This summer, GreenLight Solutions had the pleasure of guiding students from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) through a GreenLight Bootcamp where they helped a brand new corporation, Alarivean. Alarivean shared some new technologies with these students, such as nanobubble oxidization and vessel mounted delivery systems. These technologies introduce concepts and practices of sustainability to local and foreign bodies of water. Alarivean recognized that the bodies of water in Saudi Arabia have been immensely harmed by human caused stressors. The new technology provided relief to the waters in order to continue their cycle of self-repair and environmental well-being. KAUST aims to have its students leave their mark on the world through research and experience and this group was able to do just that by essentially “speed-running” a typical GreenLight Solutions project. They went through all of the steps and outlines that every solutioneer works through but in a much shorter time frame. This included filling out a VMOSTT and creating a work plan. This time around there were three student projects each with different focus.
Team one consisted of interdisciplinary students who focused on technical business development. They aimed to provide a solid framework of recommendations for where in the Persian Gulf Alarivean should deploy their vessels. The geographical analysis team made it their goal to research 3 different geographic areas, pinpoint 3 locations, and then identify 2 significant points of contact for each location. In order to accomplish this, the students had to take into account various factors about each location and general area. Including economic, social, and ecological risks. They also had to consider government support, the aquaculture of the local area, and more when choosing the location. The team successfully created a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) analysis document to provide Alarivean with all the information they promised and more in order to help them establish their final location for vessel deployment. To learn more about team one’s project take a look at their Project Portfolio.
Team two was made up of mechanical and electrical engineering students whose goal was to design an operational model. The operational model the team chose was a boat tasked with distributing nanobubbles at different depths. The team's goal was to purify the body of water it would be stationed in all while having the least negative impact on the surrounding waters’ health. The team aimed to provide a prototype layout sketch of the boat design including 60% of the intended boat equipment (solar panels and additional machines). As well as to provide a small framework of suggestions listing 2 pros and 2 cons for both energy and hydraulic systems. Not only was the team able to meet their goals but they exceeded them by including 100% of the boat’s equipment in the final layout and creating a full list of 2+ pros and cons of each system. Additionally, the team tackled other recommendations for the optimization of the Alarivean boats and helped to maximize the nanobubble operations. Check out the team’s Project Portfolio here!
Bromine Sensor Evaluation
The third team was composed of a group of students majoring in physics, biology, and mathematics. The students made it their goal to help develop a model that could detect dangerously high levels of algae in a body of water and then automatically distribute the correct amount of nanobubbles needed to reverse the problem. In order to accomplish this goal, the team needed to delve into current instruments being used to accomplish similar tasks such as bromine sensors and nanobubble dispersion processes. They then needed to put all of their findings into a recommendations report including the summarized costs for the optimization of bromine sensor technology that Alarivean could adopt. This group’s key progress indicator goals were to utilize the evaluation of equipment included in the NOAA results to identify and summarize 2 current instruments used to optimize the performance of nanobubble technologies. Ultimately, the team was able to accomplish these goals by providing specific and accurate information on existing tools used to measure bromine levels in water. While simultaneously creating a concise recommendation and conclusion for Alarivean to utilize. The full scope of the team’s work is found in their project portfolio!
By the end of the bootcamp, the KAUST students were able to accomplish some very impressive work by using their ever-growing knowledge and experience. As well as wisely utilizing the resources provided to them by Alarivean. The teams were able to excel in this project due to suggestions made by Michael Corridan who co-founded Alarivean, advice from Kait Decker with ASU Global Launch, and feedback/guidance from GreenLight Solutions bootcamp facilitators.
Written By: Yasmin Calderon Feliciano
Yasmin Calderon Feliciano is a second-year student currently at Mesa Community College with plans to transfer to ASU to complete her BA in Sustainability. She has been with Greenlight Solutions as a solutioneer since Spring 2022 and hopes to continue working closely with them in the future.
Our team is very excited to share our 2021 Annual Impact Report. We welcome you to share this report with our community.
GreenLight Solutions is actively developing our new programs to bring our mission and vision to life, making the future of sustainability in business an exciting one -- for the GreenLight team and for all.
I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again -- a movement of people with shared, fiery passion is a force to be reckoned with. I challenge you to bring your unique strengths to propel our mission forward. By contributing to the GreenLight Solutions mission, you are showing up to realize your full potential in making the world a better place -- you are showing up for future generations, our global community, your loved ones, and yourself.
Get involved, think outside the box, lead the way;
and we will do great things together.
-Ashley Weisman, Executive Director
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You may have sipped on a delicious New Belgium beer, but did you know that inspiring social and environmental change is just one of their core values? They are the first certified carbon neutral beer in the United States and are committed to making all their beers carbon neutral by 2030!
GreenLight Solutions was asked by New Belgium to lead the zero waste efforts at this year’s Tour de Fat in Tempe. We brought on a “Green Team” of 11 volunteers and ensured they were all educated and comfortable with recycling best practices for large events. Our dynamic “Green Team” lead the zero waste efforts by ‘Bin guarding’ or directing & educating attendees on recycling etiquette; transporting and exchanging full bins; Sorting the recycling bins to ensure all possible materials are being recycled; and picking up any litter left behind by attendees.
Sustainability by the Numbers:
4,500+ Cyclists and Guests.
320lbs. of recyclable material diverted from the landfill.
1,200lbs. of waste.
New Belgium: New Belgium is a popular brewing company founded over 30 years ago. Through their mission and core values, they are committed to proving that “business can be a force for good”. As a certified B Corp, they use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems, bringing benefit to coworkers, beer drinkers, suppliers, community, and the planet.
In the spring of 2022, we had the opportunity to work with Jyl Steinback, the founder of Shape Up Us. Shape Up Us is a nonprofit organization working to empower children and families to lead healthier lives through awareness, education, and action-oriented programs. Our partnership with Shape Up Us challenged our project group with creating a new booklet containing ideas to make any event more sustainable. While the booklet presented Jyl the opportunity to guide her organization’s events. It also, if distributed to the public, would serve as a general resource for anyone planning events and therefore encourage sustainable events across the nation. Therefore, it became our challenge to gather information on how to make any event more sustainable- whether it was a small event such as family reunion or birthday party, or large event such as wedding or sporting event.
ASU Students Interview Local Utilities and Municipalities to Learn About Sustainability Opportunities For Homeowners
The team’s mission was to expand access and understanding of the local utility sustainability resource landscape to homeowners and real estate investors via publicly accessible media. To meet the challenge of creating outreach for resources, the team was tasked with interviewing utility companies and local municipalities in the Phoenix Valley. After the interviews were completed the videos were posted on YouTube to create accessibility for those in the real estate space and homeowners alike.
Students Run an Extremely Successful Waste Diversion Campaign At Two of Green Living Magazines Largest Events of the Year
Our project team’s biggest objective for the earth week events was to divert as much waste as possible from the landfills. From there we set our goal to achieve 60% of total waste accumulated at the event to be diverted from the landfill. We started out by researching best practices for waste diversion, as well as researching local organizations and facilities that could help with recycling and composting. The next step was determining waste hauler needs and planning accordingly. For the Future of Sustainability event on April 22nd, our Green Living Magazine project team ended up diverting 85% of the event’s total waste from being placed into the landfill, which greatly exceeded our team’s expectations. This included 12.4 lbs of recycling, 21.4 lbs of compost, and 67.4lbs of excess food donated to a local group. The total waste diversion from the Earth Day Extravaganza event on April 23rd also ended up exceeding our team’s original 60% goal, with 77% of the event waste diverted from the landfill. With 74% of the diverted waste being composted food, and 26% being recycling.
SPS+ Architects is a full-service architecture firm based in Arizona that innovatively works towards creating purposeful, inclusive, and adaptable design solutions for its clients. The company’s forward-thinking approach to collaborating with its clients develops lasting relationships that ultimately bring Arizona communities together. SPS+ Architects values social responsibility and environmental consciousness, such as providing LEED and solar services, in addition to creating a Green Initiative Policy.
Dynamic.RE became a GreenLight Solutions Project Partner in the spring of 2021 in hopes of bringing sustainable practices into their business for the first time. Dynamic RE is a successful real estate investing company. They leverage technology and expertise to help clients identify a property’s highest and best use through various investment strategies.