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New York State Pollution Prevention Institute

2014-2015 R&D Student Competition

Winners

Earning the top three graduate-level positions

The State University of New York at Buffalo
retrieving precious metal from waste effluent at Precious Plate Inc. in Niagara Falls, N.Y
retrieving precious metal from waste effluent at Precious Plate Inc. in Niagara Falls, N.Y
The State University of New York at Buffalo
Summary

This project focuses on replacement of the traditional chemical treatment process to remove metals by using microbe-based separation techniques where metal chelation is the main process to capture and recover metals.

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RPI
a manufacturing process of mycelium-bound biocomposite sandwich structures
a manufacturing process of mycelium-bound biocomposite sandwich structures
RPI
Summary

This project focuses on replacement of typical metal materials of construction with organic-based materials.

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Syracuse
computational fluid dynamics to efficiently reduce thermal stratification at small- and medium-scale industrial facilities
computational fluid dynamics to efficiently reduce thermal stratification at small- and medium-scale industrial facilities
Syracuse
Summary

This project uses computer modeling to suggest the best way to use ceiling fans to more effectively maintain consistent temperature profiles in rooms with high ceilings, typically found in commercial/industrial buildings with the ultimate goal to reduce energy use.

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Representing the top three undergraduate winners

State University of New York College at Brockport
Eagle Diesel Goal for Sustainability Project
Eagle Diesel Goal for Sustainability Project
State University of New York College at Brockport
Summary

The mission of Eagle Diesel is to provide quality, affordable, locally produced biodiesel for Brockport University. 

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Siena College 
Closing the Food Cycle
Closing the Food Cycle
Siena College 
Summary

This project is a pilot composting project of food waste from the Roots Café Student Local Food Initiative, and aims to launch a pilot food composting project with a goal to reduce food waste, as well as produce compost for the campus rain garden.

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St. Lawrence University
Restructure Meals on the Run
Restructure Meals on the Run
St. Lawrence University
Summary

This project will design and implement a reusable to-go container system to reduce the volume of plastics ending up in the waste stream from the University’s Dining Hall. 

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Other Participants

Rochester Institute of Technology
Turning the Red Barn Green: Alternative Heating Method for RIT Indoor Climbing Gym
Rochester Institute of Technology
Artificial Microbial Habitats
Rochester Institute of Technology
A Comprehensive Energy Audit of Campus Living Spaces
Rochester Institute of Technology
Developing a Sustainable Air Cooling Device
Siena College
Diverting the Flow to Grow
Clarkson University
Office Sustainability Certification

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NYSP2I would like to extend a special thank-you to the 2014-2015 competition sponsors

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