Earth Day and Energy Certificate Update 4/16/2014

April 16, 2014 in Events

Energy Hub Members,

Get ready for Earth Week/Day everyone! 

Monday, April 21st
Tuesday, April 22nd


Wednesday, April 23rd
Thursday, April 24th
Friday, April 25th
Saturday, April 26th
Sunday, April 27th
Monday, April 28th:
Jesse Hintz Skyping into the Ehub Meeting
We are having Jesse Hintz skype in on Monday the 21st for part of our meeting. He was a past chair of Energy Hub and got his degree in Electrical Engineering at UW-Madison. Right now he works in Tanzania as an engineer for Off-Grid:Electric, a company that installs solar panels in the developing world. more info about Off-Grid:Electric

Info Session/Meet-and-Greet/WEI Building Tour – FREE PIZZA

We are having a special meeting also on Monday the 28th. Scott Williams is talking about the Certificate in Engineering for Energy Sustainability and doing a tour of WEI.
You are invited to an info session/meet-and-greet for the Certificate in Engineering for Energy Sustainability! This event is open to undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing the certificate as well as students who are currently in the certificate program. It’s a chance for you to meet fellow students interested in energy and to ask questions about meeting the certificate’s requirements. Following the info session, you will have an opportunity to go on a guided tour of the new Wisconsin Energy Institute building  Free pizza will be provided!  


Monday, April 28, 2014

Time: 7:00 p.m. (followed by Energy Hub student group meeting at 8 p.m.)
Location: 1115 Wisconsin Energy Institute, 1552 University Ave.Agenda:
– Brief presentation on certificate’s requirements
– Open Q&A
– Chat with fellow students
– Guided tour of Wisconsin Energy InstituteRegistration is recommended, but not required. Registration link:

Aldo Leopold Center Tour- April 26th UPDATE

March 15, 2014 in Events

Energy Hub is going to be taking a tour of the Aldo Leopold Center- the highest rated LEED Certified building in the country. We encourage everyone to register, BUT only the first 30 students to register will be able to go on the tour, because of limited space. This trip is free and lunch will be included.

When is it?-April 26th

8:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

What time?-11:00 am-5:00pm

Where can I register?


For more information about the Aldo Leopold Center- Check out their website

Tribute from Jaime Sawle

February 24, 2014 in News, Past Events

Buenas Dias! I’m Jaime Sawle, a sophomore at UW-Madison studying Agricultural Business Management and Entrepreneurship.  Over winter break, I had the opportunity to spend 12 days in Costa Rica learning about the Tico culture as well as renewable energy through the GREEN (Global Renewable Energy Education Network) program.  Needless to say, the trip was a once in a lifetime experience, and I’m so happy I went on the trip.


The trip was based in Costa Rica because Costa Rica relies on almost 90% renewable resources to power their country.  Five types of renewable resources can be seen in Costa Rica – wind, water, geothermal, biomass, and solar.  All five of these resources are used in a commercial scale in Costa Rica and through the GREEN program, I had the opportunity to visit all five of these plants up close while in Costa Rica.  This opportunity is not usually available to people in the United States due to OSHA restrictions.  To give everyone background knowledge on the technology we would be seeing in the plants, we also had classes while in Costa Rica to learn more about what we would be seeing.  Our teacher, Frank, was an engineer in his previous career and was very knowledgeable about all the aspects of the renewable energy and the technology involved.  By being in Costa Rica, it was a conducive environment for learning more about the energy that powers the majority of the country and see it being used firsthand.  Furthermore, the additional information we learned about the Costa Rican, otherwise known as Tico, culture was very helpful and useful in understanding how renewable energy fits into the culture and what the culture values. 


One of the values that became very obvious to me about the Tico culture was the need to be eco-friendly and considerate of all the resources being used.  From farming to renewable energy, the Ticos see the value in everything and try to get the most value out of everything whether that means composting, feeding scraps to the pigs or building live fences.  Yes, in Costa Rica, they plant fast growing trees, which they use as fence posts instead of cutting down trees to make fence posts! Smart, right?


We visited a few locals to learn more about how they are sustainable in their own homes.  One couple who were originally from Norway put up a windmill that they use to power their home and a cabin.  By putting up the windmill, the couple does not have to pay the Costa Rican government for using energy because they provide their own energy.  Additionally, they don’t have to pay the government for water because they had put in their own water lines from a natural spring.  This water was clean because the water was being collected from a spring that was not being used for cattle.  In fact, almost 95 percent of the water in Costa Rica is safe to drink if cattle are not being run on the land. 


We also saw how J.P., the coordinator of GREEN, LLC, was sustainable on his own farm.  J.P. saw the value in feeding scrap food to the pigs and brewer’s grains from his brewery to the cows.  From there, the cows are milked for cheese and graze on pasture to keep a controlled pasture.  The pigs are bred and sold for money.  Some of the hogs are raised for sausage and bacon as well when they can no longer be successfully bred back.  The manure from the pigs is sprayed clean and drained into a hose that leads to a bag, which was created into a bio digester.  The bio digester does just as the name says.  The manure has bugs in it that begin to digest the manure in an anaerobic environment to produce methane, which JP uses to fuel his grill.  The left over liquid is then used to feed into a pond, which is used to grow plants that can be used to compost the pasture.   


Visiting J.P’s farm up-close opened my eyes to all the simple things people could do around their own homes to be more sustainable.  While I’m not an engineer, simple things such as collecting water off from roofs or planting a rain garden are simple ways to conserve water and even save money! 


Although learning about renewable energy in Costa Rica was an awesome experience, meeting people from all over the U.S. was an additionally awesome experience and may have been my favorite part of the trip.  By meeting people from all over the U.S., we were able to collaborate on ideas but also be critical with such different viewpoints.  We also had the opportunity to paint images in a school.  The images encouraged the conservation of water and promoted renewable energy.   We also put in a rainwater collection system for the school so that the school could be more eco friendly and conserve water as well as money in a safe and reliable way.


I learned so much on the trip, and I’m very thankful that I had the support of Energy Hub to sponsor me on the trip and allow me to represent them as well as UW-Madison.


More Conference VIdeos

January 17, 2014 in Events

Check out the newest video posted from our 2013 conference- The Secret Life of Energy: Trash. If you did not get the chance to attend, don’t worry- all of the presentations from the conference have been posted. If you did get the chance to go, check out the recap video and see if you can find yourself in it! Times for our Spring meetings will be posted shortly! Enjoy.


To find all of the videos: Click here

Conference Session Videos Posted

January 10, 2014 in Events

All of the sessions from the Conference have been posted. If you Look under Programs and Events and Scroll over the Conference page you can find all of the videos. Otherwise, you can CLICK HERE to get you there. A video that overviews the entire conference will be coming out shortly, so STAY POSTED. Enjoy!