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Sustainability Planning: Developing a waste management strategy for a suburban nature preserve
Instructor: Kizzy Charles-Guzman
Waste reduction has become a critical issue in recent years as organizations and policymakers seek new strategies to lead in environmental sustainability while balancing cost, enforcement, and infrastructure constraints. This capstone will research the best solid waste management practices in municipalities and organizations both in the United States and in other countries to identify suitable cutting-edge practices that a small, not-for-profit organization can implement to improve its environmental performance. This benchmarking will provide a foundation to determine the effectiveness, feasibility and costs of waste reduction programs that can provide the greatest waste reduction impact for the client organization. Additionally, this capstone will recommend strategies for increasing recycling rates and driving behavior change to reduce waste production, while also presenting suggestions for visitor engagement and educational outreach as it relates to the team's waste management recommendations.
Developing Solar Projects Across the U.S.
Instructor: Brendan Noakes
2016 was a record year for the solar industry in the U.S. The commercial solar industry experienced very high growth during this period, and proves to be the number one driver to offsetting commercial and industrial clients’ energy consumption with energy from the sun. Students will work in groups to learn about PV technologies, PV incentives (state and federal), learn about different design practices; understand the different types of solar energy players in the market (i.e. installer, developer, solar investor) and will identify why it makes sense for large commercial customers to install solar energy both onsite and offsite. Students will conduct site visits and work alongside solar energy partners to help develop a solar project from start to finish. Once students understand the economics behind a commercial solar project work and can explain the relevant clean energy financing solutions - they will be able to convince commercial property owners ‘to go solar’ and put together real-life proposals.
Urban Ocean Conservation: A NYC Case Study
Instructor: Ayana Johnson
The human population is 7.5 billion and counting, and a large and growing portion of us live near the coast. Most of the world’s large cities are coastal, their growth fueled by ports. So it’s critical to figure out what urban ocean conservation looks like. This course will explore urban ocean conservation using New York City as a case study.
The Hudson and East Rivers are cleaner now than they have been in 100 years. Whales are returning to the harbor. Seahorses are living under the piers. Oysters (water filterers extraordinaire) are being replanted. We will examine and dream up ways that NYC could further restore and protect its waters.
In the worlds of food (sustainable seafood!), fashion, and art, NYC is a cultural arbiter, but it is not (yet!) a global leader in sustainability and conservation. We will compare NYC's coastal management with initiatives in other coastal cities. We will consider how successful ocean conservation efforts in NYC could become a much-needed model for urban ocean conservation across the globe.