Random ideas for projects:
What would it take to take ITP off the electrical grid? Tisch? NYU? For example, could we afford to get a fuel cell micropower plant a la Conde nast and tie it in to our main breaker panel(s)? Could we co-generate? Could the whole Tisch building do likewise? Could we get grants to fund this? What info are we lacking to make this happen?
Note: NYU already does co-generate. There's a plant in the basement of Warren Weaver Hall, but it's either Diesel or oil-fired. What would it take to replace it with solar power? Is that feasible?
How much power can our little roof solar cell actually generate over the course of a semester? A year? Is our roof a viable solar plant?
How much energy does ITP use in the course of a semester? Tisch? NYU? Though we can't get the figures for our own floor easily, the data for all of NYU is available, and included in the Greening the Urban Campus report by students from the Gallatin school at NYU.
How much, if any, of New York's rainfall is captured for domestic use and drinking? How much is available? What would it take to capture a significant amount? Could a trial be done using Tisch NYU?
Is any form of artificial wetlands for reclaiming/purifying greywater feasible at NYU? If so, how?
freeshare a place to share and recycle materials for the arts. wood, plastic, plexi, metal are all made available to artists. we all know how many materials are wasted at the end of the semester.
i've also seen tons of materials being tossed, shredded, or dumped while working in event production, film sets, and theater strikes. if these productions had a place to bring all their materials at the end of their production, artists could then re-use/recycle materials.
a place called materials for the arts already exists, but it is only available to not-for-profit organizations, and not individual artists like you or me.
challenges: what space is there to store these materials ?
There is a community called freecycle, which works pretty well for exchanging goods.
Build It Green New York takes salvaged materials and resells them super cheap.
How much power can be generated by turning a crank or a bicycle wheel?? Can wind outside our windows on the 4th floor be used to recharge batteries? What about creating a library of clean power sources which could be utilized for projects by students on the ITP floor.
Recipies for the ITP Material Ecology?. 'One person's trash is another's treasure'. If we look at the 4th floor like a micro ecology, then what are the 'abundant' resources that this ecology creates? Can say 'coffee cups' be treated like a resource for our production, the same way that wood, metal, plastic is for the furniture industry? What other 'resources' can be applied and repurposed transforming the view of trash to food? A recipie book of useful applications of resources abundent (obvious and not so obvious) can perhaps inspire the desire to repurpose and reuse items previously unwanted.