2016 – 2017 Academic Year Student Projects
Chino Basin Water Conservation District Collaboration
The team has created a partnership with the local Chino Basin Water Conservation District to develop a policy digest to be distributed to the Chino Basin constituency. Through this project, students are investigating the impact of state and local level water policy on the nearby community. For example, the team is investigating the rationale for Senate Bill 814 regarding excessive water use and the likely effects of the bill.
City of Claremont Food Waste Recycling Education
The team is working with the City of Claremont and various interested parties to develop business education material related to new California policy regarding food waste recycling. The team will create a guide to educate businesses on the new regulations and the necessary steps for compliance.
2015 – 2016 Academic Year Student Projects
Net Energy Metering Tariff 2.0 Project
Slated to be one of the largest changes to California solar policy in the last decade, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is currently in the process of reforming the Net Energy Metering Tariff as required by California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB32), which requires California to reduce its GHG emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. Various organizations including Southern California Edison, PG&E, San Diego Gas & Electric, and the Natural Resource Defense Council submitted proposals to the CPUC regarding reformation of the Net Energy Metering Tariff. The Environmental Outreach Team is conducting an analysis of the implications of the various proposals put forth and how this will affect residential customer decisions to adopt solar systems.
Read the report:
Sustainability of Dining Service Providers
The team is in the early stages of analyzing the sustainability of the various dining halls at the Claremont Colleges and the larger companies that supply and manage these dining halls. These dining service providers include Bon Appétit Management Company, Sodexo, and Pomona College Dining Services. This project will be continued in the spring semester.
2014 – 2015 Academic Year Student Projects
Public Education of and Engagement in Environmental Ballot Measures
The team analyzed the history of an issue and presented both sides of an argument from a neutral perspective. The goal of the project was to provide the public with an impartial analyses on the issues for more informed voting on complicated and highly contentious environmental legislations. Specifically, they presented three ballot measures: the ballot measure on whether the city of Claremont, CA should proceed with an eminent domain case to attain the city’s water rights; the Alaskan ballot measure on whether mining should take place in Bristol Bay; and, lastly, the measure in Massachusetts on whether the state should enhance the number of bottles that can be recycled. The team produced a short report and video for each measure, presented on YouTube, the website, and social media outlets.
Authors: Tim Storer ’15, Apoorva Rangan ’16, Lauren D’Souza ’18, Grace Bailey ’18
Watch the 3 Ballot Measure Videos:
Enhancing the K-12 Environmental Education
The team collaborated with local elementary and middle schools to create an hour long presentation and project for students to enhance their knowledge on environmental issues and policy. They worked with fifth and sixth grade students, teachers, and principals to create a project where they educated the students on important environmental legislations through a presentation and project for the students. In addition, they plan to engage eighth grade students, teachers, and principals to create a curriculum-based lecture on the scientific component of climate change.
Read the curriculum here:
Authors: Shane Griffee ’15, Grace Bailey ’18, Erin Ristig ’15
Collaboration with PaintCare
The team entered into a paid consulting contract with PaintCare, Inc.. a non-profit organization which aids paint manufacturers in operating paint stewardship programs in US states that have paint stewardship laws. The team delivered a report to PaintCare assessing multiple strategies for promoting responsible paint purchases and disposal.
Read the report below:
Authors: Tim Storer ’15, Makari Krause ’16, Lauren D’Souza ’18
2013-2014 Academic Year Student Projects
Orange County Sustainability Collaborative
The Roberts Environmental Center partnered with the Orange County Sustainability Collaborative to investigate the obstacles that prevent companies from engaging in environmental initiatives. Instead of focusing on leading sustainable companies throughout the county, the project has a comprehensive scope that will embody companies that exhibit a range of sustainability initiatives. Through surveys, internet research, and interviews, the analysts gathered information to protect the environment by consulting with companies to help them overcome these obstacles. At the end of the academic year, the Center published a report on their findings and strategies for addressing issues that companies face in implementing sustainable business practices. By interacting with a variety of entities, including companies and non-profits, the team will gain consulting experience and a keen sense of what effective project management requires.
Electronics Industry Extended Producer Responsibility and Recycling Practices
The extended producer responsibility research team focused on the electronics industry due to the complexities of its corresponding recycling industry, toxicity of E-waste, lack of transparency in E-waste disposal and recycling, and general overall ineffectiveness of electronics recycling programs. The research analysts developed a model that would determine optimal consumer incentives for optimizing electronics recycling rates, using Monte Carlo and sensitivity analysis techniques. Through this project, students improved their quantitative problem solving and analysis skills, especially with respect to environmental issues.