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Saving energy on campus is rewarded
15 December 2011

At left, Delett Siegfried (Standing Rock) a student in the United Tribes Nutrition and Foodservice program, earned a cash award for her outstanding participation in the college’s Family Home Revitalization Project, presented by Jamie White Mountain of the UTTC Housing Department. United Tribes News photo DENNIS J. NEUMANN

BISMARCK (UTN) - A single mother of three, studying nutrition and foodservice at United Tribes, has been recognized for her efforts in saving energy at her home on the college campus in Bismarck.

      Delett Siegfried, from the Standing Rock Tribe, became involved in the college’s 2011 Family Home Revitalization Project. She did so well the college recognized her with an award December 13 for outstanding participation.

      The Tiwahe Tipi Okolakiciye Project was initiated in August by the Campus Green Committee, a group of staff members tasked with addressing campus energy conservation. One of their initiatives involved a pilot project with some of the tenants in the college’s 80 family student housing units that serve the college’s long-standing commitment to provide on-campus housing for students with families.

      “The idea was to make this a learning opportunity for students and staff,” said Jamie White Mountain, of the UTTC Housing Department and a member of the Campus Green Committee. “It involved education and training, demonstrations, installation of new equipment, and the adoption of personal conservation practices.”

      To her credit, Delett jumped on the idea of modifying her campus home for better energy sustainability. She attended meetings and participated in the in-home trainings. She chose to have an energy saving refrigerator and stove installed. She had all her light bulbs converted to the new-style, energy-saving florescent variety. In the bathroom, the toilet was switched-over to an energy efficient unit that uses less water. She sealed all her windows with plastic to block cold infiltration and save on heat. And, she and her sons Robert (5), Adin (4) and Christopher (3) worked hard on limiting their electricity use by things like turning-off lights when not needed and unplugging appliances.

      “Delett did a terrific job,” said White Mountain. “She attended all trainings and participated with the in-home training, in which we showed her how to put plastic on the windows.”

      In addition to having a warmer home, Delett’s reward was a certificate of congratulations, a $300 check, some new winter clothing for herself and her boys, the everlasting knowledge of some ways to save energy, and the satisfaction of having accomplished a significant task in sustaining one’s family.

      The Tiwahe Tipi Okolakiciye Project was funded with a grant for campus energy sustainability from United Negro College Fund.

      What comes next in campus sustainability for United Tribes?

      The continuing challenge is to find ways to conserve energy and improve sustainability in the 100-year-old brick buildings on campus that were once a military fort. A tall order, but not as tall now that the Green Committee is on the case and there are students around like Dellet Siegfried.

       Here’s how to connect with the Green Committee and present your ideas: 701-255-3285 x 1500, greencommittee@uttc.edu. Meetings are scheduled each Tuesday from 8:30-9:30 a.m.


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