Research of CBD Products in New Mexico- Jason Farmer

The goal of this project was to work with a local farm, Road Runner CBD, to learn more Screen Shot 2020-04-09 at 8.37.20 AMabout 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.

Repurpose on Purpose- Destiny Conkle

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.


Old Town Recycling- Willem Cushman

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 Picture1tourist 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.

GreenCan- Josh Parks

For my Sustainability Studies Capstone Project, I set out to create, install, and establish the necessary framework for managing a receptacle specially designed to handle Satellite Coffee’s compostable cups. This outcome was not actualized this semester, but I did make some great connections along the way and shifted the Overton Window in the Screen Shot 2020-04-17 at 8.44.30 PMright direction, if only incrementally.
By a twist of fate and some healthy encouragement by Program Director Bruce Milne, I found myself partnered with Mechanical Engineering PhD student, Abu Bakar Siddique. Together, we began fleshing out the groundwork for a startup company focused on building and selling GreenCan, solar-powered smart receptacles, and recorded a business pitch which we submitted in Lobo Rainforest’s Virtual Student Pitch Competition. The winners of this competition will receive a cash prize from a pool of $5000; fingers crossed!

Our Legacy- Jade Tencza

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 Bloggable Snapshotthat 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.

Finding Your Place in Sustainability- Coleman Piburn

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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.

EcoDistrcits– A Framework for Sustainable Community Development- Cordell Bock

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.

Emergency Management Advisory Council- Daniel Martin Strones

For my capstone project for sustainability studies, I used my previous experience serving on the groundbreaking Interagency Wildfire Management Team in Los Alamos during Picture1the 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.

Improved Quality of life:: Meditative Atmosphere + Medicinal Plants Kathrine – Schanwald Faul

Diminished levels of stress, anxiety, depression, and insomnia among college students is ideal for academic/lifelong professional success. According to a survey of 190 universities, 61% of students reported having anxiety, 49% suffer from depression, and 45% claim they are stressed out (CCMH 2016). Sleep disorders are now recognized as a public health concern with significant consequences on the academic life of students (Choueiry, Nour et al. 2016). Busy schedules, skepticism about meditation and plants with medicinal qualities, and a lack of meditation/relaxation areas on college campuses, Capstone 499 Projectfurther advances these issues.

Practicing meditation has been proven to affectively decrease stress levels. In addition, plants with medicinal qualities such as valerian, skullcap, peppermint, and lavender offer the same relief. The yurt acts as a meditative atmosphere where individuals may go to sit and quietly meditate, study, read, smell the aroma of depression and stress fighting lavender, and/or pick up a tea bag of anxiety- soothing valerian. Combining medicinal plants, suggestions and tips on meditation types, and a relaxing environment results in an easily transportable installation designed to improve quality of life.

Edible Plants of Albuquerque & Beyond – Allison Merrell

Knowledge of the plants that surround us and their uses has been passed down for centuries, and this project sought to make this information more accessible through free zines and plant identification walks. Knowledge of forgeable wild plants and their uses is very much a food justice issue. Food justice and food sovereignty movements critique the structural inequalities that play into the unequal distribution of resources among people, and through this project I hope to stimulate these conversations with my community members and create space for the inclusion of foraging in this dialogue. The zine 6FF3A199-691F-4705-9EBC-FAC38C222734includes monthly in-season wild edible plants, how to identify them, where to find them, and how to prepare them with other local seasonal ingredients into delicious vegan recipes. I focused on both the inclusion of local fresh produce and the exclusion of animal products in my monthly recipes to try to create a collection of recipes tied together by their sustainable nature and to paint the fullest picture of what what one of many options for a unconventional sustainable diet can look like. A parallel to conversations about food justice is the discussion of the disproportionate amount of resources required to support an omnivorous diet as opposed to one free from animal products. While some education on vegan and vegetarian diets was included in the zine, I believe the silent exclusion of animal products from my recipes speaks to the ease of reducing meat and dairy in one’s own diet on any scale.

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