Bringing Renewable Energy to Camp Michigania: An Assessment and Educational Plan for Implementing Renewable Energy Strategies

Client Organization: 
Camp Michigania
Project Location : 
Boyne City, MI
Summary of Project Idea: 

Cam Michigania is a family camp for University of Michigan alumni and has been operating in Boyne City, Michigan since 1963.  In order to become more sustainable, Michigania wanted to assess the feasibility of installing renewable energy at camp.  It was important that there be a focus on creating educational materials and connecting campers to sustainability issues in order to have broader impacts both inside and outside Camp Michigania.  To achieve this goal the team was divided into two sections; educational and technical.  The educational team conducted a comprehensive survey, created an outreach program for campers and donors, produced a website to track the progress of the project, designed children and adult educational resource, and built educational displays.  The technical team obtained and analyzed energy use data, performed site analyses, solicited quotes and performed vendor reference visits, researched zoning ordinances, built energy and financial models, and identified the best renewable energy technology.  The results of these analyses led the team to focus on a roof-mounted solar photovoltaic system.  Solar vendors were then compared on price, technology, and level of experience.  The team recommends Sunventrix as the vendor and that a 19.76kW solar voltaic system be installed on the south-facing Dining Hall roofs.

SEAS Program Areas: 
Environmental Policy and Planning
Behavior, Education, and Communication
Sustainable Systems
SEAS Faculty Advisor: 
Greg Keiolian
Master Students Involved in Project: 
  • Tim Dobson, MS Sustainable Systems
  • Kellie Donajkowski, MS Behavior, Education and Communication
  • Andrew Heairet, MSE/MS Sustainable Systems
  • Betsy Reily, MPP/MS Behavior, Education and Communication
  • Caitlyn Sadler, MS Behavior, Education and Communication
  • Tirumalai Tejas, MSE/MS Sustainable Systems
  • Yuan Zhang, MS Environmental Policy and Planning/Sustainable Systems
Project Status: 
Past Project