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Wednesday, April 21st
1:05 PM

Session 2C Carbon Offset Initiatives in Huaraz, Peru

Meghan Montagne, Colorado State University
Kayla Redd, Colorado State University
Anna Whelan, Colorado State University

1:05 PM - 1:01 PM

The city of Huaraz, Peru has a per capita emissions rate of about 5.57 tonnes of CO2 equivalent,of that about 13% is from transportation and 6.5%is from waste (Ritchie and Roser, 2020). The objective of this study is to develop a possible plan for lowering emissions in the city through transportation and waste management. Analysis of current transport and waste infrastructure will be done and a proposal will be created to raise awareness for how and why lowering emissions in these areas will be beneficial to the people of Huaraz.

1:15 PM

Session 2C Environmental Assessment and Recommendations for Mines in Peru

Yuanxing Fang, Colorado State University
Zhongmiao Xue, Colorado State University
Zhicheng Sun, Colorado State University

1:15 PM - 1:24 PM

The Antamina mine is one of the largest copper/zinc mines in the world. Due to Peru’s special geographical location, close to the Amazon forest and a large number of snow-capped mountains, the carbon emissions and climate change effects generated by the mining industry will be more serious. Our group will give environmental assessments and recommendations through learning and studying the carbon emissions and carbon offsetting measures of Peru, China and other large special mines in the world. The paper summarizes suggestions on energy conservation and emission reduction to promote the sustainable construction of mining areas.

1:25 PM

Session 2C Increased Sanitation Due to COVID-19 Poses a Dilemma for Waste Management

Sydney Castellanos, Indiana University

1:25 PM - 1:34 PM

Among the many changes that have come with COVID-19 has been the shockingly increased production of personal protective equipment. The increased disposal of such products calls for the development of novel management plans to prevent public health from being to the detriment of environmental health. Medical waste was found to have a 350% increase during the pandemic (Sarkodie & Owusu, 2020). Management of this issue will need to consider the sustainable alternatives to some of the readily available products currently in production and novel ways of recycling or repurposing these waste materials.

1:35 PM

Session 2C Renewable Human Energy

Michael Prier, Indiana University
Chad Williams, Indiana University

1:35 PM - 1:44 PM

As we all know, fossil fuels are harmful and finite. What if there was a way to have virtually infinite renewable energy? What if there was a way to harness some of the energy we, as humans, exert in our daily life? My idea is, in a way, similar to the crank flashlights. With my idea, we could convert gyms across the nation and globe into ones that store the energy used to move and power them. This form of energy would not only be renewable, but significantly les sharmful to the environment than that of fossil fuels. “In general renewable forms of energy areconsidered 'green' because they cause little depletion of the Earth’s resources, have beneficial environmental impacts, and cause negligible emissions during power generation” (Herzog,Lipman, & Kammen, p.21). If we are able to harness some of the energy we exert each day, we could have a reliable, renewable, green source of energy.