Winebrake, associate professor and chair of RIT's Science, Technology and Society/Public Policy Department in the College of Liberal Arts, recently won a $532,567 grant from the National Park Service to stimulate energy efficiency and renewable energy use at the 375 national parks across the country. He and public policy graduate student Erin Green will focus on three objectives:
“Our nation's parks are absolute gems,” Winebrake notes. “Yet, they contain old buildings and equipment that waste a lot of energy and, therefore, money. This work will uncover energy savings opportunities and help parks implement renewable energy projects that would otherwise be out of reach.”
In a related project, Winebrake, director of the University-National Park Energy Partnership Program, distributed $194,000 in the fall to seven universities to conduct energy audits at nearby national parks.