On April 26, the Student Center was full of more than 30 student posters and table top displays by community groups and vendors at the Sustainability Symposium. Approximately 40 students made presentations in the Theatre. Guests included Willi Waste, the Willimantic Food Co-Op, the Institute for Sustainable Energy, the Neighbor to Neighbor Coalition, and many others. Lecturer Vishnu Khade was the keynote speaker.
Nicholas Jones, a junior from Derby majoring in environmental earth science, won the Energy Efficiency Excellence Prize for his presentation on "The Benefits of Daylighting and the Use of Motion Sensors in Webb Hall." Jones demonstrated how a one-time investment of $8,400 to retrofit Webb Hall would save the University $5,700 in electric bills annually, a 100 percent return on investment in 18 months.
In the poster competition, Dennis Scanlon, Jonathan Mizger, Nicholas Milano, Anne Muessel and Justine Ranzoni won first place with their poster on "Water Conservation. A "Recycling Three "R"'s poster created by Allyson Goudreau, M. Messier, K. O'Neill and Helene Fjeldstad, took second place. In the presentation competition, Lauren Armistead, Stephanie Kuzel, Katie Kehoegreen, Nicole Rouillard and Brian Simons won first place with their presentation of a Home Hybrid System. Phil Suillivan, Aaron Zambarano, Ewa Ogorzalek and Jeffrey Brinklow won the second place prize with their presentation on "Residential upgrades." While students, faculty and staff were abuzz with talk of sustainability in the Betty R. Tipton Room, Physical Science Professor Russell Sampson offered an opportunity to view the sun close up.