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Green rovers 12

Green Rovers 12

Developed Topics

Theme Days

Green Rovers (Patrollers)

Green Supply Chain

Local Composting Facility

Sustainable Living Community

Reduce Commuting


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IdeaTHEME DAYS

Description

Designated days twice a month that call attention to sustainable movements on campus. The themes can be generated by the Sustainability Center or can be sponsored by campus groups or local businesses. Examples: Blackout Day, Carry Your Trash Day, NV (Natural Ventilation) Day

Stakeholders

Every living thing

Impact

Environmental

Increase in awareness and initiative to take action

Cultural

Community feel, interaction among students and locals

Economic

Low impact, but if successful, would save money (electricity, waste, etc.)

Implementation

HowStudent involvement

WhoStudent-run organization or task force

CostLow

PaybackN/A


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IdeaGREEN ROVERS

Description

Work study program where groups of 2-3 students patrol the campus to exemplify sustainable behavior, turn off lights, turn down heat, close/open windows, and report overlooked maintenance issues. They could reward students with coupons from local merchants and provide a weekly status report about the Institute’s sustainability.

Stakeholders

Every living thing

Impact

Environmental

Less waste, increase in recycling, energy conservation

Cultural

Provide good examples of sustainable habits

Economic

Low impact, but if successful, would save money (electricity, waste, etc.)

Implementation

HowStudent involvement, Work Study

WhoStudent-run organization or task force

CostLow

PaybackMedium


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IdeaGREEN SUPPLY CHAIN

Description

Adopt a policy to consider the carbon footprint and environmental impact of each purchasing decision.

Stakeholders

Everything that breathes

Impact

Environmental

Less waste, energy conservation, choice of sustainable materials, the greening of support businesses

Cultural

Provide good examples of sustainable habits

Economic

Low financial investment, moderate time investment, large environmental payback

Implementation

HowRPI procurement department with student research and assistance

WhoAll responsible for purchasing descisions

CostLow

PaybackN/A


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Idea LOCAL COMPOSTING FACILITY

Description

The facility would collect all organic waste (landscaping, food preparation, regular garbage) from RPI and local communities to compost it at a local facility. Decomposed waste will be processed with an anerobic digester to create:

Solids to use as fertilizer by RPI or local farmers

Methane to run a motor/generator system with resulting electricity sold back to utility via net metering

Leachate that is biologically remediated before being released to the sewer.

Stakeholders

Entire campus

Sodexho

City of Troy

National Grid

Local Farms

Impact

Environmental

Eliminates organic waste currently going to landfills

Produces electricity for the grid made by renewable resource

Eliminates methane gas emissions from anaerobic decomposition

Cultural

Changes campus mindset regarding organic waste disposal.

Economic

Revenue from electricity and fertilizer

Eliminate cost of landfilling.

Implementation

HowFacility would be located on purchased land within a 5-mile radius of campus.

WhoFacility construction would be overseen by Campus Planning & Facilities Design, and its operation would be the responsibility of

Envriomentaland Site Services or a private company.

CostMedium

Payback Calculated revenue from electrical generation is $500-$1000 day. Estimated savings in not having to landfill is $50,000-$100,000


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Idea SUSTAINABLE LIVING COMMUNITY

Description

A neighborhood of small off-grid single family homes designed by interdisciplinary design studios (perhaps in conjunction with a Solar Decathlon studio) , built by students (perhaps a summer session activity for credit), built in walkable distance to campus, owned by staff and faculty, or by the institute for grad student or married student housing, utilizing and showcasing current RPI research efforts.

Stakeholders

Everything that breathes.

Impact

Environmental

Reduces energy use per capita in our community. Reduce staff-fac commute.

Cultural

Demonstrates the feasibility of low impact sustainable living especially in an urban setting. Improves Campus Edges and gateways. Establishes an interesting, attractive and engaging approach to campus.

Economic

Develop new housing in our community. Prototype homes could be produced and sold to owners in other neighborhoods and communities.

Implementation

Howresearch examples , develop a curriculum, establish courses, identify buyers/clients, locate land

WhoSchool of Architecture as lead, other schools interdisciplinary, CPFD, some outside contractors needed

Costsome research funding, faculty cost, building materials,

Payback client/owner pays for the house so some cost is recovered immediately. RPI has less expense for

mowing of open.


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Idea REDUCE COMMUTING IMPACTS

Description

Reduce the length of commute by staff and faculty

Reduce the need to commute by staff and faculty

Reduce the environmental and financial cost of commuting by staff and faculty

Stakeholders

Everything that breathes

Impact

Environmental

Conserves natural resources

Cultural

Less time spent commuting means more time spent on career and family and recreation.

Economic

Less money spent on commute means more money for investment in meaningful endeavor.

Less money spent on road repairs.

Implementation

Howincentives to purchase local homes, incentives to rent locally, promote local business development

and local schools to make neighborhoods more livable, incentives to carpool

WhoInstitute Administration HR, CPFD, Transportation

Costhousing incentives - $250,000 per year Promotional Materials and training – low cost,

Payback economic impacts described above, less parking lots to maintain on campus, building of local

Intellectual Community surrounding campus.


Conceptual ideas

Conceptual Ideas

Resource Usage Feedback

Visual displays that indicate energy use within the building

Sustainability Technology Showcasing

Fosters interdepartmental collaboration

Windmill / Windmill Farm

One large windmill on top of the hill – energy producing and visual reminder

Series of smaller windmill installations in overly windy areas (i.e., DCC wind tunnel)

Sustainable Community

Develop on-campus living community for student or faculty that encourages local and sustainable living

Reduce commuting footprint. Incentives for faculty/staff to live close to campus

Hudson River Water Turbines

Generating electric power from the river flow

Promote Human Power

Encourage walking and bicycling as alternative means of transportation

Sustainability Competitions

Participation in events such as Solar Decathlon and the EcoHall Challenge


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