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The Impact Of Extreme Heat On Environmental Justice Communities In California: Assessing Equity In Climate Action Plans, Karishma S. Becha 2020 University of San Francisco

The Impact Of Extreme Heat On Environmental Justice Communities In California: Assessing Equity In Climate Action Plans, Karishma S. Becha

Master's Projects and Capstones

Climate change projections suggest extreme heat events will be more frequent over the next few decades. Extreme heat has both negative environmental and social impacts as it affects energy security, public health by increasing the risk of heat-related illnesses and stresses food and crop supply through prolonged droughts. The impacts of extreme heat will also disproportionately affect communities of low economic status. Because of this, there is a need for better climate action plans that can adapt to and mitigate the impacts brought upon by extreme heat that does not disproportionately impact vulnerable communities. This research analyzed local government Climate ...


Private Land, Public Trust: Strategic Conservation Planning For Public Wildlife On Private Lands Through The Usfws Partners For Fish And Wildlife Program, Clint Wirick 2020 Utah State University

Private Land, Public Trust: Strategic Conservation Planning For Public Wildlife On Private Lands Through The Usfws Partners For Fish And Wildlife Program, Clint Wirick

All Graduate Plan B and other Reports

Law requires federal agencies to develop long-term strategic plans. Strategic plans define goals, objectives, and performance measures defining how the agencies and programs will reach their stated goals. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Partners for Fish and Wildlife (PFW) develops strategic plans every five years. Each individual state develops a plan for their respective state. Those state plans are compiled for the region and become part of Regional Comprehensive Strategic Plan. The current strategic plan expires in 2021. States will begin the strategic planning process in 2020. In Utah, PFW staff will also begin developing a strategic plan ...


Stage-Structured Blue Crab Population Model With Fishing, Predation And Cannibalism, Fangming Xu 2020 William & Mary

Stage-Structured Blue Crab Population Model With Fishing, Predation And Cannibalism, Fangming Xu

Undergraduate Honors Theses

Blue crab is a species of crab commonly found in the waters of the western Atlantic Ocean. It is one of the most important shellfish in the Chesapeake Bay. The blue crab fishing industry has a notable impact on the local economy, and blue crabs form a key link in the Chesapeake Bay food web. Between the mid-1990s and 2004, the blue crab population dropped by two thirds. Factors such as habitat loss, harvest pressure and climate change may have contributed to the decline. However, there hasn’t been enough research on the long term dynamic equilibrium, making it difficult ...


Remediation Strategies To Reduce Heavy Metal Uptake In Lettuce Grown In Contaminated Urban Soil, Ryley Thomas 2020 University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Remediation Strategies To Reduce Heavy Metal Uptake In Lettuce Grown In Contaminated Urban Soil, Ryley Thomas

UCARE Research Products

Urban soils are increasingly used to produce food for local consumption, which requires at the same time management strategies that prevent the plant uptake of potentially present contaminants. This study was conducted to test different soil amendments for their ability to retain lead (Pb) and arsenic (As) within the soil matrix. The analyzed soil was taken from a potential community garden lot near a railroad in Lincoln, NE where elevated concentrations in Pb and As had been detected. Ponderosa pine biochar and spent coffee grounds were used as soil additives because of their documented chemical reactivity towards soil cations or ...


Assessing The Sublethal Impacts Of Sulfoxaflor On The Physiology And Behavior Of Daphnia Magna, Mary M. Hoffman 2020 University of Mary Washington

Assessing The Sublethal Impacts Of Sulfoxaflor On The Physiology And Behavior Of Daphnia Magna, Mary M. Hoffman

Student Research Submissions

Agricultural pest species are a growing concern due to increasing resistance to neonicotinoids. Sulfoxaflor, a sulfoximine pesticide recently approved by the USEPA, was developed to replace neonicotinoids and has shown to have high efficacy in the field. Environmental introduction is primarily caused by wet spray application or agricultural runoff. Sulfoxaflor binds to insect nicotinic acetylcholine receptors, triggering overactivation that leads to paralysis and death. Preliminary exposure studies have shown neonatal effects and development of liver tumors in rats and mice at 500 and 750 ppm, respectively. Little research into the effects on aquatic nontarget invertebrates has been conducted; as such ...


Updating Wcu’S Climate Action Plan: Creating A Version 2 For Our Community Of Learners, Bradley Flamm 2020 West Chester University of Pennsylvania

Updating Wcu’S Climate Action Plan: Creating A Version 2 For Our Community Of Learners, Bradley Flamm

Sustainability Research & Practice Seminar Presentations

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Arcgis Analysis Of Riparian Zone Restoration Potential In The Middle Creek – Penns Creek Huc-12 Watershed, Julie Benco 2020 Susquehanna University

Arcgis Analysis Of Riparian Zone Restoration Potential In The Middle Creek – Penns Creek Huc-12 Watershed, Julie Benco

Senior Scholars Day

The Middle Creek – Penns Creek HUC-12 watershed contains 48.9 miles of impaired streams out of the greater 73.1 miles of waterways within its capacity. The known impaired streams fail, by the water quality standards set by the Department of Environmental Protection, to meet the qualifications necessary to obtain their regulated attainments. In order to restore the waterways, best management practices (BMPs) can be installed to reduce nutrients, such as nitrogen and phosphorous, and sediment loads. ArcGIS and Model my Watershed are utilized to produce a spatial analysis of the watershed and model how the best management practices will ...


Greenhouse Gas Inventory And Climate Action Plan For Armstrong Township, Pennsylvania, Shian Knouse 2020 Susquehanna University

Greenhouse Gas Inventory And Climate Action Plan For Armstrong Township, Pennsylvania, Shian Knouse

Senior Scholars Day

Abstract A greenhouse gas inventory was conducted in Armstrong Township, Pennsylvania in the fall of 2019 and a partial draft of a climate action plan containing suggested mitigation actions to decrease greenhouse gas emissions in the jurisdiction followed using the results of the inventory. The inventory shows the following distribution of emissions: the transportation sector with 82.50% followed by the residential energy sector with 10.89%, the commercial energy sector with 3.65%, the solid waste sector with 1.65%, the industrial energy sector with 0.91%, and the water and wastewater sector with 0.38%. In total, Armstrong ...


A Fossil Guide For The Community: The Shale Pit In Beaver Springs Pa, Jake Mount 2020 Susquehanna University

A Fossil Guide For The Community: The Shale Pit In Beaver Springs Pa, Jake Mount

Senior Scholars Day

This study produced a fossil guide for the public from a shale pit owned by Spring Township located at Beaver Springs, PA. This shale exposure, located along Shale Pit Road, represents the Sherman Ridge Member of the Mahantango Formation (Middle Devonian- Givetian). At this location, the exposure is composed of 9-10 m of dark, iron-stained greenish-gray shale, however there is a thin, light bluish-gray, iron-stained shaley-sandstone ledge, ~1 m thick, that occurs within the succession. The shale contains rare to sparse bivalves, straight cephalopods, trilobites, several types of gastropods, crinoid stems and a partial calyx, and carbonized wood. The sandstone ...


The Impact Of Lake Stratification On Biogeochemical Cycling And Downstream Water Quality: Case Study Of Faylor And Walker Lakes In Snyder County, Pa, Trent Millum 2020 Susquehanna University

The Impact Of Lake Stratification On Biogeochemical Cycling And Downstream Water Quality: Case Study Of Faylor And Walker Lakes In Snyder County, Pa, Trent Millum

Senior Scholars Day

In recent years, dams have received extensive scrutiny for their effects on stream and river systems throughout the United States. Dams vary greatly in size and scale, but investigations often focus on large-scale dams because of their visibility in the public eye and pronounced impact. This can result in smaller and less impactful impoundments being overlooked, despite the cumulative impacts these dams can have on higher order water systems. Two small water impoundments, Walker and Faylor Lakes located respectively on the north and west branches of Middle Creek in Snyder County, Pennsylvania have demonstrated an impact on Middle Creek. This ...


Evaluation Of Best Management Practices For Stream Retoration Projects, Alexandra Binder 2020 Susquehanna University

Evaluation Of Best Management Practices For Stream Retoration Projects, Alexandra Binder

Senior Scholars Day

Best Management Practices (BMPs) are often used to describe acceptable practices that could be implemented to protect water quality and promote soil conservation at any particular location. Toe logs, cross vanes, and riparian plantings are just a few of the many possible BMPs used in stream restoration projects to anchor bank sediments, control the direction of water flow, re-establish riffles and pools, and improve the overall aquatic habitat. Eighteen impaired sites with implemented BMPs and four forested (reference) sites across four Pennsylvania counties were electro-shocked for fish populations. The difference in fish populations before and after the installation of BMPs ...


Chemical Composition And Source Regions Of Dry Deposition, Rudi Randall 2020 Susquehanna University

Chemical Composition And Source Regions Of Dry Deposition, Rudi Randall

Senior Scholars Day

Air pollutants, such as nitrate, sulfate, and ammonia, can negatively affect the environment and human health. Pollutants can be removed from the atmosphere through dry deposition, in which dry particles and gases contact the ground directly, or wet deposition, in which particles and gases interact with precipitation before reaching the ground. Despite there being two ways particles and gases can be removed from the atmosphere, wet deposition has been studied more routinely and comprehensively than dry deposition. In this research, dry deposition to surfaces covered by dew or frost was examined for its chemical makeup (including cations, anions, and organic ...


Determination Of Distribution Of Microplastics In Rappahannock River, Va, And Toxicity Of Polyethylene Microplastics With Interaction Of Methoxychlor On Daphnia Magna, Thanh-Binh Duong 2020 University of Mary Washington

Determination Of Distribution Of Microplastics In Rappahannock River, Va, And Toxicity Of Polyethylene Microplastics With Interaction Of Methoxychlor On Daphnia Magna, Thanh-Binh Duong

Student Research Submissions

Microplastics have become an emerging contaminant of concern in freshwater systems as a component of wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) effluent, household discharge, and industrial outflows. While microplastics have been detected in aquatic environments throughout the world, our knowledge regarding microplastics in the Chesapeake Bay Basin and their impacts on aquatic invertebrates combined with chemical pollutants is limited. This study consisted of two parts: a field-based assessment examining the spatial distribution of microplastics in the Rappahannock River, VA; and a lab-based analysis examining the effects of polyethylene microplastics and the pesticide methoxychlor on the viability and mobility of Daphnia magna. Microplastics ...


Chamaecyparis Pisifera (Sawara Falsecypress) Id #992, Garrett Moen 2020 Salve Regina University

Chamaecyparis Pisifera (Sawara Falsecypress) Id #992, Garrett Moen

BIO 140 Arboretum Project

Diameter at breast height: .4318 m

Height: 30 m

Age Class: Mature

Condition: Good


Quercus Robur (English Oak), Sydney Ranalletti 2020 Salve Regina University

Quercus Robur (English Oak), Sydney Ranalletti

BIO 140 Arboretum Project

Location: Lawn of the Young Building on Bellevue Avenue


Fagus Sylvatica Var. Laciniata (Fernleaf Beech) Id #1048, Andrea Connors 2020 Salve Regina University

Fagus Sylvatica Var. Laciniata (Fernleaf Beech) Id #1048, Andrea Connors

BIO 140 Arboretum Project

Location: Lawrence Avenue behind McKillop Library


Fagus Sylvatica (European Greenleaf Beech) Id #1051, Sophie Beauchesne 2020 Salve Regina University

Fagus Sylvatica (European Greenleaf Beech) Id #1051, Sophie Beauchesne

BIO 140 Arboretum Project

Location: Behind the garden outside of Gerety Hall

Height: 8 m

Diameter at breast height: 76.3 cm


Chamaecyparis Obtusa (False Cypress-Hinoki) Id #982, Samuel Johnson 2020 Salve Regina University

Chamaecyparis Obtusa (False Cypress-Hinoki) Id #982, Samuel Johnson

BIO 140 Arboretum Project

Location: By the Misto Gatehouse in front of McAuley Hall

Height: 33.4 ft


Acer Pseudoplatanus (Maple-Sycamore) Id #570, Caitlyn Rubino 2020 Salve Regina University

Acer Pseudoplatanus (Maple-Sycamore) Id #570, Caitlyn Rubino

BIO 140 Arboretum Project

Location: the lawn on Watts-Sherman along Victoria Avenue

Radius of crown: 10 m

Height: 20 m

Diameter at breast height: 40 cm

Age: Mature

Condition: Poor


Developing And Implementing A 100% Renewable Electricity Resolution: A Research-Based Framework, Emily E. Skill, Roslynn Brain McCann, Sarah C. Klain 2020 Utah State University

Developing And Implementing A 100% Renewable Electricity Resolution: A Research-Based Framework, Emily E. Skill, Roslynn Brain Mccann, Sarah C. Klain

All Current Publications

While it may seem that the efforts of local governments have only a marginal impact on the global issue of climate change, local action can spread to generate large-scale change. Local action can inspire other communities to adopt policies, creating the potential to expand and form regional action on climate change. Furthermore, local policies can influence state and federal policies. This guide will walk you through a five-step framework that was developed from the results of a qualitative research study that explored how three Utah cities, Salt Lake City, Park City, and Moab, successfully adopted 100% renewable electricity resolutions.


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