P3 - 2014 Project Overview


P3: 2014 Summer Interns' Project Overviews


In the summer of 2014, 11 student interns and 1 graduate student participated in UNL’s Partners in Pollution Prevention Program. Students worked with businesses to research methods of reducing waste, increasing safety, reducing hazardous material handling, and preventing pollution.

They also assisted with a wide variety of environmental projects focusing on education, energy efficiency, water conservation, and waste management. Each student prepared a report of proposed improvements, detailing the economic and environmental benefits of implementing their suggestions.

The following project overviews describe the interns' projects and recommendations.

Single Business Partnership
  1. Andrew Bro – Greater Omaha Packing, Omaha
    Analyzed microbial intervention during beef processing to optimize water and energy usage.

  2. Adam Joseph – Orthman Manufacturing, Lexington
    Analyzed welding and plating processes to improve efficiency, safety, and reduce hazardous chemical usage.

  3. Derek Wallin – Lindsay, Omaha
    Evaluated equipment location and product flow to optimize efficiency, improve flow, and reduce material handling.

  4. Sarah Wallis – Geist, Lincoln
    Analyzed several industrial processes to reduce material usage, increase energy efficiency, and reduce waste.

Multiple Business Assignments
  1. Felipe Alves - UNL Extension and Agricultural Producers in South Central Nebraska
    Analyzed irrigation systems for water/energy conservation.

  2. Geena Brown – IC Energy Solutions, Cortland
    Performed energy audits for multiple industrial companies and outlined pollution prevention strategies for each.

  3. Rafael Estrada - UNL Extension and Agricultural Producers in South Central Nebraska
    Analyzed irrigation systems for water/energy conservation.

  4. Julia Franck - UNL Extension and Agricultural Producers in Northeast Nebraska
    Analyzed irrigation systems for water/energy conservation.

  5. Justine Meis - UNL Extension and Agricultural Producers in Northeast Nebraska
    Analyzed irrigation systems for water/energy conservation.

  6. Zully Perez-Sierra - UNL Extension and Agricultural Producers in Northeast Nebraska
    Analyzed irrigation systems for water/energy conservation.

  7. Skylar Falter - NDEQ - Multiple Projects on Energy Efficiency for Small Community Wastewater Plants
    Conducted detailed energy audits for two small community wastewater treatment plants.

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