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Clarkson Student Team Among Winners at Pollution Prevention Institute's Statewide Student Competition
A team of Clarkson University students, who are working to reduce water consumption across campus, received a second-place award at the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute’s (NYSP2I) second-annual R&D student competition.
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.
Members of Clarkson’s Sustainable SYNERGY club received funding through Clarkson’s Sustainability Fund and the NYSP2I to purchase low flow sink aerators to install in bathrooms and apartment kitchens across campus.
Through their initial installation of sink aerators in one academic and one residential building, they projected that for less than $800 in capital costs their project will save more than 1.23 million gallons of water annually and $12,000. The financial benefits are even greater, since they did not account for savings on wastewater discharge and water heating expenses.
The Clarkson team of undergraduate students was led by Sean Reisch '13, a chemical engineering major from North Kingstown, R.I., and included team members Kyle Chapman '15, mechanical engineering, Palmyra, N.Y.; Taylor Friant '15, aeronautical engineering, Manchester, N.H.; and Timothy Boucher '15, mechanical engineering, Goffstown, N.H.
They were among a total of 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 (UB), and Syracuse -- who displayed their projects and competed for prizes at the competition inside the Legislative Office Building in Albany in April.
“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,” said 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.”
The P2I students also had an opportunity to speak at length with New York State Assemblyman Dan Stec of Glens Falls, N.Y., a 1990 chemical engineering graduate of Clarkson, who is one of only a handful of engineers in the New York State Legislature. Stec described his first-term experiences to date and remarked how well his Clarkson education prepared him for public service at the local and state level. Students also went to the Capitol building’s fabled “second floor,” where New York’s governor and senior staff have office and meeting rooms.
Students also observed New York's two houses in session from the lobbies where legislators, their constituents and staffers, as well as State agency and Governor’s office personnel and lobbyists, congregate to discuss legislation in a more relaxed setting than member’s offices or public hearings. The students also engaged a lobbyist from the pharmaceutical industry in a discussion about the pros and cons of a specific legislative proposal that the industry was supporting.
Based on RIT’s campus, the 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.
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Photo caption: Three teams of Clarkson University students recently competed at the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute’s (NYSP2I) second-annual R&D student competition in Albany, N.Y. Left to right: Sean Reisch, Dan Barron, Dylan Broomfield, New York State Assemblyman Dan Stec, Prof. Susan E. Powers, Chuan Tang, Kaitlin Hayes, Samantha Brodsky, Tim Boucher, Kyle Chapman, and Taylor Friant.
[A photograph for media use is available at http://clarkson.edu/news/photos/nysp2i-2013.jpg.]