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Sustainability: High Meadows Foundation Supports Campus-based Projects with Real-world Results

February 19th, 2018

 

In the fall, Princeton junior Nico Viglucci taught himself to weld. His goal? Creating a rack to hold solar panels atop an old school bus Viglucci is painstakingly converting into a mobile “tiny house” filled with energy-saving add-ons and an experimental heating and cooling system. The bus will also be outfitted with monitors to collect data about its energy use.

“Princeton is very big on theoretical academics,” said Viglucci, who is majoring in mechanical and aerospace engineering. Gesturing to the massive rack on the floor, he said: “This is very hands-on. On the spectrum, it’s all the way on the other side.”

Viglucci’s “School Bus Tiny House” is one of more than a dozen projects supported in 2017 by the High Meadows Foundation Sustainability Fund, which is administered by the Office of Sustainability. Since 2008, it has awarded grants of up to $10,000 to Princeton students, faculty and staff who have an idea that exists at the intersection of sustainability and tangible action. The fund highlights “measurable outcomes that will contribute to cultivating a sustainability ethos on campus.”

To read more about student research supported but the High Meadows Foundation Sustainability Fund, head here.

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