THE RENEWABLE ENERGY ASSOCIATION
SUSTAINABILITY AND AWARENESS
I’m convinced that we’ll solve the climate crisis, but the longer we take, the more grave the risks we're taking with humankind.Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore
What We Do
The Renewable Energy Association is a hub for student-driven projects. Currently, REA hosts four different projects, encompassing a wide array of topics and forms of engagement in renewable energy, from advocacy in solar energy at UCLA to hands-on experience in our biodiesel project.
Our goals are to produce biodiesel from dining oils, to analyze the waste stream, and to implement an on-site, aerobic biodigester. Members are provided with lab opportunities, conducting technical work related to purification and transesterification processes.
This project provides students with hands-on experience, aiming to research and implement innovative waste processing technologies for UCLA's campus. In the past, we've conducted waste audits of the campus in an effort to contribute to UCLA's Zero Waste Initiative.
The Solar Team is devoted to expanding the area of solar coverage at UCLA, through initiatives like solar umbrellas and phone chargers. We fight to promote awareness of alternative energy on campus through these programs and marketing events.
In an effort to spread understanding of renewable energy, our members build sustainability curriculum and volunteer at the UCLA Lab School and in undeserved communities at LA Family Housing. Additionally, REA participates in UCLA's annual Exploring Your Universe fair.
Our newest team as part of REA, the wind team will mainly center around the design and creation of a wind turbine. The turbine will first be presented in a competition hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy, ultimately implementing it in the future to support the UCLA campus.