02 Oct '11, 6pm

Crowdsourcing green

Pat Fuller, the Northwestern student, is on his way. A fellow grad student who had won an award told him about Innocentive, and as he scanned the site a few months ago, EDF’s request for help with fertilizer runoff got his attention. He was inspired to come up with a solution not so much by his current reserch–which is mostly computational, he told me–but by something he’d seen growing up in Rhode Island where he’d worked in a store that sold fruits and vegetables. A farmer there told him that he’d used algae collected from local ponds to help his plants grow faster. So Pat wondered what would happen if the runoff could be captured, and the nitrogen-rich water recyled to grow algae, as fertilizer.

Full article: http://www.marcgunther.com/2011/10/02/crowdsourcing-green/

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