Year in Review 2011

Year in Review 2011
August 2010



  • Student Activities Fair, with Student Green Team and President’s Task Force on Sustainability
  • WPI receives $1.5 Million for membrane system that may make coal, gas, and electric plants more competitive
  • Environmental Studies presentation as part of NSO with Prof. Rob Krueger
  • Robin Chase, cofounder of Zipcar, speaks at WPI’s Great Problems Seminars’ Kick-off 



September 2010



  • Tufts University Sustainability Team tours WPI’s East Hall
  • Princeton Review names WPI one of nation’s greenest schools
  • WPI Global Opportunities Fair to showcase 26 Project Centers world-wide
  • WPI is named among the Sierra Club’s Top 100 Cool Schools
  • Farmers Market comes to Morgan Hall



October 2010



  • WPI’s First Sustainability Report, product of student IQP, published on Sustainability website
  • WPI Staff attend Massachusetts Energy Summit on 10/7
  • WPI earns an A- on the Sustainable Endowment Institute’s Green Report Card
  • Student Green Team partners with the Department of Facilities to plant bulbs around campus
  • Renewable Energy Course Poster Competition



November 2010


  • IRN, Staples, and WPI partner to recycle office products packaging materials in 3 locations across campus.
  • Farmers Market held on 11/18
  • Students request modified recycling process at Ellsworth Fuller Apartments.
  • On 11/19 Meeting with WB Mason to look for sustainable initiatives for office supplies purchasing.
  • The Student Green Team in conjunction with Dining Services creates a local foods only initiative.  This provides an entirely local foods meal once a month.  


December 2010


  • Diran Apelian, founder of the Metal Processing Institute, receives Materials Advancement Award. 
  • WPI participates in MSSCOR meeting on the EPA Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollution.
  • Dana Draper from Institutional Recycling Network presents "Recycling at WPI" for students, staff, and faculty.
  • WPI partners with Clark University and town of Lancaster to write a grant for Electric Vehicle Charging stations.
  • Public Transportation Focus Group re-formed to talk about the WRTA, students and staff perceptions of public transportation, and our collaboration with the WRTA.
  • Student Green team finishes 4th Nationally and 12th Internationally in the Great Power Race presented by
  • WPI first year students address some of the world's greatest problems in the 2011 Project Fair.


January 2011


  • Students present their GPS project at a green health fair at St. Vincent hospital.
  • WPI students compete to win prestigious award for developing solutions to globally significant problems at the President's IQP Awards Presentation to take place 1/28/11.
  • CNN covers WPI professor Rajib Mallick's research aimed at turning roads into solar collectors.
  • Social Science and Policy Studies presents Isabelle Anguelovski of MIT: Can We Build the Cities We Want? Community Mobilization for Environmental Justice in Boston, Baracelona, and Havana.
  • Social Science and Policy Studies presents Rodrigo Pinto of the University of Maryland, Activist Globalization: Socioeconomics, Governments, and Transnational Environmentalism.


February 2011


  • RecycleMania begins and is launched with a “Clean Your Office” Week


 March 2011
  • Graduate Seminar Lecture Series presents Sustainability Talk on Carbide-derived Carbons for Energy-related Applications, presented by Yury Gogotsi
  • Student IQP team present work on Sustainable Foods on Campus to PTFS
  • IES and HUD Proposal meeting with WPI at Clark University
  • MSSCOR Meeting held at WPI and discusses power shedding options and energy controls 
  • Annual Two-day Innovation Presentation Competition featuring Masters and PhD candidates work
  • Community Engagement Award presented to WPI students
 April 2011
  • Gordon Library’s Go Green Library Media and Book Sale
  • 3rd Annual Sustainability Poster Competition
  • 2nd Annual 3R (Recycle Reuse Reduce) Video Competition
  • WPI EarthFest Speaker, Dr. Jodi Emel, speaks about Climate Change and the Carbon Hoofprint of Cities
  • 22nd Annual REC Earth Day Cleanup is assisted by WPI students and staff
  • WPI partners with Salvation Army in WPI’s Movin-Out Drive, to donate gently used items to those in need
  • WPI named one of Princeton Review’s Greenest Colleges
  • WPI Venture Forum features Clean Technology and Renewable Energy
  • WPI Connections runs “Signs of Spring” photo contest to help launch EarthFest
  • New course launched – Introduction to Contemporary Electric Power Systems, which focuses on modern electric power systems and complements other energy-related offerings at WPI
  • Students establish a campus vegetable garden
  • Environment Massachusetts, Congressman James McGovern, and State Legislators Take a Tour of Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s Energy Efficient Residence Hall
  • Robert Krueger wins Denise Nicoletti Award for Service to Community for serving on President’s Task Force on Sustainability, grassroots work that led to creation of WPI’s Environmental and Sustainability Studies Major, engaging students and faculty in the Worcester Community Project Center, and lending his vision to the community, city and region.  
 May 2011
  • WPI investigates water options to minimize bottled water use
  • WPI begins its Sustainability Plan
  • Key members of WPI community participate in Sustainable Campus Initiative with National Grid and NStar
  • Topping off ceremony for new recreation center, expected to meet LEED Silver certification for site sustainability, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, environmental quality, and innovation and design.  
 June 2011
  • National Grid Smart Grid Summit
  • Recycling program reviewed for Salisbury Estates
  • Robert Krueger, professor of geography at WPI delivers the keynote address at "Sustainable Development: Where Are We Now?" an international conference held on June 5-6 in Luxembourg


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