The New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) has announced the winners of its third-annual R&D student competition and inaugural K-12 student poster contest.
Open to colleges and universities throughout the state, the student competition recognized both graduate- and undergraduate-level sustainability projects.
Teams from Syracuse University, Cornell University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) earned top honors at the graduate level, while two teams from Clarkson University and one from the State University of New York at Buffalo (UB) finished in the top three schools among undergraduates.
Earning the top three graduate-level positions:
Representing the top three undergraduate winners:
The K-12 student poster competition winners included:
“We were very impressed by the innovative ideas from both the graduate- and undergraduate-level teams. Students were greatly inspiring in identifying sustainable solutions for their respective schools and communities,” said Anahita Williamson, director of NYSP2I. “In addition, our first-ever K-12 student poster competition brought together many creative ideas for the different visions for sustainability from grade-school students in New York.”
As part of its Research and Development Program, NYSP2I challenged teams of full-time students enrolled at any institute of higher education in New York State to identify a specific activity at their university or in their community with a large environmental footprint. Teams were then required to design innovative solutions to reduce its impact. Teams competed under the theme “Greenovate NYS” by undergraduate or graduate level.
In all, 11 student teams from eight schools—Clarkson, Cornell, RIT, RPI, Syracuse, St. Lawrence, SUNY College at Cobleskill and UB—displayed their projects and competed for prizes at the competition held at the Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS) at RIT on Earth Day, April 22.
The teams received up to $1,000 for project materials when their project proposals were accepted to the student competition last fall. Student teams exhibited their projects and gave oral presentations to a panel of judges at GIS. The event was open to the public. The prize money was made possible through donations by sponsors, including General Electric Global Research Center, Staples, Xerox, New Pig, Noco Energy, Finch paper, and Rochester Midland Corp. Additional funding for the competition was provided by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).
The New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) is a partnership between the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), University at Buffalo, and Clarkson University, with a statewide reach. The goal of NYSP2I is to make the state more sustainable for workers, the public, the environment and the economy through pollution prevention. Pollution prevention is reducing or eliminating waste at the source by modifying production processes, promoting the use of non-toxic or less-toxic substances, implementing conservation techniques, and re-using materials rather than putting them into the waste stream.
Go to http://www.nysp2i.rit.edu to learn more about NYSP2I.