Project Leads: Grace Horvath
Sponsor: Engineers for a Sustainable World
TGIF Grant: $500.00
Project Theme: Waste Reduction
Status: In Progress
Project Description: A life cycle assessment (LCA) will compare paper towels versus hand dryers in the dorms. Economics, waste generation, and carbon emissions will all be looked at in the LCA. First, data will be collected involving the current number of times people in the dorms dry their hands. The total cost of paper towel usage will be calculated. Then, based on the number times hands are dried, the cost of hand dryers will be found including both electricity and installation. The environmental impact will be compared as well, taking into account every step in paper towel and hand dryer manufacture, electricity, transportation, and composting. Sustainable Minds software will be used in the LCA, and the TGIF grant will be used to purchase this software.