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Hannah Newhouse Reports: Solar Panels on the Micron Business and Economics Building

Hannah Newhouse reports on the new solar panels that were installed on the Skaggs Hall roof at the Micron Business and Economics Building. The panels add a third significant element of sustainability to the building, joining the green roofs and geothermal heating that already benefit the facility.

Hannah Newhouse Reports: Boise State Tree Lighting

Hannah Newhouse reports on the Boise State holiday tree lighting – including lighting facts and event festivities.

Solar Panels Installed on Micron Business and Economics Building

A section of roof on top of Boise State University’s Micron Business and Economics Building will soon harness the power of the sun.

MBEB Solar PanelsNew solar panels being installed this month will have the capacity to produce 25 kilowatts of power, or the equivalent of energy used by about five households. That is enough to take the majority of two large areas of the building — the Skaggs Hall of Learning and the Imagination Lab — off of the power grid during peak hours. In the future, additional solar panels could be added, bringing the total power produced to 65 kilowatts, the equivalent of roughly 12 households.

Ken Petersen, dean of the College of Business and Economics, said he is excited about the opportunity to continue the university’s investment in sustainable power.

“The Micron Business and Economics Building utilizes geothermal energy for heating and cooling, ample natural light, green roof technology, the most efficient hardware and more,” Petersen said. “To add solar power generation to this list is fantastic and in direct support of our college’s strategic priority on environmental sustainability. This addition will keep our innovative building as a model of environmental stewardship.”

There are a multitude of reasons for the university to utilize solar power according to Kevin Satterlee, chief operating officer at Boise State.

“Although this project may help offset energy costs for the university, there are much more important reasons as to why we chose to do this project. This project offers wonderful education and research opportunities for our students and faculty, as well as supporting our campus initiative in becoming more sustainable.”

Hannah Newhouse Reports: Alumni & Friends Center

Hannah Newhouse reports on the progress of the Boise State Alumni & Friends Center, and gives a “behind the scenes” look at the construction site. Completion of the building is slated for Summer 2016.

Hannah Newhouse Reports: Campus Cycling Safety and “Rules of the Road”

Hannah Newhouse teams up with Gabe Finkelstein of the Cycle Learning Center to share some safety tips and “rules of the road” when cycling on the Boise State University campus.

Cycle Learning Center Aids Boise Bicycle Project in Christmas Kids Bike Giveaway

Cycle Learning CenterThe Boise State University Cycle Learning Center (CLC) has been volunteering their time and expertise over the past month to the Boise Bicycle Project (BBP), helping with the annual Christmas Kids Bike Giveaway.

The program donates over 300 bikes each year to children of low social and economic families who may not be able to afford a bicycle. Often times these giveaway bikes are the first bikes these children ever receive. This year’s giveaway will take place at the Boise Bicycle Project (1027 South Lusk Street) on Saturday, Dec. 19.

The CLC has been assisting with bike tune-ups, fixing flat tires, lubing chains and performing safety checks to get bikes in good working order for the giveaway.

Boise State’s campus community is invited to join the CLC in this project by donating unwanted kids bikes and parts. Bikes for bigger children (24” and 26” wheels) are especially needed, as well as tires, tubes, grips, seats, pedals and more for all children’s bikes.

Donations can be made at the Boise Bicycle Project located at 1027 South Lusk Street, Wednesdays through Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. or Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To find out more about the Boise Bicycle Project, visit http://www.boisebicycleproject.org/.

More information on the Boise State Cycle Learning Center can be found at http://rec.boisestate.edu/clc/.

 

Hannah Newhouse Reports: 2015 Employee Design Initiative

Hannah Newhouse now represents the Boise State Campus Operations Division in more ways than one. Hannah is not only the Boise State racecar driver, but she is now a voice to the students about Campus Operations projects.

Throughout the school year Hannah will plan, film, edit and produce short videos about projects throughout the Campus Operations Division.

In her second video, Hannah shows of the newly completed Taco Bell Arena and Housing Offices corridor which has been safer, brighter and more inviting with the 2015 initiative.

Hannah Newhouse Reports: How to Use the Cesar Chavez Contraflow Lane

Hannah Newhouse in car

Hannah Newhouse now represents the Boise State Campus Operations Division in more ways than one. Hannah is not only the Boise State racecar driver, but she is now a voice to the students about Campus Operations projects.

Throughout the school year Hannah will plan, film, edit and produce short videos about projects throughout the Campus Operations Division.

Check out her first video where she discusses the new Cesar Chavez contraflow bike lane.

Great American Smokeout

Boise State is supporting The American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout this year by organizing a campus cigarette butt clean-up event. The event, run by Environmental Health, Safety and Sustainability Director, Barb Beagles, will take place on November 19 from 2:30 to 4 p.m.

Beagles is looking for volunteers for the event to help rid the campus of cigarette butts, as well as educate individuals of the Boise State Smoke Free Campus Policy (Policy #9110).

In addition, all cigarette butts collected will be co-mingled and recycled, adding a sustainable spin on the event.

Those who would like to participate and volunteer for the Boise State Great American Smokeout activities, contact Barb Beagles (barbarabeagles@boisestate.edu).

For more information on the Great American Smokeout, visit cancer.org/smokeout.

Homecoming Spirit

Conference Services wins Homecoming Spirit contest

Boise State Campus Operations swept the top-two spots in the 2015 Homecoming Decoration Contest! Earning the top prize was Conference Services (pictured) for their live rodeo theme, including western costumes and rodeo reenactments. They used their staff’s talents, resources and materials to showcase their campus pride.

In a very close second place was the Chief Operating Office with their thrift shop theme which included a sea of blue and orange merchandise and price tags of shared values.

Human Resources placed third, while College of Health Sciences and Academic Advising earned an Honorable Mention nod. View photographs from all participating departments.