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Materials related to the annual Sustainability SIP Symposium sponsored by the Center for Career and Professional Development (2012-Present), the Environmental Studies Program (2010-Present) and the Sustainability Guild (2010-2012).

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    Sustainability SIP Symposium Program 2013
    (2013) The Guilds
    Program for the Sustainability SIP Symposium held in Monday, April 29, 2013.
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    Sustainability SIP Symposium Program 2014
    (2014) Center for Career and Professional Development
    Program for the Sustainability SIP Symposium held Tuesday, April 22, 2014.
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    Sustainable Energy Practices in Thailand and Application of Thermosyphons to High-Power Light-Emitting Diodes
    (2014) Wagner, Reid
    The goal of this paper is first to give a general overview of energy use in Thailand, and review sustainable alternatives in generation and application. As a developing country, infrastructure is rapidly developing as well, presenting an opportunity to implement a basis for more sustainable energy production as well as use, without facing inertia of a more solidified existing system. Sustainable energy sources to meet the production needs of the country are examined, and light-emitting diode lighting (LED) is considered as an option to decrease energy use. Secondly, within this context, the viability and advantages of applying thermosyphons to reduce heat in chip-on-board high-power light-emitting diodes are investigated. These newer LEDs create considerable heat and will face damage, and particularly a shorter life span, if this heat isn’t managed. Heat sinks are traditionally used for cooling, but thermosyphons are an alternative that may be able to further manage the heat, as well as provide a cheaper and practical alternative in various scenarios. This experiment found a single thermosyphon and heat sink combination reduced LED heat by up to 11-13°C below the maximum LED operating temperature of 85°C, and moreover that adding a second thermosyphon reduced the temperature a total of 22-24°C below this, demonstrating that thermosyphons are viable to cool LEDs and should be considered during production and installation of LED lamps.
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    Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership Sustainable and Environmentally Sensitive Features
    (2013) Manstrom, Paul
    • The Arcus Center is a LEED registered project with a goal of LEED Gold Certification. • The 10,000 square foot building is currently under construction at the northwest corner of campus with an anticipated project completion date of March 2014.
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    Energy Recovery from Landfills: A Jamaican Case Study
    (2013) Clarke, Mysha
    Solid waste management is a critical issue for developing countries. In addition to limited financial resources that have to be distributed amongst various sectors, most developing countries including Jamaica faces high rates of unemployment, poverty, high crime rates, corruption and economic development. Consequently, environmental management and proper disposal of wastes are not prioritized. As the reserves of fossil fuels rapidly decrease and the rate of global warming rises, there is increased pressure to find alternative forms of renewable energy. By using the landfill as a source of renewable energy, Jamaica can save billions of dollars in imports, protect the health of the environment and human population whilst simultaneously significantly reducing their carbon footprint. This research seeks to explore these issues by examining the recent proposal to convert energy from waste using the Riverton Metropolitan landfill in Jamaica as a case study. Riverton Metropolitan landfill the largest landfill in Jamaica and serves approximately thirty percent of the Jamaican population. The aim is to find out the impacts of the landfill on the environment and human population, how feasible the project is, its benefits, setbacks, implications for Jamaica and the public opinion about the proposal and outcome of the project.
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