Developing an Integrated Biomass Processing Plan for Wayne and Stark Counties, Ohio

EPA Grant Number: SU831816
Title: Developing an Integrated Biomass Processing Plan for Wayne and Stark Counties, Ohio
Investigators: Hall, Dennis
Current Investigators: Hall, Dennis , Beeson, Ryan , Burkhart, Veronica , Cleversy, Sara , Curtis, Heather , Jeanty, Wilner , Keller, Calvin , Lahmers, Michele , McVey, Matthew , Panik, Dean , Recker, Phil , Sharp, Jessica , Sikdar, Kieran , Stokes, Ryan , Tran, Lisa , Wells, John
Institution: The Ohio State University
EPA Project Officer: Nolt-Helms, Cynthia
Phase: I
Project Period: September 15, 2004 through September 14, 2005
Project Amount: $10,000
RFA: P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet (2004) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: P3 Challenge Area - Materials & Chemicals , Pollution Prevention/Sustainable Development , P3 Awards , Sustainability


Ohio's Wayne and Stark counties are home to unique combination of biomass waste materials that offer interesting P3 opportunities. Biomass materials from 42 food manufacturing facilities, 72 wood manufacturing operations, large livestock farms, and residential land use for nearly 500,000 people in close proximity. This student design competition will conduct an assessment of this biomass and recommend a suite of strategies to convert these wastes into new, marketable products (e.g., bio-energy, bio-chemicals, soil amendments, etc.). The dominant strategies for dealing with the biological waste products are problematic within the community and are typically managed for pollution prevention. In some cases, growth is limited by the community's inability to manage the heavy demand placed on the downstream wastewater treatment facility. In other cases, strong odors create nuisance issues and lessen the quality of life for those adjacent these operation. Tipping fees at the neighboring landfill represent yet another expense both to the company and the community (in lost future capacity of the landfill). There are many researchers around the world involved in various aspects of this sustainability challenge, but this student team will integrate this information into a comprehensive package. Data will be collected to serve context, implementation, and outcome evaluation purposes. A goal to redirect 5% of biomass resources to new economic enterprises is sought. Students from across the university will enroll in two quarter hours of independent study in their home department for both Fall '04 and Winter '05 quarters and will conduct a series of seminars on various aspects of the project. Field trips to Wayne and Stark counties are planned.

Supplemental Keywords:

waste reduction, agriculture, midwest, bio-based energy, bio-based products,, RFA, Scientific Discipline, TREATMENT/CONTROL, Sustainable Industry/Business, POLLUTION PREVENTION, Sustainable Environment, Energy, Technology, Technology for Sustainable Environment, Ecology and Ecosystems, Environmental Engineering, energy conservation, sustainable development, waste minimization, environmental sustainability, conservation, biomass, community based, biotechnology, energy efficiency, energy technology, alternative energy source, waste management, resource recovery, renewable resource, renewable energy, bio-based energy

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