New York University, New York, NY
Our team sprouts from a vertical aquaponic farming initiative in our university's makerspace. We are a combination of PhD Candidates and undergraduate students from NYU and Mount Sinai from different departments guided by Dr. Andrea Silverman.
Acklin, Joshua (Ph.D. Student Biomedical Sciences)
Gowayed, Omar (Ph.D. Materials Chemistry)
Kim, Brandon (Politics)
Nevins, Michelle (Environmental Chemistry)
EPA P3 Video Presentation
Using various methods, including mealworms/superworms and genetically modified bacteria, the project evaluates how well plastic (PS and PE) can be composted in urban agriculture. To determine method feasibility and use, an assortment of tests will be run to assess the toxicitiy levels in the composted plastic using FTIR and germination studies in kale plants. In preparation for practical scaling, everything has been done in the context of an aquaponic farm, with the final aim being to minimize food and plastic waste at an indsutrial level in the broader, modern food system.