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Located in Rochester, New York, Rocheter Steel Treating Works, Inc. (Rochester Steel) is a commercial heat treating company, established in 1932. Rochester Steel offers a range of heating services to client companies for product parts or tooling. Rochester Steel wanted to identify sustainable alternative methods to vapor degreasing that would eliminate the use of trichlorethylene.
Tyll Solar, LLC (Tyll) is a solar energy Research & Development Company focused on global potential for solar innovation and technology transfer. Tyll requested NYSP2I to test twelve of their prototype solar panels with and without coolant flow in order to quanitfy energy efficiency.
Sunny Clean Water, LLC is developing a low cost, high yield solar still system for personal drinking water purification. Based on research at the University of Buffalo, Sunny Clean Water’s system utilizes a specially designed dark nanofiber material to accelerate evaporation of water using the sun’s energy, producing filtered water. Sunny Clean Water wanted to conduct a comparative field test of their solar water purification system with another solar distillation system currently available on the market.
As a global company, Eastman Kodak Company (Kodak) provides hardware, software, consumables, and services to customers in graphic arts, commercial print, publishing, packaging, electronic displays, entertainment and commercial films, and consumer products markets. In 2017, Kodak published sustainability goals including diverting 99% of waste from landfill and incineration by 2025. NYSP2I assisted with developing a baseline of diversion pathways, conducting benchmarking, and creating a Sustainability Plan with a focus on waste reduction.
Located in Delanson, New York, WIT Advisers develops sustainable solutions for landscape and winter management. Their Sustainable Winter Management program (SWiM™), is an alternative to traditional snow removal methods. WIT Advisers needed assistance in quantifying the cost and environmental impacts of their SWiM™ program compared to traditional snow and ice management methods.
The New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) has a vision of fostering the transformation and development of sustainable businesses and organizations in New York State in a collaborative program committed to making the State a leader in environmental stewardship. NYSP2I implemented a pilot program that included sustainability assessments conducted at four schools across New York State in an effort to identify opportunities for improved waste generation, water consumption, and chemical exposure through better purchasing decisions.
Ener.co, founded in 2009, is a data driven, clean tech surface technology company that focuses on increasing air conditioning efficiencies. Ener.co wanted to evaluate heat exchanger efficiency before and after corrosive environmental exposure, with and without Enercoat® conductive coating and estimate the impact of corrosion fouling on rooftop condenser units.
Bard College, located in Annandale-On-Hudson, New York, is a liberal arts and science college with close to 2,000 undergraduate students at the main campus. Bard College has a compost site on campus, which currently accepts the food scraps collected from the main college dining hall. Bard College recognized that organics collection and compost site operations would benefit from improvements to avoid attracting pests and addressing the underutilization of the finished compost.
Outback Steakhouse is a restaurant chain with locations across the country including over 30 in New York State. Outback Steakhouse requested the assistance of NYSP2I to set up a pilot food waste diversion program at the Henrietta restaurant location, in Rochester, New York.
Throughout 2016 and 2017, the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute worked with companies across New York State to conduct several food waste assessments. These waste studies involved the tracking of food waste over a paeriod of time to dtermine the amount, sources and causes of waste generation. As part of this project, several businesses were assessed from the grocery sector. The three stores studied were located in the Rochester, Syracuse and Albany regions. Two of the stores are part of large chains in population-dense areas. The third store was a single, small, family-owned grocery store in a suburban area.
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