional three drop off points if we think of any good spots.

For the ninth week of my internship I plan on both acquiring the bins so as to start the process of setting them up and continue to work on the application for the LGEA energy audit. Overall, this was a wonderful week and I am excited to see what the next week of my internship will bring!