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Sustainability 101 Educational Video

This project intends to inform individuals about the impact they have when making a purchasing decision as it relates to the environment and sustainability as a whole. This video provides an overview of sustainability in its simplest generic terms, so that the viewer has an understanding of the concept of sustainability and how purchasing decisions can impact the world around them.

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Alternate Fiber Paper Assessment

This project assessed the print quality and runability of alternative fiber papers and determined if there was a performance difference between alternative and tree fiber that would impact the environmental message. Testing results showed a measurable decrease in performance in some alternative fiber papers that would likely change consumer behavior and thus change the environmental preference message.

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Evaluating Greener Design Alternatives for Office Furniture at Affordable Price Points

This project identified office furniture product design choices that-lead to reduced environmental and social impacts while still meeting the price and feature needs of the “average” office furniture purchaser.

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Remanufacturing Toner Cartridges More Than Once

This project investigated and identified the success criteria that would facilitate and encourage the reuse of laser printer toner cartridges beyond a second life cycle. The intent is to facilitate the reuse of cores that have already experienced one to multiple life cycles.

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IAQ in the Office Environment: Prioritizing Products for Future Innovation

This project conducted a comprehensive literature review to establish a standard range of concentrations at which compounds are typically present in office environments. A total of 20 unique compounds were identified across the four geographic profiles.

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Life cycle environmental assessment of the office product "ecosystem"

This study expanded upon typical “per product” LCA approaches to analyze the entire office product ecosystem to prioritize future improvements. Key discoveries include how offices make changes in equipment and technology more often on a reactionary basis, or in conjunction with another endogenous (e.g., downsizing) or exogenous (e.g., HIPAA) event.

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Multi-stakeholder perspectives on sustainable office product design

This project analyzed the multi-disciplinary process by which sustainable products are formulated, implemented, and assessed. Research on sustainability outcomes and curricular mechanisms were combined to develop an integrated educational and research framework for designing green office products of the future.

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Chair 99

The project is a collaboration between GIS and CAIS to support the development of a class in industrial design. The class developed design concepts of inexpensive (less than $99 retail) yet sustainable home use office manager’s or task chairs. The underlining theme of the class is to design a low cost chair that will be returned at its end of life.

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Building Data Analysis of Selected Staples Buildings

The motivating research hypothesis of the proposed study is that analysis of energy consumption data from commercial buildings will identify opportunities for improving economic and environmental performance of the buildings and their occupants.

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Fuel Cell-Powered Material Handling Equipment

In large industrial facilities, there are a wide array of systems that could potentially be converted to fuel cells, including material handling equipment (MHE), stationary electricity generation with combined heat and power (CHP), and transport vehicles. This Phase 1 study focuses on the MHE application. The outcome of this project will provide guidance in future research phases covering fuel cell stationary power, vehicle transport and hydrogen production via electrolysis powered by wind/solar energy assets.

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Label Matrix Waste

A significant volume of labels are printed by Staples and the label industry per year generating hundreds of thousands of tons of waste material that is traditionally landfilled at a significant cost. This project will identify the financial and environmental impacts of label waste disposal as well as opportunities and barriers with alternative EOL practices. This project will use the Staples Print Solutions facility in Dallas TX as a case study.

Assessing the Firm-Level Implications of a Transition to a Circular Economy

What are the cost and benefit implications of introducing a circular system for the management of business-channel (B2B) durable office furniture that incorporates remanufacturing?

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Measuring Indoor Air Contaminants in the Office Environment (IAQ2)

The goal of this project is to validate the results of the literature review completed in the previously funded “IAQ in the Office Environment: Prioritizing Products for Future Innovation” project through monitoring air contaminants in real world offices.

The Staples Sustainable Innovation Lab at RIT

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