M.En. Professional Service Projects

enlarged photo of student PSP presentationThe Professional Service Project (PSP) is a requirement of the M.En. core curriculum (IES 610 and IES 610.G) and is designed for students to develop their skills and experience by working with real clients.

The PSP is a cornerstone of our program. Graduates of the M.En. program frequently tell us that both the PSP experience and the problem-solving methodology were important parts of their future success as professionals.

Students Solving Real-World Problems

Each year, M.En. student teams provide help to 3 clients that have requested assistance in solving environmental problems or to improve the sustainability of their organizations and practices. A client can be a community, organization, or individual in the tri-state area (Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky).

These teams of graduate students from diverse backgrounds work for academic credit under the supervision of environmental professionals and Miami University faculty.

Becoming a Client Organization

To qualify, projects must deal with real-world environmental or sustainability problems and be of such a scope that they can be completed within 6 months. If you are interested in cooperating with a student team on such a project, please email us at ies@MiamiOH.edu.

Professional Service Projects for 2017-2018

Examining the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy: A Feasibility Study for Oxford, Ohio

Client: City of Oxford Environmental Commissions
Team: Ryan Bourgart, Celeste Johnson, Page Jordan, Clare Quinn, Sara Rudokas

The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy is an international alliance of cities and local governments which are committed to creating a low-emission, resiliant society. Signatory cities commit to conducting a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory, setting GHG emission reduction targets, and developing a climate action plan. This team is providing an in-depth analysis of the requirements to evaluate whether it is feasible for the City to become a signatory. They are also examining alternative actions the City can take..

Developing Strategies to Reduce Contamination at Drop-Off Recycling Facilities in Adams and Clermont Counties

Client: Adams-Clermont Solid Waste District
Team: Emmanuel Adedugbe, Claire Butkus, Maureen Fastkie, Gabe Kovacs, Emmanuel Ogundipe

A high percentage of contaminants (i.e. non-recyclable materials) are being improperly disposed of at recycling drop-off locations in Adams-Clermont Solid Waste District. This includes smaller contaminants that are placed in the drop-off bins, as well as larger materials, like mattresses and tires, that are left in and outside the bins. This team is helping to develop strategies that can be used to prevent people from leaving these larger items.