Albers School of Business and Economics
Numerous published papers on water economics and current work on fair trade coffee that discusses environmental benefits.
Refereed publication: "Starbuck's Preferred Green Purchasing Program" Journal of International Case Studies, with Rasmussen and Stephenson.
Working on a start up called Sur that will focus on helping teenagers and young adults to volunteer in non profits organizations in South America. The volunteering will be mainly focus on sustainable development in rural communities in Argentina, Bolivia, and Uruguay.
Mission statements and inclusion of triple bottom line in for-profit and non- profit organizations.
College of Science & Engineering
Coffee for Justice
Sue Jackels, Chemistry
Promotes simple scientific test kits to small-scale Nicaraguan coffee farmers, enhancing their ability to produce high-quality coffee and receive a fair price. Encourages the use of sustainable farming practices.
Environmentally-benign Organic Synthesis
Peter J. Alaimo, Chemistry
Research focuses on developing chemical methods for synthesizing biologically-important molecules using methods that do not generate hazardous waste and toxic byproducts.
Photodissociation of Reactive Nitrogen Reservoir Compounds
Ryan McLaughlin, Chemistry
Laboratory research project that examines the dissociation of compounds that can release reactive nitrogen into the atmosphere, thereby modulating ambient ozone levels. Overall aim is to better understand the potential impact of anthropogenic chemicals on atmospheric chemistry.
Chemical Analysis of Compost
Jen Sorensen, Chemistry
Undergraduate research project that uses classic analytical techniques to perform chemical analyses of the compost produced on site at the university.
Dan Matlock, Biology
Studying biodiversity and genetic variation in giant freshwater prawns in the rivers of Nicaragua.
Atmospheric Optical Scattering
Dave Boness, Physics
Application of experimental optics and geophysics to the environmentally-important topic of optical scattering by atmospheric particles and the effect of such scattering on global climate change models and understanding.
|Anaerobic Digester Optimization|
Phil Thompson, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Developed a tool that enables anaerobic digester operators to optimize loading which in turn can lead to more efficient microbiological production of natural gas from waste materials.
Water Quality Studies
Jean Jacoby, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Research on the causes and management of toxic blue-green algae in lakes and the effects of nutrient enrichment on lake and stream water quality and ecology in the Puget Sound region
Global Climate Change Potential of Combustion Generated Particles
Chris Stipe, Mechanical Engineering
Conducts research on how carbon particles in the atmosphere from vehicles, power plants, wood burning and wild fires influence climate change. The particles’ optical properties are measured. This provides climate modelers accurate data for climate change prediction models.