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M.Arch Student Team Wins EPA Grant

Posted: March 17, 2014

M.Arch Student Team Wins EPA Grant

A student team led by GIS Assistant Professor Dr. Gabrielle Gaustad has won a $15,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2013 EPA’s People, Prosperity and the Planet phase I grant program. The grant will fund a feasibility study titled “Implementing Practical Pico-hydropower,” which will examine implementing a micro-hydropower system contained entirely within GIS’s new Sustainability Institute Hall building.

Dr. Gaustad’s team includes Matt Burke, Bridget Carney, J.D. Harper, Kate Krueger, Sergey Selyuzhitskiy, and Adam Stoker, all graduate candidates in RIT’s architecture program.

Their objective is to test a micro-hydropower unit in the lab, use data from the tests to determine an efficient implementation design, and quantify the economic and environmental impacts. The team will also propose a second phase to integrate the unit into the building’s current rainwater collection and storage infrastructure.

In April, the team will travel to Washington, D.C. to share their research at the National Sustainable Design Expo.