Sustainability

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

July 8, 2014

Prof. Lindsay Soh Receives NSF Grant for Biodiesel Research

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Lindsay Soh a three-year, $100,710 grant as part of a collaboration with Yale University and University of Pittsburgh. It will support her research on processing oils, such as those extracted from corn or algae, into biodiesel using compressed carbon dioxide as a solvent. Soh will use the NSF [...]

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

June 18, 2014

Serious Environmental Stewardship: Campus Community is Committed to Sustainability

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At Lafayette, green is the new maroon. The only school in the Lehigh Valley that signed the Presidents Climate Commitment – a 2008 initiative that saw 450 colleges and universities nationwide pledge to reduce campus greenhouse-gas emissions – Lafayette has set a high bar for environmental sustainability. “We’re committed to conserving natural resources, making good [...]

Christopher Kelly ’13

June 16, 2014

Christopher Kelly ’13 Receives NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

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Christopher Kelly ’13 is well on his way to becoming a paleoclimatologist. He has studied ancient algae preserved in deep sediment of the south Atlantic Ocean, analyzed a century’s worth of western tropical Pacific coral growth rates, and looked in the beachrock of the subtropical wave-dominated coast of eastern South Africa for evidence of sea [...]

Emily Crossette '15

May 21, 2014

Emily Crossette ’15 Receives Udall Scholarship for Environmental Research

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Civil engineering major Emily Crossette ’15 (Glenside, Pa.) has been awarded a Udall Scholarship recognizing her research on possible contaminants released by wastewater treatment plants. Presented to 50 students from 47 colleges and universities, the scholarship is given to recipients on the basis of commitment to careers in the environment, Native American healthcare, or tribal public policy; [...]

Sullivan Park

May 16, 2014

State Honors Sullivan Park Restoration Project

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The City of Easton received the 2014 Green Park of the Year award last week for the renovations of Sullivan Park. Under the guidance of David Brandes, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, Lafayette students installed a wetlands habitat at the park by mitigating a serious water runoff problem and planting native vegetation. The [...]

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 [...]