Oral Presentations

Fighting Food Waste With Portion Sizes

Problem Statement: The US wastes nearly 40% of our food, creating 125-160 billion pounds of waste annually, leading to high emission rates, resource depletion, and food insecurity. Research Question: What are the most effective waste mitigation and management strategies in the restaurant industry that could be utilized to produce a …

Sustainable Residential Microgrid with Permaculture – A Building Block in Sustainable Communities of the Future

Established initially as a research station by the Bucknell University Sustainable Energy Research Team (BUSERT), the microgrid was created to demonstrate off-grid operation of a residential home using the power systems of a PV Array and natural gas generator to supplement typical grid power. Over the past six years the …

A Cross-disciplinary Analysis of Sustainability and Business Performance: Finding New Metrics

At the intersection of the operations management and financial reporting literature, the importance of impact measurement of activities towards operational excellence has long been recognized. Of specific interest are effects on financial performance of continuous improvement frameworks that target quality (e.g. Total Quality Management (TQM), Six Sigma, ISO9000, Corbett et …

Democracy Defeated Discursively: Andrew Wheeler and the Deregulation of the Fossil Fuel Industry

With over 70% of the U.S. population believing that climate change is a serious problem that merits immediate confrontation, it is both surprising and a serious ecological threat that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) furthered over 50 deregulatory actions during the Trump Presidency. While previous research has mostly focused on …

Technology Enabled 6Rs Framework for Global Sustainability

The Covid 19 pandemic, ongoing climate change challenges and the demand for racial justice and equity has resulted in a renewed interest on sustainable development and global sustainability. Progressive organizations are integrating environmental, social and governance (ESG) impact investments, disclosures and reporting into their management for purposeful stakeholders (employees, customers, …

“Beyond Food Deserts: Urban Agriculture for Social Justice and the Case of Washington, DC

For cities looking to create more sustainable food systems, utilizing urban agriculture is an attractive prospect. With the myriad of approaches to urban agriculture, however, understanding the distinct qualities of different agri-food approaches is imperative when deciding which approaches to prioritize and how to conceptualize their respective assets. The literature …

Williamsport: Rivertown Renaissance

At the end of the 20th Century, industrial loss, social changes, and moving to the suburbs had led to small town decline across rural America, including in the Pennsylvania rivertowns. In Williamsport, a major rivertown of the Susquehanna River, we brought people back to town, enhanced community and created a …

Soil Organic Carbon at Bucknell University: Land Management Controls for SOC% and Carbon Sequestration

In this final project for Geomorphology (GEOL316) I used field and lab analysis techniques in combination with peer-reviewed literature to analyze the Soil Organic Carbon% (SOC%) and carbon sequestration found across varying locations on Bucknell’s campus as a result of different types of land management techniques (LM) as well as …