The New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) at Rochester Institute of Technology has announced the winners of its second-annual R&D student competition. Open to colleges and universities throughout the state, the event recognized both graduate- and undergraduate-level sustainability projects.
Teams from The City University of New York College of Staten Island (CUNY-CSI), Syracuse University and The New School in New York City earned top honors at the graduate level, while Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Clarkson University and RIT finished in the top three schools among undergraduates.
Earning the top three graduate-level positions:
Representing the top three undergraduate winners:
“We were thoroughly impressed by the innovative ideas that both the graduate- and undergraduate-level teams identified to help make their campuses more environmentally friendly,” says Anahita Williamson, director of NYSP2I. “While we recognized six of the top teams, we thought all of the students did a tremendous job identifying opportunities and developing cost-effective and sustainable solutions for their respective campuses.”
As part of its ongoing Research and Development Program, NYSP2I’s Student Competition required teams of students to “Go Green on Campus” by identifying a specific activity at their college or university with a large environmental footprint and find a solution to make their campus more environmentally sustainable.
In all, 15 student teams from 10 schools—Clarkson, CUNY-CSI, The New School, RPI, RIT, Siena College, Skidmore College, SUNY College at Buffalo, University at Buffalo and Syracuse—displayed their projects and competed for prizes at the competition inside the Legislative Office Building in Albany on April 24.
In addition to the top three schools receiving trophies, each first-place team received $1,500 to share among team members; the second-place school received $750; and third place $250. The prize money was made possible through donations by sponsors, including Baldwin Richardson Foods Co., Counterparts Chemistry, General Electric Global Research Center, FMC, Rochester General Health System, Rochester Midland Corp., SI Group and Xerox Corp. Additional funding for the competition was provided by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
NYSP2I provides comprehensive and integrated programming in technology research, development, training and education aimed at promoting sustainability across New York state. Partners include Clarkson, RPI, UB, and New York’s 10 Regional Technology Development Centers. The institute is funded through the Environmental Protection Fund and managed by the state DEC.
NYSP2I promotes cost-effective, pollution-prevention techniques that aid businesses in reducing manufacturing costs, energy and water usage while and decreasing toxics and hazardous substances in overall waste streams—allowing companies to remain competitive in today’s challenging global economy.
Go to http://www.nysp2i.rit.edu to learn more about NYSP2I.