EARTH student finalist in Bayer Young Environmental Envoy

Filed Under: EARTH News
Date: September 27th, 2013

Rodrigo Kohlmann ('13, Mexico) finalist in Bayer Young Environmental Envoy.

Rodrigo Kohlmann Reyes (’13, Mexico) represented EARTH as one of five finalists in the Bayer Young Environmental Envoy of Central America and the Caribbean. The project is a collaboration between Bayer and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and was created to foster environmental leadership and awareness of green issues among the world’s youth.  Two students will go on to represent Costa Rica at the world conference in Germany in November 2013.

Scholars from the University of Costa Rica (UCR), the National University of Costa Rica (UNA) and EARTH University between the ages of 18-24 presented projects in renewable energy and solid waste management, and were judged by members of the Costa Rican Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE), UCR faculty and Bayer representatives.

The project that Kohlmann presented is a dry anaerobic reactor or biodigester that converts organic household waste into biogas, and was developed as part of a graduation project with students Rui Madime (’13, Mozambique), Jesus Castrezana (’13, Mexico) and Jorge Ferraté (’13, Guatemala). A working example of the reactor is currently installed near the Center for Renewable Energy Research (CIDER) building on EARTH’s campus.

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