Ongoing ACORN Projects

Extending Community Awareness of Individual Environmental Impact through Promotion of Reduce’s Carbon Footprint Smartphone Application

Project Team

Billy Henshaw, PhD Student, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, UW
Samyak Shah, CEO, Reduce App
Benjamin Smith, COO, Reduce App

Project Description

This project’s primary goal is to communicate information via social media and blog posts about the Reduce carbon footprint app and how individuals can live more sustainably through small lifestyle changes. In the coming months, the project will additionally incorporate data analysis and machine learning to promote sustainable consumer choices. 

Lake Forest Park Community Solar 

Project Team

  • Dakota Mascarenas, PhD Student, Civil and Environmental Engineering, UW
  • Lake Forest Park People for Climate Action: Dana Campbell, Mark Phillips, Anne Udaloy

Project Description

This project aims to investigate the feasibility of community shared solar in Lake Forest Park (LFP), Washington, in collaboration with LFP People for Climate Action. The project team will also produce resources to make the process of scoping community solar more accessible for other communities in Washington.  

Demand Response in Washington State

Project Description

The recently passed Clean Energy Transformation Act states that WA will have an electricity supply that is 100% free of greenhouse gas emissions by 2045. As part of achieving this goal, the WA State government is considering demand response programs, which encourage energy consumers to shift or reduce energy usage during periods of high demand. ACORN is currently scoping a potential project focused on best practices for implementing demand response in WA State–stay tuned for updates!

 

Ohio River Valley Institute

Project Team

  • Eric de Place, Research Fellow, Ohio River Valley Institute
  • Ted Boettner, Senior Researcher, Ohio River Valley Institute
  • Sean O’Leary, Senior Researcher, Ohio River Valley Institute
  • Logan Arnold, Masters Student, Quantitative Ecology and Resource Management, UW
  • Tyler Cox, PhD Student, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, UW
  • Greta Shum, PhD Student, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, UW

Project Description

This work aims to better quantify and capture the effect that shale-gas extraction (fracking) has had on communities within the Ohio River Valley. A particular focus will be placed on the effect shale gas has had on communities’ well-being, from an economic, social, and health perspective. Additionally, this project aims to compare and contrast the effect of the shale-gas industry with that of the renewable energy industry.

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