Dr. Alan Smerbeck is working with outreach groups in Rochester to build heaters for the homeless, and has asked us to help with the technical side of things. The heaters are safe and extremely low cost.
Aquaponics / Sustainable Ecosystem
Finding ways to incorporate aspects like no waste farming, aquaponics, and pollination/natural crop preservation techniques into a fabricated farming environment and create a self-sustaining crop production system that needs as little active human interference as possible.
Runoff in Red Creek
Parking lots generate many different types of automotive pollutants, namely gasoline, oil, antifreeze, heavy metals, nutrients, etc. RIT’s parking lots are paved using traditional impermeable asphalt, which allows rainwater or melted snow to run off and dump pollutants directly to the creek. This pollution can have damaging effects on the water quality and ecology of the creek and surrounding environment. The goal is to minimize the direct impact that our campus has on our community’s local ecosystem.
The ESW community greenhouse was created in 2016 to raise awareness of sustainable alternatives to food production. It is currently in disrepair, but we’ve made great progress!