My Spring 2020 capstone project consists of a living “how-to” guide for an apartment balcony and/or patio vegetable garden, which was implemented and revised several times during the Spring 2020 semester. I bought almost all materials needed for this project from local thrift shops and garden centers, or else borrowed or recycled these materials. This project was executed by seeding eight crop varieties, transplanting those seedlings, and transitioning them fully outside by the second week of April 2020. At every step of this project, I posted all progress and setbacks- as well as solutions to setbacks- onto social media platforms, both Instagram and Facebook (@lillybirdfarms). This project is able to function as a guide for any central-New Mexican residential member wanting a vegetable garden with limited space.
My project is an analysis of what a successful brewery would look like, both in its practical business model and in its physical appearance, if the sustainability three pillars model were applied (Economic, Environmental, and Social well-being). I project consists of me laying out the theoretical and practical approaches to creating a brewery that is sustainable in all senses of the word. I also built a 3d model and visual collage to serve as a first draft of what the design of the building could be, both inside and out.
The goal of this project was to work with a local farm, Road Runner CBD, to learn more about the New Mexican perspective and usage of CBD products. Jason operated a few education pop-up education booths in our local community and created a survey focused on CBD usages. Jason had hoped to physically poll individuals during events like the Sustainability Expo but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, his survey can be found online.
Single-use items make their way to landfills every second of everyday. In the year 2017, about 267.8 million tons of municipal waste is produced per person per day in the United States. In addition, solid waste landfills serve as the third-largest source of human-related methane emissions within the United States. These methane emissions is one of many gases that contributes to a global climate change. How could we prevent the growing of our world’s landfills? This video provides one simple solution to this issue by promoting the repurposing of commonly wasted items to extend their lives and prevent landfill growth. Filled with simple step-by-step tutorials and ideas, this video aims to inspire the cyclical reuse of household items. From coke cans to water bottle lids, many items in the trash can serve another useful purpose within the home. I take you along my journey of discovering the different ways in which the people in our world are repurposing a variety of items and making changes that impact waste production.
My project is a community outreach project centered around the historic Old Town and the need for recycling resources in this area. As many know, Old Town is one of the main tourist attractions in the city, bringing in thousands of tourists a year. What many people don’t think about is the wastefulness that is associated with this historic landmark. A combination of high levels of visitation along with a complete lack of recycling receptacles means that Old Town generates high levels of recyclable waste. Proper recycling bins, for visitors as well as businesses, are needed to curb this problem. Ideally, I would have liked to address both a lack of recycling for visitors as well as the lack of recycling for businesses, but I found one avenue was more productive than the other and decided to focus on that. I discovered that there was a high level of community interest in recycling for businesses, that only needed slight cultivation to see changes. A productive dialogue with the Old Town community as a whole has allowed for the chance at a more sustainable future for such a special place.
My project is a map of the world made out of trash. The trash that was chosen to be put on this map are things that are found most commonly in our landfills and that are heavily polluting our waters. This project is titled “Our Legacy” to really push the idea that this is what we are leaving behind to our world and to the future generations to come after us. I want this project to help people realize that our lifestyle that we have grown comfortable with is destroying our planet and leaving little hope for the future.
Sustainability is one of the quickest evolving job markets out there, meaning it is possible that the job you have spent four years working to prepare yourself for may be obsolete by the time you graduate; similarly the abundance of, and lack of clarity around “green jobs” can render it challenging to select a job or post college trajectory that lines up with your values and interests as an individual motivated by sustainability. For my project titled “Finding Your Place In Sustainability”, I elected to tackle this problem by creating a website to provide future sustainability students with a succinct compilation of relevant and up to date green jobs available and desired in the job market of today. If done correctly this project will serve as a resource to help inform the selection of a capstone project that best aligns with personal passions and inspiration, while concurrently helping students in connecting their project’s theme to similarly inspired career paths, an element that I hope will assist them in the often daunting job hunting process.
Our planet, society, and economic systems are components of sustainability that serve as umbrellas for larger systems that govern our world. The goal of attaining sustainability, for some, is ultimately reaching a point where these components of sustainability can work in equilibrium, or even work to empower one another. Communities, at the forefront of sustainability, serve as the potential catalyst for a sustainable, just world to become our reality. Injustice (environmental and social), poverty, inequities, and climate change are issues in sustainability that test the ability of communities to respond to these issues. This research will explore the framework for sustainable community development as proposed in EcoDistrict initiatives to create not only sustainable communities but to push for a state of resiliency.
For my capstone project for sustainability studies, I used my previous experience serving on the groundbreaking Interagency Wildfire Management Team in Los Alamos during the summer of 1999. What the Council would be is a group that meets monthly to discuss how to address emergency preparedness in Albuquerque. What is unique about this council is that, in addition to representatives from the city’s emergency services there will be representatives from groups historically impacted more by emergencies, like people living with a disability and the Native American nations surrounding the city, as well as a number of minority groups.