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New York State Pollution Prevention Institute

2012-2013 R&D Student Competition

Fifteen student teams competed in the 2nd Annual NYSP2I R&D Student Competition “G2C - Go Green on Campus”.

Participating schools included: Clarkson, CUNY-College of Staten Island, The New School, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Rochester Institute of Technology, Siena College, Skidmore College, SUNY – University at Buffalo, and Syracuse University.

The competition concluded with an exhibition held at the Legislative Office Building in Albany, NY on April 24, 2013, where the teams exhibited their projects and presented to a panel of judges. Winning teams were awarded a trophy and cash prize (1st place $1500, 2nd place $750, 3rd place $250).

Winners

Earning the top three graduate-level positions

College of Staten Island - CUNY
Degradation of Dyes Used in Undergraduate Instructional Laboratories
Degradation of Dyes Used in Undergraduate Instructional Laboratories
College of Staten Island - CUNY
Summary

Undergraduate biology and biochemistry laboratory courses generate significant levels of organic effluent, including dyes that are non-hazardous wastes yet difficult to degrade in sanitary sewer systems. Our objective is to decompose of these wastes by using sunlight and a novel TiO2nanocomposite catalytic material, developed in our laboratory, before they are disposed of.

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Advisor
Dr. Alan Lyons and Dr. QjanFeng Xu
Team
CUNY-CSI
Yuanyuan Zhao, Yang Lui, Bibi Ghafari, Rania Skaf
Syracuse University
Harvesting Rainwater off the Carrier Dome Roof
Harvesting Rainwater off the Carrier Dome Roof
Syracuse University
Summary

The challenge of both storm water capture and potential reuse has been the focus of various studies and numerous projects and has been published in trade and commercial literature. This project investigates the potential to harvest rainwater from a building’s roof to control water runoff and to prevent sewer systems from being overloaded, then use this collected rainwater to supply water the adjoining field hockey turf field, reducing the amount of municipal potable water used.

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Advisor
Suresh Santanam
Team
Orange Goes Green
Meghan Reilly, John Hilla, Charles Walck
The New School
Inclusive Strategies for Reducing Urban Municipal Waste
Inclusive Strategies for Reducing Urban Municipal Waste
The New School
Summary

This project aims to decrease salvageable waste in the waste stream without adding new waste management infrastructure or the need for additional labor or transportation. The project evaluates the potential for increasing informal recycling on the campus in lower Manhattan, by conducting a pilot waste composition profile to determine the amount of salvageable material in the university waste stream by building type and the potential cash value of this salvageable material.

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Advisor
Konstantine Rountos
Team
New School Informal Recycling Team
Ryan Ahern, Sarah Frazier, Devashree Saha, Laura Merli

Representing the top three undergraduate winners

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Kill the Incandescent
Kill the Incandescent
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Summary

This project addresses the significant energy consumption attributed to lighting the college on campus, specifically, finding new light-bulb technologies that can be implemented in efficient methods around campus that will have an impact on energy consumption. The objective is to replace incandescent and fluorescent bulbs initially within 5 core campus buildings to demonstrate feasibility of the investment and track the resultant energy savings. This project can be scaled to the rest of campus if significant impact on energy consumption is evident.

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Advisor
Michelle Simkulet
Team
LEDesign
Alex Dumitrescu, Joel Trombley
Clarkson University
Low Flow Sink Aerators
Low Flow Sink Aerators
Clarkson University
Summary

The goal of this project is to replace sink aerators in our University’s dorms and academic buildings around campus. Aerators control the flow of water that is coming out of a faucet on a sink. With the implementation of our project, the amount of water going down the drain will decrease by 60%. Changing the aerators is an inexpensive way to reduce wasted water throughout campus with little to no noticeable effect to the person using the sink.

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Advisor
Dr. Susan Powers
Team
Clarkson Synergy
Kyle Chapman, Tim Boucher, Sean Reisch, Taylor Friant
Rochester Institute of Technology
Fast Doesn’t Need to Last: Converting to Biodegradable and Renewable Resource-based Packaging in Food Services
Fast Doesn’t Need to Last: Converting to Biodegradable and Renewable Resource-based Packaging in Food Services
Rochester Institute of Technology
Summary

As the primary means of municipal solid waste disposal, landfills are huge contributors to pollution; with landfill space depleting quickly, it is important to divert as much waste as possible through innovative solutions to waste management. This project investigates the feasibility of replacing petroleum-based plastic food service ware with biodegradable or bio-based options. This would allow service ware and food waste to be managed together through composting or digestion.

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Advisor
Gretchen Wainwright, PE
Team
RIT-ESHS
Anthony Buchanan, Jon Diaz, Shelby Jacobsen

Other Participants

Clarkson University Graduate Team
Inconvenient Consumption
Rochester Institute of Technology Graduate Team
A Carbon-Cap-and-Trade Market for Commuters at RIT
Rochester Institute of Technology Graduate Team
Making Industrial Design a carbon neutral department, a case study
University at Buffalo Graduate Team
Analyzing Photovoltaic Data for Applicability to Universities in New York State
Clarkson University Undergraduate Team
Small Wind Energy Analysis; High Altitude Measurements
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Undergraduate Team
Microbial fuel cell technology as sustainable alternative for treatment of food waste on Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute campus
Siena College Undergraduate Team
Green Infrastructure Project to Mitigate Stormwater on the Siena College Campus
Skidmore College Undergraduate Team
Residential Composing Education and Process
University at Buffalo Undergraduate Team
Comparison of Environmental Impacts of Paper towels and High-Velocity Hand Dryers in an Institutional Setting

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NYSP2I would like to extend a special thank-you to the 2012-2013 competition sponsors

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