Green Wharf:

Green Wharf:

The collaborative agreement between the City of Santa Cruz and UCSC to partner in efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase environmental awareness has resulted in the creation of the GreenWharf project. As a research and demonstration site, the GreenWharf combines a number of more specific initiatives such as the creation of a renewable energy test bed, mounting an electrical vehicle charging station, furthering a green business program, and the launch of the Santa Cruz Wharf EcoTour. 
IDEASS collaboration with the GreenWharf project is now in its fourth year enabling students to work on several initiatives including: installation of a renewable energy test bed (wind and solar sensors, a vertical axis wind turbine, and a solar panel) and data analysis; promoting Ecology Action’s RightLights program and the Monterey Green Business program to wharf businesses; design and launch of docent-led and self-guided EcoTour supported by interpretive signs and QR code access points in collaboration with Long Marine Lab; plans and preparation for a public access electric vehicle charging station. For 2012/2013 students are focused on waste-to-fuel recycling with particular emphasis on biosolids and waste grease processing.