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. https://hope.edu/offices/sustainability/campus-sustainability/greenhouse-gas-inventory.html
The Hope College Green Team is looking for one student to collaborate with a team of two other student researchers and 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. This student would also help research and draft a proposal for a green revolving fund, in which the energy and monetary savings from infrastructure changes could be used to fund future projects.
The project will make use of broad research skills in multiple disciplines. In the process, the student will be exposed to various technical calculations using engineering models to assess energy and cost savings. The ideal candidate will have an interest in sustainability projects, a strong academic record, and the quantitative skills necessary to engage in technical work.
This is an interdisciplinary project and includes mentorship from the Office of Sustainability, Physical Plant, the Engineering Department, and the Department of Economics and Business.
This is a proposed 10-week internship, running between May 9 - July 15.
Please discuss the position with either Dr. Steven McMullen or Dr. Jeffrey Christians prior to applying. In your personal statement, please be sure to include information about your understanding, experiences, and career goals that would be relevant to this kind of work.
Mentors/Supervisors: Dr. Jeffrey Christians (Engineering), Dr. Steven McMullen (Economics and Business), Nick Duthler and Kara Slater (Physical Plant), and Michelle Gibbs (Sustainability).