Ashley Pena '19 and Catherine Orientale '17
Greenhouse Gas Inventory
In spring 2017 Pena and Orientale became the latest students to take on the responsibility of conducting Bucknell University's greenhouse gas inventory, which is a mandatory reporting component of Bucknell's President's Climate Commitment. The greenhouse gas inventory required the two students to examine every facet of the University's energy consumption and to compile all of the data using a mathematical model which converts energy use of different kinds into tons of CO2.
Catherine completed the transportation portion of the study including estimating both air travel and commuting miles for students, faculty, and staff, while Ashley coordinated the analysis of all other data.
The project was overseen by advisers Dina El-Mogazi, Sustainable Design program, and Tom DiStefano, civil & environmental engineering.
Dalton Stewart '19
Flood Mitigation for Pennsylvania's Rural Communities: Community-Scale Impact of Federal Policies
During the summer of 2017, Dalton Stewart '19 received funding from the Susquehanna River Heartland Coalition for Environmental Studies to work with Prof. L. Donald Duke, a visiting scholar from Florida Gulf Coast University on research about the reasons why residents in different counties in Pennsylvania make different uses of a major Federal program, the National Flood Insurance Program. Data was analyzed to show that in counties where flooding has been more frequent during the past 30 years — regardless of dollar cost of damages, or the size of the cities affected, or the projected risk in future — more residents tend to purchase insurance.
Chase Kravetz '20 and Austin O'Neill '19 with Jacob Mendelowitz '18
"Ready Set Fit": A Health and Wellness Mobile App
In 2015, Bucknell University partnered with the Geisinger Health System, National Park Service, and PA Department of Conservation & Natural Resources to create a prototype for a mobile application. The plan is to help users reach their mental and physical fitness goals.
During the summer of 2017, continued funding from the Degenstein Foundation allowed Chase Kravetz '20 and Austin O'Neill '19 to work with Jacob Mendelowitz '18 and faculty mentors Katherine Faull and Michael Thompson, along with community organizations, to develop the third phase of the "Ready Set Fit" app project. Chase and Austin created paths that, in addition to providing information about distance and elevation for fitness, also connect users to the paths' natural and cultural history.