The New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) at Rochester Institute of Technology has announced the awardees of its fourth annual NYSP2I Research and Development Student Competition, which will provide students across the state the opportunity to green their campuses or their local communities.
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 propose innovative solutions to reduce its impact. Schools are competing under the theme “Greenovate NYS” by undergraduate or graduate level.
“We’re especially excited that this year’s judging will take place for the first time at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), where we are looking forward to seeing how students develop proactive approaches to environmental challenges designed to benefit their campuses and communities,” said Anahita Williamson, director of NYSP2I. “Seeing how budding engineers of the future tackle difficult problems of today is always an exciting experience.”
In all, 12 student teams from eight schools—RIT, the State University of New York College at Brockport, Clarkson University, RPI, Siena College, Syracuse University, St. Lawrence University, and the University at Buffalo (UB)—will address the following issues for the R&D Student Competition:
Teams will receive up to $1,000 for project materials and will compete at a culminating event where students will exhibit their projects and give an oral presentation to a panel of judges. Winners will be announced at the exhibition awards luncheon and will receive cash prizes.
The Earth Day Student Competition at the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies (CBIS) on RPI’s campus will take place on Earth Day, April 22, and is open to the public. This event will also feature NYSP2I’s K-12 Student Poster Competition, split into three age groups: K-4th grade, 5th-8th grade and 9th-12th grade. Submissions are welcome from all New York State public, private and home schools.
For R&D Student Competition information, go to www.nysp2i.rit.edu/rd-student-competition, email email@example.com or call 585-475-2512. For more information about the K-12 Student Poster Competition, go to www.nysp2i.rit.edu/k-12-student-poster-competition, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 585-475-2512.
The New York State Pollution Prevention Institute is a partnership between the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Rochester Institute of Technology and its Golisano Institute for Sustainability, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, University at Buffalo and Clarkson University, with a statewide reach. NYSP2I’s goal 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 reusing materials rather than putting them into the waste stream.