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May 29 / Zach Kilgore

RISEUP students hear from Dr. Sanjiv Sinha, Daryl Pierson

At their first workshop for Summer 2015 on Wednesday, RISEUP interns discussed environmental justice and heard presentations from Environmental Consulting & Technology (ECT) vice-president Dr. Sanjiv Sinha and WSU Office of Campus Sustainability coordinator Daryl Pierson.

As mentor for intern Nathan Christie, Dr. Sinha spoke about his project from ECT, a firm that has done work for clients ranging from the City of Detroit to Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc. This summer’s project is to develop a financial sustainability model for two small harbors in Michigan: Au Gres and Ontonagon. Christie will focus on collecting economic and demographic data from charrettes in these communities, as well as developing reports related to water funds and green infrastructure. In addition, Dr. Sinha discussed some of the concerns of small harbors, such as rising costs and ecological changes, and how his firm works with communities to address these problems.

Following Dr. Sinha, Daryl Pierson, who is the sustainability coordinator for the Wayne State University Office of Campus Sustainability, presented on many of the green initiatives that Wayne State is taking part in. One such initiative is Warrior Exchange, a Craigslist-style classifieds page for Wayne State departments who would like to sell their excess equipment and suppliesĀ instead of throwing it in the trash. In addition to sustainability of the environment, Pierson discussed making the initiatives themselves sustainable through greater student involvement.