Pollution prevention interns contribute to corporate sustainability

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dc.contributor.author Carter, David
dc.date.accessioned 2011-05-12T17:21:12Z
dc.date.available 2011-05-12T17:21:12Z
dc.date.issued 2011-05-12
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/9110
dc.description.abstract Time and money are two obstacles preventing companies from implementing energy-efficiency projects. To mitigate these concerns, the Kansas State University Pollution Prevention Institute (PPI) began an intern program that places engineering students at commercial facilities to conduct focused research on well-defined energy-efficiency projects for 10 weeks. During the program’s first five years, interns have identified potential savings of more than 49 million kWh of electricity; 249 million gallons of water; 9,000 tons of solid and hazardous waste; and up to $6.5 million in operating or disposal costs. Follow-up surveys revealed an implementation rate of more than 66%. The program’s success is evident not only from energy and cost savings but also from the number of companies that return for additional interns. In the second year, two companies returned to the program. Five of seven companies were repeat participants in the third year, and three of six companies were repeat participants in 2009. Two companies have applied for interns in four of the five years the program has been offered. One three-year participant has identified annual savings of approximately one million kWh of electricity and two million gallons of water, and has reduced utility payments from $42,000/month to $16,000/month. The low cost of this program and the quantity and detail of the interns’ research render intern programs an attractive tool to assist businesses in implementing energy-efficiency projects and moving the company further down the road to sustainability. en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University en_US
dc.subject Energy efficiency projects en_US
dc.subject Interns en_US
dc.subject College students en_US
dc.subject Pollution Prevention Institute en_US
dc.title Pollution prevention interns contribute to corporate sustainability en_US
dc.type Text en_US
dc.date.published 2011 en_US
dc.description.conference 2011 Sustainability Conference, Educating for Sustainability, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, March 30-31, 2011 en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid dcarter en_US

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