Capstone Ideas

This list is designed to help you get started on imagining a capstone project or an Office of Sustainability grant project (or both).

Note: These are ideas only, not capstones or grant proposals per se. They are a starting point, like a brainstorm. Capstones and Grant Proposals will require careful refinement and development, thoughtful collaboration with faculty and professionals, and appropriate permissions.

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Transportation
walking
bike
public transit
complete streets
Water
water conservation
stormwater
Waste
recycling
reuse
landfill
compost
e-waste
zero waste
Energy
solar
wind
energy efficiency
Food
food security
food waste
dining halls
Built Environment
green building
architecture
grounds
Air Quality
greenhouse gases
Beautification
art
Behavioral Change
problem solving
Biodiversity
fisheries
wildlife
ecology
forestry
animal wellbeing
urban ecology
Public Policy
governance
Residence Halls
Business
Public Health
Community
Agriculture
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Art installations to inspire sustainability

Use art as a vehicle for sustainability engagement on campus.

Ex: Create an installation on campus using recycled materials and host an educational opening event.

reuse
Beautification
art
Paper Use on Campus

Research the life cycle of paper use on campus with an eye toward rethinking sourcing, reducing paper use, increasing recycling rates.

 

recycling
reuse
Business
Behavioral Change
Recycling quiz

Create and facilitate recycling/waste education for freshman.

recycling
zero waste
Behavioral Change
Recycling Education on Campus

Imagine new ways to educate the campus about recycling options.

Work with the Zero Waste intern at the Office of Sustainability

recycling
zero waste
Behavioral Change
Campus sustainability map/app

Create/develop/improve a comprehensive campus sustainability map/app.

Examples:  

  • https://www.watershed.uga.edu/mapset/6
  • http://green.washington.edu/map/sustainability 
complete streets
Behavioral Change
Food insecurity on campus

Explore ways of addressing food insecurity on campus.

food security
Composting lessons

Hold regular or occasional "Composting 101" lessons, or hold drop-in hours to answer questions.

compost
zero waste
Behavioral Change
Renew/recycle lost and found items

Imagine smart ways to renew/recycle lost and found items on campus

 

reuse
zero waste
Reduce use of plastic bags

Get the UGA bookstore and other on-campus vendors to eliminate plastic bags (or implement policy of asking if necessary).

reuse
zero waste
Business
Recycle pom-poms from football games

Work with UGA athletics and events to implement effective recycling of pom-poms at football games

recycling
zero waste
Alternative Transportation Program Marketing

Work with UGA Parking to improve awareness of the Alternative Transportation Program (ATP).

Transportation
bike
public transit
complete streets
Behavioral Change
Pollinator awareness

Create educational demonstration projects to encourage awareness of pollinators.

Built Environment
Bike Repair Lessons for Women

Women (and trans and non-binary ppl) -focused bike/repair lesson http://bit.ly/2ruXKWO

bike
Foam Free Campus

Develop a program to encourage the reduction of the use of styrofoam on campus.

Waste
recycling
zero waste
Carbon Offset Program for UGA

Develop a carbon offset program for individuals or classes on campus.

greenhouse gases
grounds
Sustainable UGA Purchases

Research UGA purchasing and supply chains to encourage more sustainable options.

Behavioral Change
Vehicle Material Recycling

Create a system to recycle UGA vehicle materials (oil filters, etc.)

Transportation
Waste
recycling
Onsite mini CHaRM

Create a recycling system for batteries/difficult materials to recycle - Onsite mini CHARM?

Waste
recycling
Kill the Cup Campaign

Develop new possibilities for reducing the use of single use coffee cups on campus.

Waste
reuse
landfill
zero waste
Improve Safe Biking

Work with OoS and BikeAthens to improve safe biking and bike lanes on campus

Transportation
bike
complete streets
Community
grounds
Promote biking/walking

Investigate/imagine and develop ways to promote biking and walking on campus and in the community.

Transportation
bike
Public Health
walking
Switch to Compostable Carryout Containers

Switch all carryout containers to compostable ones at cafes/restaurants on campus

Waste
recycling
landfill
compost
food waste
Jackson Street Building as a Model

Develop new educational tools that would use the Jackson Str. building as example of a sustainability focused building.

Water
water conservation
stormwater
Waste
recycling
reuse
Built Environment
grounds
Green Roofs and Rooftop Gardens

Support and develop green roofs and rooftop gardens and develop education about their benefits.

Built Environment
green building
Beautification
Encourage local and sustainable food

Encourage the use of local and sustainable food in dining halls and other food vendors and cafes around campus.  Create educational materials to show the benefits.

Food
food security
food waste
dining halls
Public Health
UGA Environmental History

Explore ways to record and present UGA environmental history.

Built Environment
Community
urban ecology
UGA Campus Kitchen Community Picnics

Building on top of the great work that the UGA Campus Kitchen program is doing, host regular community picnics throughout the year to help build a stronger community awareness of food insecurity.

food security
food waste
dining halls
Public Health