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Undergraduate Student Research in Environmental Studies

One of our great distinctions as a university is the ability our students have to conduct high-level research side-by-side with our world-class faculty as undergraduates. Students in environmental studies have seized this opportunity to do some very interesting research.
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ENST 390: Community-based Study of Environmental Issues

The ability to conduct graduate-level research as an undergraduate is one of Colgate's distinct advantages. The following research was conducted by students enrolled in a project-based, interdisciplinary course examining current environmental issues in the context of community-based learning. 

The History of Transportation at Colgate University
Marisa Chiodo, Kathryn Deaton, and Jonathan Morales 
Report; Video

The History of Heating at Colgate University
Julia Marchetti, Yukun Xu, Kylie Armo
ReportVideo

Food Provision and the Incorporation of Sustainable Practices at Colgate University over its 200-year History as an Institution of Higher Learning 
Robert Howie, Geneva Leong, and Summitt Liu 
Report Video

Land Use and Forest Management: A History of Sustainability at Colgate University 
PJ Bell, Kimberly Duncan, and Martha Montufar 
Report

Building and Construction Sustainability at Colgate University Colgate University Bicentennial Anniversary 

Katie Connors, Danny LaCrosse, and Emma Newmann
ReportVideo

The History of Domestic Water Use at Colgate University Ashlea Raemer and Jeff Potts
ReportVideo

Previous Projects:

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An Assessment of Sustainability within Residential Life at Colgate University 
Anna Heil, Kristina McNamara, and Fritz Richter
Report; Video

Compressed Natural Gas: A Potential Plan for Colgate University
Mallory Hart, Maximilian Heering, and Katelyn Parker
ReportAppendix 1Appendix 2Video

It's Not Easy Being Green: Engaging Colgate's Administrative Assistants
Chris Todaro, Sara Reese, and Tess Kohler
ReportVideo

Assessing the Feasibility of Incorporating Sustainability into the Purchasing Department
Colin McMahon, Missy Velez, and Sherry Tran
ReportVideo

Making Strides Toward a Greener ‘Gate: Sustainable Athletics
Lindsey Sagasta, Oliver Hunt, and Lexi Panepinto
ReportVideo

Student Sustainability Assessment at Colgate University
Andrew Hacker, Ashlynne Rando, and Allison Shafritz
ReportVideo
Have You Herd About the Beef Industry? A Look at Cattle Farming in Madison County
Ben Campbell, Rachel Hangley, Lara Ozdemirci
VideoFull Report (PDF)

The Udder Vulnerability of Conventional Dairy Farming to Climate Change 
Chandler Keller & Rob Carroll
VideoFull Report (PDF)

Community Supported Agriculture: A Model for Sustainable Change?
Andrew Yurcik, Crystal Sawh, and Emily Adams
VideoFull Report (PDF)

Is the Pasture Really Greener on the Other Side? Investigating the Vulnerabilities of Pasture-Fed Dairy Farms in Madison County, New York
Courtney Beard, Ryan Fahy, Mike Kinzler
VideoFull Report (PDF)

A Hopful Future: An Assessment of the Sustainability of Hops in Madison County
Katherine Schultz, Abigail Hahn, Julio Guzman
VideoFull Report (PDF)

Maple in Madison County: An Assessment of the Past, Present and Future of Production
Andrew Mazen, Sarah DeFalco, Drew Myers
VideoFull Report (PDF)

Evaluating Waste Production and Disposal Management at the O'Connor Campus Center's Dining Area
Catherine Carpenter, Leah Feldman, and Brian Lemanski
VideoFull Report (PDF)

Evaluation of the Efficacy of Colgate's Sustainability Program
E. Maxine Lammers, Jennifer Neidle, Kori Strother, Emma Whiting
VideoFull Report (PDF)

Exploring the Feasibility of a Residential Energy Efficiency Carbon Offset Project at Colgate University
Kathryn Bacher, Susan Blick, Sam Ellis, Ashley Wynne-James
VideoFull Report (PDF)

Exploring the Feasibility of a Solar Thermal  Carbon Offset Program at Colgate University
Kelly Pittenger, Edwin Amador, Kristin Karst
VideoFull Report (PDF)

Methane Digesters: A Carbon Offset Project
Albert Boateng, Shannon Dillon, Amalia Jensen
Full Report (PDF)

The Ideal Cover Up
Adam Berk, Maddy Butts, Danielle Mazzeo
VideoFull Report (PDF)

Reforestation at Colgate University
Sarah Ellis, Cassidy Holohan, Becca Robinson, Jared Madison, Jenna Klynstra
VideoFull Report (PDF)
 
Water Use at Colgate
Cassie Lawson, Joe Coplan, Bess Magnuson, Annemarie Heinrich, Scott Coates, Jason Hinder
VideoFull Report (PDF)

LEED Certification of the Trudy Fitness Center
Anna Cvitkovic, Ian Dombroski, Sonya Falcone, Mark Janett, Chris Mahoney
VideoFull Report (PDF)
 
The Replacement of Fuel Oil #6 at Colgate University
Steve Dickinson, Mike Girard, Jeffrey Ledwick, Alexandra Hite, Christine Hebert, Rebecca Roberts
Video
 
Paper Purchasing and Consumption at Colgate University
Callie Brazil, Lauren Frisch, Noah Goldberg, Connor Hedges, Meghan Kiernan, Adam Kobayashi, Paul Vogelsang
Full Report (PDF)
 
Feasibility of Incorporating Hybrid and Electric Vehicles into the Colgate Vehicle Fleet
Tara James, Brendan Lahr, Andrew Pettit, Amanda Pothin, Kaitlyn Soule, Sam Walker
Full Report (PDF)

Sustainability of Woody Biomass Heating System
Alexis Apostol, Nina Bianco, Robert Bickhart, Annabelle Glass, Seth Greene, Joshua Rosen
Full Report (PDF)

Implications of Trayless Dining at Colgate University

Claire Burgett, Adam Costello, Nicole Dennis, Alex Felicetti, Jamie Horgan, Katherine Johnescu
Full Report (PDF)

ENST 241: Sustainability and Climate Action Planning with Local Community Partners

ENST 241 allows students the opportunity to work with community partners in the upstate New York region to solve complex challenges facing local governments that are trying to enact climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies. Over the last year, students have worked closely with the with the Town of Hamilton, helping them to pursue the New York State Climate Smart Communities and Clean Energy Communities programs. The below documents, produced by ENST 214 students, have been used by local community partners to advise and inspire climate action:

The Town of Hamilton, NY 2017 Municipal Greenhouse Gas Inventory
A step-by-step guide for completing the Town of Hamilton, NY Greenhouse Gas Inventory 
Meagan Klebanoff, Charlie Enberg, Benjamin Schick, Erin Moroney
Full Report (PDF)

Incorporating the Communities Program into the Town of Hamilton's Draft Comprehensive Plan 
Lily Daggett, Julilana Serrano, Pamela Gramlich
Full Report (PDF)

Other Environmental Studies Student Research

ENST 324: "Hunting, Eating, Vegetarianism" Austin, TX Site Visit
ENST 324 Students, Ian Helfant, Peter Rogers
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The Role of Sustainability Curricula in Higher Education
Jenna Taylor
Full Report (PDF)

More Projects:

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Investigating Local Food and Sustainable Dining at Colgate University
Adriana Lopez, Alex Yingling, Ali Stokes, Cat Weiss
Full Report (PDF)
 
Colgate Recycling Project
Sara Zurmuhlen, Shae Frydenlund, Justin Alimaras
Full Report (PDF)
 
Climate Action Planning: Guiding Colgate University to a Sustainable Future
Trevor Kreznar, Mallory Lostumbo, Katelyn Ciolino, Justin Roy
Full Report (PDF)
 
Colgate Climate Action Plan
Sarah Finn, Julie Gibbons, Kathleen Onorevole, Steffan Pierre
Full Report (PDF)Appendix (PDF)
 
Colgate Community Garden
Megan Cronin, Teddi Hofmann, Maria Kryachko, Kate Pavelich
Full Report (PDF)
 
A Feasibility Study of Geothermal Heating and Cooling at Colgate University
Trevor Halfhide, Seghan MacDonald, Josh McLane, Sarah Titcomb
Full Report (PDF)Appendix (PDF)
 
Energy Efficiency of Colgate University Buildings: A Performance Based Approach to Sustainability
Greg Bricca, Jon Gimber, Brian Martin, Jim Rollings, Rose Schwartz, Peter Smith
Full Report (PDF)