Solar Power Innovation took first place at the Jâlé and Warren Trepp Business Plan Competition on Feb. 25, in Sierra Nevada College’s TCES, earning $4,500 towards their solar powered cooler initiative.
Team members included Jake Bricklin, Alden Spence, Tyler Prange, and Mitch Wiseman.
Second place winner, Brass Mountain Sports, was awarded $1,500. The two entreprenuers, Lukas Brassie and Brendan Wheelwright, wish to design a “sleep solution” sleepingbag for outdoor enthusiasts.
Vend, a grocery shopping app that bypasses checkout lanes, created by Beth Portesi, came away with the third place prize of $750.
A total of $6,750 was given to the three winning teams.
While you were snuggling your hunny on Valentine’s Day, the Sierra Nevada College campus celebrated the birthday of the newest Green Initiative addition in Prim Library. Along with funding from SGA and some elbow grease from campus Facilities, the new Vapur hydration system fills your water bottle with chilled Tahoe Tap, from its home next to the student store.
The initial plan was put into motion in fall 2012, but was not followed through until spring 2014.
“It was student driven at first, but during the summer the SGA board switched over and so the funds were there but action wasn’t taken yet. The new SGA board continued with the previous year’s plans to install the water station,” said Dean of Students Will Hoida.
“The original proposal was to put four [water] stations in around campus, but when we came back with a bid on that, it was quite costly so we narrowed our focus down to one station,” said Hoida.
The water station, that has already helped to eliminate waste from 517 disposable plastic water bottles as of Feb. 26, is part of an environmentally responsible program to preserve our resources.ack with a bid on that, it was quite costly so we narrowed our focus down to one station,” said Hoida.
“It was originally a service learning project that was proposed to us, and it latched on really well,” said SGA President Sam Marquardt. “We thought students would love this. Everyone has a Nalgene or a water bottle.”
“The Vapur Refill Station Program addresses two issues that we are very passionate about at Vapur; the environment and hydration. Vapur was founded with a commitment to raising awareness about the global water crisis and empowering people to make a difference,” said Brent Reinke, co-founder and CEO of Vapur, on the company website.
The water station fits appropriately into the SNC community, touching on one of the core themes of sustainability.
SGA concentrated on producing one water station in order to assess its acceptance and utilization on campus.
“That was the ultimate plan, to install one and see how it worked then take over all of the water fountains. The one in the library is a prime location, whereas the (water fountain) in TCES is around the corner, but hopefully we can install more,” said Marquardt. “See how this one works and how much students like it.”
After determining its’ popularity on campus, SGA will evaluate the possibility of funding more water stations.
The water station is already getting positive feedback from students and staff.
“I think it is an awesome addition to campus, but I had no idea it was here,” said Sophomore Emily Aguiar. “It’s great to get the word out about it.”
“I would love to see more on campus,” said Hoida, in reference to plans of installing more water stations. “Hopefully by getting good publicity and excitement about it, and seeing that it is very functional. It fits the theme at our college.”
College can be a place where many young adults finally break free from the watching eye of their parents and find freedom in living wild and free. While this may seem like a prime time to make all your “Y.O.L.O.” decisions, experts state that 80 percent of the consequences may not be evident.
Professor Robert King will be traveling to Duke University Feb. 10-24 for a visiting scholarship position to research the archives of the statistician and economist, Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen.
Furrowed brows. Subtle scoffs. Stifled laughter. I’ve seen many judgmental reactions when I tell people the title of my degree, but who could blame them? How else can you respond when someone tells you she went to school for interdisciplinary studies in outdoor adventure leadership and journalism?