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Students’ Sustainability Projects Sweep Top Honors at GreenTown Conference
November 23, 2011
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology students came up with
innovative community sustainability planning ideas that swept top
honors in a student poster competition at the recent GreenTown: The
Future of Community Conference at Indiana State University in Terre
||Looking Towards The Future: Rose-Hulman Institute of
Technology students develop proposals to increase the environmental
sustainability of the campus and Terre Haute each quarter through
the technical and professional communication course.
Students developed proposals for increasing the environmental
sustainability of Rose-Hulman and Terre Haute as part of the fall
quarter's technical and professional communication course.
Earning first-place honors was a project that examined a water
recollection and disinfection system for Rose-Hulman's proposed
William Alfred Cook Bioscience Laboratory. Developing the
project was the team of Whitney Baenziger, Liz Garcia and Alyse
Capturing second place was the team of David Hopkins, Michael
Pauly and Chris Turturro for a project connecting ISU with downtown
Terre Haute by installing LED street lights along Cherry
Meanwhile, Michael Bell, James Breen, Jonathan Chew and Steven
LaBarge placed third for a presentation that examined using a gas
turbine to generate power at Rose-Hulman.
Other teams examined a lighting redesign for the lobby of
Rose-Hulman's Sports and Recreation Center (SRC), course revisions
for sustainability across the curriculum, adoption of e-Readers for
using textbooks, installation of high-volume and low-speed fans for
the SRC fieldhouse, and reducing paper waste in the sophomore
"While only three teams could win prizes, many other teams did
an outstanding job representing Rose-Hulman at the conference,"
said Richard House, associate professor of English. He joined
English colleagues Jessica Livingston and Caroline Carvill in
teaching the course this fall.
The GreenTown conference brought community residents, educators
and students together to discuss, plan and implement actionable
steps that promote sustainability. One of the featured
speakers was Bob Dixson, mayor of Greensburg, Kan. A tornado
destroyed 95 percent of the town on May 4, 2007. Rose-Hulman
students in the Home for Environmentally Responsible Engineering
program are planning to conduct energy audits in buildings
throughout Greensburg during next year's spring break.