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This Summer, I'm pleased to have the opportunity to work with The Agrarian Group. As a rising junior at Villanova, I see renewable energy and sustainable food as mission critical for the future of humankind. Part of my focus this summer will include Agrivoltaic research into the most cost-effective ways to use land as well as create electricity for indoor farming. I will also research energy efficiency to help growers reduce their operating expenses. The Agrarian Group has partnered with the Energy Intelligence Center, which has excellent resources and strategic alliances for HVAC energy savings.
As I undertake the research, I welcome any feedback or links from companies that can add value to the controlled environment agriculture marketplace. My email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Highlights on my background: I am pursuing a Mechanical Engineering degree, as well as a minor in Sustainable Engineering. Along with this I am a member of the Student Sustainability Committee.
I was inspired to work with The Agrarian Group, because of their vision to help change the world for the better. Here are two excerpts of content from the website: Why: The Agrarian Group was started as an answer to a question - How will we feed the projected 9.1 Billion people that will reside on earth in 2050? To achieve this, we need to increase our already stressed agricultural production by 70%. How do we grow better? Problem: No question of this gravity is that simple. As a species, we face the most complex and deadly problems we have ever encountered. Erratic weather events caused by climate change destroy crop yields each year. Pesticides have ruined our soil and water scarcity has become a national security issue. 70% of food cost is linked to fossil fuels, and prices are only expected to rise. The average food item travels 1500 miles to reach it's destination. However, despite everything we do, 40% of all food in the United States is thrown away post-harvest.