Lucas Acaba, Dan Bara, Carley Dykstra, and Ana Restrepo
Massachusetts’ suburban homes are energy inefficient which creates a high demand for energy from fossil fuel power plants. These plants emit carbon dioxide, resulting in rises in surface and ocean temperatures and ocean acidification . Our goal is to inform homeowners of energy efficient practices and systems that can be incorporated into their daily lives to decrease carbon dioxide emissions and provide an economic benefit.
Laura Auerbach, Jane Lockery, Victoria Lusk, Karina Naras, and Karen Noble
Thirty-four million tons of food are thrown away in the United States every year. Wasted food that could be feeding the millions of hungry people worldwide is instead harming the environment.
Katelyn Burke, Daniel Champlin, Austen Crawford, Anis Medjahed, and Nicholas Songer
Asian carp are an invasive species that are in the Mississippi River moving towards the Great Lakes. If Asian carp entered the Great Lakes region, the biodiversity of the ecosystem and the fishing industry would suffer significantly.
Alex Czurchra, Alisa da Silba, Claire Dickenson-Burke, Ngan Huynh, and Sarah Sanchez
The city of Worcester is undergoing a substantial problem with illegal dumping. This issue affects the whole community because it is detrimental to the environment, negatively impacts health, and is a financial burden to the city. These effects are caused by the expensive Pay-As-You-Throw (PAYT) garbage removal program and a lack of information/resources available to the public.
Cole Godzinski, Liana Nguyen, Alana Sher, and Tyler Wilson
Temperatures in cities are higher than surrounding areas. This is known as the urban heat island effect (UHI). UHI poses a threat to the environment, human health, and biodiversity. We looked at strategies to reduce the UHI effect for the city of Boston by looking at data from previous studies, conducting interviews, and performing cost analyses. These address economic, environmental, social and political aspects to find the optimal solution.
Poster Presentation, Judge's Winner (2015)
Romelle Jack, Macy Mello, Ben Nickerson, and Katherine Novak
The Summer’s End Group, LLC, has proposed the construction of a mega-yacht marina in Coral Bay, St. John, USVI. This development would severely alter the socioeconomic and environmental landscapes of the region.
Erik Langberg, Ryan McA'Nulty, Jason Morgan, Kellen Randall, and Zhihao Xie
There are underutilized natural and renewable energy resources in Alaska. Glaciers are like rechargeable batteries, fueled by the snow of past eons, they provide a virtually endless supply of running water via the hydrocycle. In addressing the methods that Alaskan communities generate power now, sustainable technologies should be implemented to lessen the impacts that fossil fuels have had on Alaska’s pristine environment.
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