Campus Alum Presents Work on Green Initiatives
Josh Snedden, a Penn State DuBois alumnus recently returned to campus to make a presentation on the work he is currently doing at Duquesne University. His visit was part of the Natural Resources Colloquium, hosted by the Earth Science program faculty. Snedden earned both an associate degree in Wildlife Technology, and a bachelor degree in Earth and Mineral Science at Penn State DuBois, in 2007 and 2010, respectively. He is now enrolled in a master's level program in Environmental Science and Management at Duquesne, where he is involved with helping to reduce the carbon footprint of the campus in Pittsburgh.
"The practices we have put into place have lowered Duquesne's carbon footprint by 10,000 metric tons a year, so far," Snedden said. He presented some of the measures Duquesne has taken to reach those numbers. For example, he said all of the university's solid waste is sent to a landfill that practices methane recovery, where gas captured from the waste is used to produce electricity. The electricity used to power the campus, however, comes from another green alternative.
"As of 2012, Duquesne will purchase almost all of its electricity from wind power," Snedden said, explaining that the electricity they've purchased is generated at a wind farm in Texas and put into a nation-wide grid.
Snedden also noted the Duquesne's plans to use things like "Green Roofs" on buildings, where soil is placed on rooftops, and grass and other vegetation is planted there. This helps to insulate the building in a natural, environmentally friendly way. Snedden is involved in studies for this and other such green initiatives to be taken in the future.
With aspirations to build a career out of environmental stewardship, Snedden said he got his start at Penn State DuBois, and that his undergraduate education laid a firm foundation for his graduate work and his professional accomplishments ahead. He said, "I use what I learned at Penn State DuBois every day in the work that I do now."
The Natural Resources Colloquium is the periodic gathering of the natural resources scientific community on campus. During each meeting students, faculty, and community members listen to a scientific presentation, and engage in discussion.