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Hope College Carbon Footprint Summer Research Intern

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Hope College Summer Research Project - Carbon Footprint Analysis

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Hope College has calculated our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from 2005-2020 as a way to better understand our impacts on the environment. The biggest factors of our GHG emissions are electricity and natural gas usage for our campus buildings.

The Hope College Green Team is looking for two students to assist with calculating the impacts of future projects and equipment changes to our carbon footprint, campus energy usage, and what the return on investment (ROI) could be for higher efficiency equipment.

The proposed study will aid our understanding of the various ways we can impact our overall campus carbon footprint as we look to reduce this number in the coming years. The project will require various technical calculations using engineering models to assess energy and cost savings. The student(s) will be involved in building tools to assist continued efforts into the future. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in technical calculations and problem solving.

This is an interdisciplinary project and includes mentorship from the Office of Sustainability, Physical Plant, and the Engineering Department.

This is a proposed 10-week internship, running between May 9 - July 15. In your application, please be sure to include information about your understanding or experiences with energy assessment, greenhouse gases, or carbon footprint calculation to date.

Mentors/Supervisors: Dr. Jeffrey Christians (Engineering), Nick Duthler and Kara Slater (Physical Plant) Michelle Gibbs (Sustainability).

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