P3 - 2011 Project Overview


P3: 2011 Summer Interns' Project Overviews


In the summer of 2011, 13 student interns participated in UNL’s Partners in Pollution Prevention Program. Students worked with businesses to research methods of reducing waste 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. Eric Dreessen - Beckton Dickenson Medical, Columbus
    Conducted water conservation and other source reduction and energy efficiency projects.

  2. Brian Emmerich - DLR Group/West Haymarket Project, Lincoln
    Recommended ways to conserve energy in the parking facility and logistics of a recycling program for the new arena.

  3. Joseph Komenda - Hamilton Sundstrand, York
    Researched feasibility of alternative energy sources (solar/hydrogen/wind) to reduce dependence on electricity from the grid and related greenhouse gas emissions.

  4. Jaime Michelsen - Lincoln Composites, Lincoln
    Analyzed operations and made recommendations to reduce solid waste streams.

  5. Caleb Peterson - Warren Distribution, Omaha
    Researched opportunities to reduce energy use/optimize compressed air system.

Multiple Business Assignments
  1. Eric Bolton - Agricultural Producers Assistance in Clay County, NE
    Analyzed irrigation systems for water/energy conservation.

  2. Cameron Cunning - City of Scottsbluff
    Assisted with development of Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPP) for six facilities/sites.

  3. Michael Florek - Multiple Businesses, Southeast NE
    Performed waste stream analysis and energy optimization strategies for a variety of businesses.

  4. Allyson Lamb - Public Health Solutions, Crete
    Conducted waste analyses for two school districts and a community health center.

  5. Edward Lee - Multiple Businesses, Southeast NE
    Performed waste stream analysis and energy optimization strategies for a variety of businesses.

  6. Cale Mages - Agricultural Producers Assistance in Fillmore County, NE
    Analyzed irrigation systems for water/energy conservation.

  7. Kara Scheel - Multiple Businesses, Southeast NE
    Performed waste stream analysis and energy optimization strategies for a variety of businesses.

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