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Potential Undergraduate Research Projects

Environmental Education Center Operations
  • Hold at least 10 office hours per week
  • Recruit volunteers to hold staffing hours in the EEC
  • Keep an updated catalog of all resource materials found in the EEC
  • Maintain the greening information on EcoLogic's Union bulletin board
  • Function as a resource person for students who are looking for information
  • Solicit new materials for the EEC
  • Write a book review for each enviRenss
  • Advertise the EEC on campus

Vegetarian URP

  • Distribute information about the vegetarian option throughout RPI.
  • Work with Marriot and EcoLogic to promote this option through the offering of more meatless food selections, table tents, posters, articles in the Marriot newsletters, such as Dining News, questionnaires and even contests.
  • Research and publicize the health and environmental benefits of eating a vegetarian diet through the means listed above.

Recycling Markets Research

  • Research recycling options for materials which RPI does not currently recycle (examples might be electronic equiptment, building materials, construction and demolition debris, white goods, hazardous materials)
  • Come up with appropriate methods for collection and transportation of these materials
  • Research possibilities for technical assistance and/or additional funding from various sources

Green Purchasing Research

  • Research environmentally friendly alternatives to products currently bought by RPI (could apply to any type of product - office products, building materials, chemicals, furniture, carpeting, etc.)
  • Develop a list of criteria which would assist the purchasing department in evaluating the sustainability of their product choices

Green Office Assessing

  • Find offices on campus that would be interested in having a green office assessment (a personalized assessment of their office practices from an environmental standpoint)
  • Visit the offices and talk to occupants about recycling, buying and energy use habits, etc.
  • Write reports of the findings
  • Discuss these with office occupants


  • Assess landscaping practices on campus through observation, interviews, etc.
  • Review prior projects and other materials to determine more appropriate landscaping techniques (e.g., use of perennials, native plants, less water-intensive plants)
  • Estimate savings in water use and labor time if these changes were implemented
  • Propose changes to the administration
Steve Davis daviss@rpi.edu
(Greening Coordinator)
Webmaster: devrid@rpi.edu

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