“The average American family throws out over 300 pounds of food a year. This food goes to landfills where it decomposes, producing carbon dioxide and methane. Not only does this waste money, but it is also harmful to the environment.
As part of my research, I want to travel to Uruguay to help subsistence farmers increase their sustainability. I have seen first-hand the impacts of climate change on our world. I studied abroad in Suva, Fiji, my sophomore year. While here, I saw the impacts of ocean acidification, sea-level rise, and intense tropical storms.”
I will gain hands-on experience by assisting farmers as they grow, harvest and manage their subsistence farms. I anticipate learning unique processes the farmers in Uruguay use, and I will be able to bring these ideas back to the University of Idaho.
This project overlaps with interdisciplinary aspects because I will be learning about agriculture methods in another country. Additionally, I will be learning about the way of life in Uruguay and about methods that could be potentially used in the United States.
I will be obtaining a business minor. The courses I have taken include operations management, accounting, management and economics. These have given me a great understanding of the nexus between engineering and business.
Throughout my project, I have gained an understanding of global challenges through my study abroad experience in Suva, Fiji, and in my upcoming service trip to Uruguay.
Traveling to Uruguay to help subsistence farmers increase sustainability will allow me to take my project experience in anaerobic digestion and apply it in a service-learning environment.
Grand Challenge Focus Area
Make Solar Energy Economical
As a source of energy, nothing matches the sun. Only a small fraction of the sun’s power output strikes the Earth, but even that provides 10,000 times as much as all the commercial energy that humans use on the planet.