Last week, Antony Castro River (’14, Costa Rica) was awarded with the prestigious Sustainability Prize for his graduation project entitled “Implementation of demonstrative adaptations for sustainability for an urban household in Heredia, Costa Rica.” At EARTH, all fourth-year students complete a graduation project, which is similar to a senior thesis at other universities.
The goal of Anthony’s graduation project was to analyze trash generated by an urban household, build a production system of vegetables and medicinal plants and combine the elements of energy, water, waste and food consumption to develop a sustainable and integrated model that can be used in urban areas.
Anthony will receive a $10,000 award, with $1,000 going to his high school and the rest will go towards implementing his project. The prize is sponsored by The Sustainability Laboratory in recognition of the graduation project that best incorporates the Five Core Principles of Sustainability: the material domain, the economic domain, the domain of life, the social domain and the spiritual domain. These principles were developed by founder Dr. Michael Ben-Eli and are the subject of a yearly seminar with third and fourth-year students at the University. EARTH and The Sustainability Laboratory share a holistic vision of sustainability, seeking to balance human activities and food production with the conservation and protection of the environment.
Honorable mentions also go to Marianela Chaves Rivera (’14, Costa Rica) for her graduation project entitled “Integrated management plan for water resources in the community of San Juan North of Poás” and to Issa Daniela Secaira (’14, Guatemala) for “Proposal for an agro-ecological integrated farm model and training center in Chuitzanchaj, Sololá, Guatemala.”
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