2009 Annual Report
1a.Objectives (from AD-416)
The objective of this collaboration is to collect and evaluate scientific data on the use of alternative energy technologies for systems that support the daily operations and mission of the U.S. National Arboretum through implementation of demonstration projects.
1b.Approach (from AD-416)
ARS U.S. National Arboretum (USNA) will collaborate with faculty and students of Alfred State College to evaluate opportunities for demonstration of alternative energy sources and energy economy at the USNA campus, and will collect data to aid the evaluation of demonstrated technologies. Projects will be identified and the institutions will collaborate to design and implement demonstration projects over the next five years at the USNA. These projects will produce data helpful to the evaluation of energy economy technologies. The projects will also provide opportunities for training and demonstrate how energy economy technologies are developing to serve the needs of landscape maintenance systems.
This agreement provides for installation of equipment that provides alternative energy sources for power used in the systems of the buildings and grounds of the U.S. National Arboretum and for public education in the area of sustainable technologies that provide alternative energy sources. The installation was the centerpiece for a week-long workshop on solar panel installation in a garden setting. Further possible projects have been discussed with members of Alfred State University including solar powered low energy-use lighting for the USNA National Capitol Columns and solar power for the roof of Arbor House at the United States National Arboretum. As funds become available, installation of systems can be accomplished along with workshops to involve participants in the process of adapting alternative energy technologies in a public garden setting.