WashU students think about how to take Tyson 100% solar

Feb 20, 2018

At Tyson we are always interested in thinking about ways to reduce the environmental impact of our operations. This semester Pete Jamerson, Tyson facilities manager, is helping students in the WashU Sustainability Exchange design a conceptual plan for Tyson to run on 100% solar energy power.

 Taking a tour of the Tyson power grid

Taking a tour of the Tyson power grid

Sustainability Exchange is a unique course bringing together students from across campus to work in interdisciplinary teams to tackle real-world challenges in energy, the environment, and sustainability. The Sam Fox School, College of Arts & Sciences, and School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University launched the Sustainability Exchange in 2015. The majority of the experiential course is dedicated to a team project and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Sustainability Phil Valko is serving as the faculty advisor for the Tyson solar team during spring 2018.

Pete has been sharing Tyson site, facilities, and utilities infrastructure maps with the team, helping them understand how electric power comes into our property and is then distributed across the landscape for use. His detailed knowledge of Tyson's operations is critical for the students to be able to create a realistic design that is functionally feasible.

 Sketching out the Tyson utilities infrastructure to understand key points for back up power

Sketching out the Tyson utilities infrastructure to understand key points for back up power

Tyson is currently recognized as a certified Green Power Partner by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Learn more about all of the sustainable operations at Tyson here.