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Project Summaries

Water, Stormwater, and Green Infrastructure

This elevated pedestrian walkway which is flanked by seating benches, native grasses and other perennial wildflowers is a new green infrastructure feature in Manhattan's landscape
The High Line in Manhattan showcases the growing
popularity of preserving open space and utilizing
green infrastructure to enhance urban communities

NXP Semiconductors - in 2008 a chip fab plant in the Hudson Valley hosted an intern to work on a deionized water reuse project. The project was implemented in 2009, saving 4.5 MG deionized water, and a total of 18 MG potable water, prior to ceasing operations in July 2009.

Council on the Environment of New York City - in 2008 a non-profit organization under the auspices of the mayor's office, requested an intern for their open space program to prepare a "how - to" manual on designing and building a rainwater harvesting system. Their program captures approximately 0.7 MG of stormwater runoff annually, which is used to irrigate community gardens.

Council on the Environment of New York City - in 2009 a non-profit organization under the auspices of the mayor's office requested an intern for their open space program to follow up on their 2008 internship project on rainwater harvesting. A survey of community gardeners identified a need for pumping water from the rainwater storage tank to the garden plots. The intern designed and built a foot-operated treadle pump, which can be safely and easily operated by almost anyone in the garden.

Village of Hobart - in 2009 a small village requested an intern to assist in developing a State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) pretreatment program for a pharmaceutical manufacturing facility which discharges process wastewater to their wastewater treatment plant. The intern recommended that the Village's SPDES permit be modified to include Whole Effluent Toxicity testing, which could then be used as a tool. The intern worked closely with the intern at the pharmaceutical facility.

Covanta Niagara - in 2008 a waste to energy facility in Niagara Falls requested an intern to capture and reuse stormwater. A second project involved reusing ion exchange wastewater to quench ash and add necessary moisture prior to landfilling. Annually, the two projects resulted in capture of > 1 MG of stormwater, and 18.2 MG water savings.

Recycling and Composting

Covanta Hempstead - in 2008 a waste to energy facility on Long Island requested an intern to develop and implement an in-house recycling program. In addition to contributing recyclables, diverting this waste created additional capacity for the facility, which is now available to generate income.

Chemung County Soil Water Conservation District - in 2009 a non-profit organization in the southern tier requested an intern to

A City of Elmira Public Services Department employee stands in their large composting are a where there are piles of compost and sand in the background
A member of the City of Elmira Public Services
explains the pros and cons of their composting
operations to intern Sarita Upadhyay

evaluate municipal infrastructure for the management of yard waste within the county. An emphasis was placed on composting. The intern prepared outreach materials and conducted educational composting demonstrations. The district is holding educational events in 2009 and 2010 to divert solid waste from the landfill, stop improper disposal, and increase composting in the county.

Air Quality and Greenhouse Gas Reduction

Modern Landfill - in 2008 a municipal solid waste landfill located north of Niagara Falls requested an intern to evaluate different technologies to reduce air emissions from its numerous fleets of diesel vehicles. The intern found that switching the fleets to biodiesel would have the greatest environmental benefit. The alternative is not cost effective at this time.

Covanta Onondaga - in 2008 a waste to energy facility in the Syracuse metropolitan area requested an intern to evaluate emissions reductions from a product the company was considering for a number of its plants. The product did not perform as well as hoped during the internship and the intern recommended further study prior to purchasing the equipment.


More about Project Summaries:

  • Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Facility - 2009 - In 2009, a pharmaceutical manufacturing facility requested an intern to evaluate wastewater pretreatment options.
  • NXP Semiconductors - NXP is a chip fab plant located on the IBM campus in Fishkill in the Hudson Valley.
  • Council on the Environment of New York City (CENYC) - 2008 - The Council requested an intern to prepare a "how-to" manual on rainwater harvesting at NYC's community gardens.
  • Council on the Environment of New York City (CENYC) - 2009 - Surveys of gardeners prompted numerous requests for an inexpensive, simple, yet durable pump able to operate without electricity or fuel. Mr. Fenley, who has a strong interest in design, researched different pumps and found a foot-operated "treadle" pump design.
  • Village of Hobart - In 2009, a small village requested an intern to assist in developing a State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) pretreatment program to regulate discharges to their wastewater treatment plant.
  • Covanta Niagara - Covanta Niagara requested an intern to work on a project to use stormwater in place of river water in the cooling tower.
  • Covanta Hempstead - An intern was placed to develop and launch an in-house recycling program.
  • Chemung County Soil Water Conservation District - In 2009, the Chemung County Soil Water Conservation District, a non-profit organization in the southern tier of New York, requested an intern to evaluate municipal infrastructure for the management of yard waste within the county.
  • Modern Landfill - The facility requested an intern to evaluate different technologies which could reduce emissions and improve fuel efficiencies of their numerous fleets of vehicles.
  • Covanta Onondaga - The facility submitted a proposal to evaluate a manufacturer's claims on emission reductions of NOx and CO as well as improved fuel efficiency in a diesel fuel catalyst.
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