- February 19-21, 2016
- NC State is committed to developing a sustainable campus. We've been working hard to cut our energy and water consumption, and to limit the amount of waste we produce. But there is more we can do! To meet our goals we need to continuously develop innovative and sustainable ways to use energy and environmental resources.
- As burgeoning leaders in the fields of engineering, science, technology, business, and sustainability, NC State students are uniquely positioned to develop creative solutions to environmental challenges.
- To discover new ways to create a more efficient and sustainable campus, we hosted a Make-a-Thon and challenged undergraduate students living in University Housing--such as Engineering Village, WISE, EcoVillage and the Albright Entrepreneur's Village-- to form interdisciplinary teams and develop creative solutions to improve campus sustainability.
- Over three days student teams researched, designed, prototyped, and built new solutions in one of three areas: Energy, Water, or Waste. Teams used data provided by the Sustanability Office, and tools and expertise offered by the NCSU Libraires Makerspace and the Entrepreneurship Garage. On the final day of the event, community and industry sustainability experts evaluated their submissions and awarded prizes to the top teams in each category, as well as a grand prize to the overall winner.
- To get our participants ready to start building their sustainability solutions Autodesk and NCSU Libraries hosted a Fusion360 workshop in advance of the event. Students learned how to develop 3D models and how to export those files for 3D printing and milling.
- The Make-a-Thon was kicked off by our keynote speaker Aly Khalifa who gave an amazing talk on how to foster an inventive culture.
- After the keynote, the teams broke into small groups to learn more about their topics. The Energy teams met with Sean Fokes, Energy Coordinator, University Housing. The Waste teams met with Lani St. Hill, Outreach Coordinator, NCSU Waste Reduction and Recycling Office. The Water teams met with Lib McGowan, Energy Data Analyst, NCSU Energy Management.