Ross School - Senior Projects 2010
Mentor: Carleton Schade
Title: Water Recycling and Reclamation at the Ross School
My senior project is concerned with conservation and recycling of water. Since last year, I knew I was going to do something with water, since it is one of my favorite things. I knew that we are all using immense amounts of water, but I didnŐt realize it was as bad as it is. I decided that working with the Ross School would make a lot of sense, so I decided to come up with plans that would help Ross erase its impact on the environment. In my paper, I propose three plans that help Ross conserve water, and become more environmentally friendly. I hope this proposal will help others to change the way they think about water consumption and their impact on the environment.
For my Senior Project, I focused on water recycling and reclamation at the Ross School. The reason I chose this project, is because I wanted to make a difference at the Ross School, and help make it a more environmentally friendly place. Also, since the beginning of senior project work, I knew I wanted to do something related to environmental science. From taking environmental science classes at the Ross School, I knew about many of the environmental problems throughout the planet. Since I have always loved water, and water over-consumption is such a big problem, I decided I would focus on water. My original idea was to create a water filter, but I soon realized that it was not realistic, since it requires vast amounts of knowledge in biology, chemistry, and materials engineering. I changed my idea to water recycling through rainwater collection, and then broadened my topic by including water fountains replacement and installation of the AQUS system in the bathrooms. I did this in order to include other methods of reducing the ecological footprint of the Ross School. As far as my product, I thought about doing many separate papers, one about each proposal, but I then decided it would make more sense to just include them in one, large paper. I did not originally intend to make it so financially related, but when I decided I wanted it to be an actual proposal that could be used; I realized that it would have to contain finance. I did not know that incorporating finance into this project would create so much extra work. I am very glad that I decided to do this, however, since it made my project much more credible and actually able to be used later on. This project took about 6 or 7 drafts, and countless hours of editing, but it was worth it. My project ended up better than I thought it ever could have. Hopefully my project will be initiated sometime soon, so that the Ross School will be a more environmentally friendly place.
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