Sustainability

Professor Lindsay Soh works in her lab with Christopher Verni ’15.

April 9, 2014

Fueling the Future: Prof. Lindsay Soh Explores Sustainable Biodiesel

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The ready availability of fuel is a double-edged sword, says Lindsay Soh, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering. It has enabled development around the world, but the way fuels are harvested and the rate at which they are consumed are unsustainable. In collaboration with colleagues at Yale and University of Pittsburgh, Soh is searching for [...]

Hassaan Khan '13, Hannah Griesbach '13, and Leikune Aragaw '15 collect water samples and computer data at Sullivan Park to evaluate back in the engineering lab.

March 18, 2014

Wetlands Project Receives Pennsylvania’s Top Conservation Award

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Sullivan Park in Easton was named Pennsylvania’s 2014 Green Park of the Year thanks in part to Lafayette civil engineering students who installed a wetlands habitat there by first mitigating a serious water runoff problem and then planting native vegetation. Although the City of Easton is the official recipient of the state’s top conservation award, [...]

EEGLP in Honduras

March 3, 2014

Can Garbage Solve Energy Issues?

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What does a community in a developing country do with high volumes of trash and nowhere to put it? Possibly use it as an alternative fuel source. Over the winter break, a student-faculty team traveled to Roatan Island, Honduras, to explore the feasibility of waste-to-energy power plants as an alternative to imported diesel fuel. The [...]

Michael Hezel '14, l-r, Professor Anne Raich, Jason Sheng ’15, and Eduardo Rodriguez '14 with the scissor-element truss-arch

March 3, 2014

Prof. Anne Raich Seeks to Minimize Damage Caused by Natural Disasters

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How can a building have a fighting chance against a natural disaster? Anne Raich is seeking ways that active control systems can minimize the structural damage caused by these events. That includes finding more efficient methods of assessing damage post-disaster so that emergency response teams can act quickly to stabilize the structures. “The challenge presented after [...]

Prisca Ratsimbazafy '17 presents her team’s project on soil quality of local organic vs. industrial farming.

January 24, 2014

Engineers and Scientists, Unite!

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Great minds think alike—but when they think differently, they can approach problems with a new level of understanding and insight. That’s the idea behind a project in which students from different disciplines and courses work in teams to research and report on an environmental topic of current and/or local concern. Anthropology and sociology major Sidney [...]

Emily Crossette ’15

January 2, 2014

Emily Crossette ’15 Receives EPA Fellowship for Wastewater Research

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By Sean Grim ’14 Civil engineering major Emily Crossette ’15 (Glennfield, Pa.) is contributing to the cleanup of the local ecosystem by helping to develop an improved metric for quantifying compounds that may cause mutations in fish. Crossette has received a $50,000 Environmental Protection Agency fellowship to fund continued work on wastewater testing that she has conducted with Art Kney, [...]

Laurie Caslake, associate professor of biology, Lindsay Marko ’14, and Nancy Waters, associate professor of biology, exam a culture they collected from the Delaware River and Oughoughton Creek.

December 27, 2013

Nalven Summer Fellowship Provides Hands-on Learning Experiences

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This summer through a distinctive biology fellowship, Lindsay Marko ’14 was able to roll up her sleeves and get her hands dirty, literally, while working on a project that could help alleviate local water pollution. Marko and fellow biology majors Briette Karanifilian ’14 and Rebecca LaRosa ’15 were this year’s recipients of David M. Nalven [...]

The students relax with some of the villagers.

October 30, 2013

Students and Faculty Work with Honduran Villagers to Minimize Effects of Flooding

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By Michele Tallarita ’12 This summer, an interdisciplinary team of students and faculty worked with residents of Lomitas, Honduras, to help improve stormwater drainage in the village, which experiences regular flooding. The project is part of Lafayette’s Economic Empowerment and Global Learning Project (EEGLP), with funding from the National Science Foundation International Research Experience for [...]

Peter Todaro '16 and Julia Kripas '15 harvest and clean vegetables at LaFarm.

October 30, 2013

Closing the Food Loop: LaFarm Contributes to Student Learning and Campus Sustainability

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On a Wednesday afternoon early in the fall semester, students from LaFarm delivered 175 pounds of fresh potatoes to Lafayette Dining Services. Those organic potatoes, which had been grown at Metzgar Fields just two miles away and harvested that day, were cleaned, prepared, and served to students the next day. The peelings and scraps from [...]

Chris Kelly ’13, Hollis Miller ’15, and Professor Kira Lawrence in Van Wickle Hall

October 11, 2013

Prof. Kira Lawrence Receives National Science Foundation Grant for Climate Change Research

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Kira Lawrence, associate professor of geology, a $159,291 grant to expand her study of how a warm interval in the Earth’s past could be a predictor of the future of human-induced climate change. “The record of Earth’s climate system we have from human observations such as measurements by [...]