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Smith team takes on climate change video challenge

27 Feb

Each year the Environmental Engineering and Science Foundation (EESF) and the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP) put out a call to current undergraduate and graduate students studying environmental engineering or sciences worldwide for a video competition.

This year’s theme, “What can individuals do to help reduce climate change?”, inspired Jocelyn Yax ’18 (engineering), Amelia Wagner ’18J (engineering/government), and Jasmine Pacheco-Ramos ’19 (environmental science and policy) to take on the challenge. Assistant Professor Niveen Ismail in the Picker Engineering Program acted as the faculty advisor for the project.   Check out their video on YouTube.

The winning teams will be announced at the Excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science awards ceremony at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. on April 13, 2017.

eesf_logoMore on the contest rules:
The video should be targeted to motivate 8th grade and higher students to change daily habits that contribute to climate change. The video may also be used more broadly to motivate the general public to change simple patterns that contribute to climate change.

The video should motivate individuals to change daily habits that cause carbon emissions that may contribute to climate change. People have varying views on climate change. Contestants are urged to develop a message that acknowledges the breadth of opinions on this issue but that encourages everyone to make changes that will help with climate change. Because most people do not understand the roles of Environmental Engineers and Scientists, the video should end with brief reference as to how Environmental Engineers and Scientists are working on climate issues.

New Blogger: Emily Dixon

17 Feb

This past fall I took a semester off and moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee. Chattanooga is home to world-class white water, 1-gigabit per second internet, and major industry such as Amazon.com and Volkswagen, which started manufacturing there in 2011.

I worked as an engineering intern at Volkswagen within the Plant Infrastructure department. The Chattanooga plant is the first LEED Platinum certified automotive manufacturing facility in the world. To meet this certification, Volkswagen rehabilitated nearby wetlands, created a 9.5 million watt capacity solar park, and included rainwater reuse in the facility design.*

VW                                 The Volkwagen plant.

During my internship I worked on waste stream optimization projects with the environmental team. The vast and constant generation of waste in manufacturing environments makes organizing and recycling very cumbersome and costly. To help my team get a handle on where possible optimization opportunities would have the least impact on production,  I designed  and developed a waste stream map for the assembly floor that outlined waste generation locations, the type of waste, and the removal method. This map also allowed the waste contractor to design the most efficient pick-up routes for collection.

TDI                                 Trying out the assembly line.

Now that I am back at Smith I am excited to bring this experience back to my peers in the Picker Engineering Program. I am also excited about my new position as a CEEDS intern! This semester I will be helping to coordinate the MacLeish Field Station maple sugaring project. If you are interested in getting involved we would love to have you! Feel free to email me: edixon at smith.edu.

Emily Dixon ’15

Emily Dixon is majoring in engineering with a minor in landscape studies. She is excited to be a new CEEDS intern. During her first semester at Smith she was introduced to the field station through Paul Wetzel’s lab for BIO 155 Biodiversity, Ecology, and Conservation.

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