JMU grads in sustainability competition this week

Matt Fenzel and Colin Wright designed a sustainable water pumping and irrigation system as seniors in JMU’s integrated science and technology program. They’re hoping their design will net them a $75,000 grant so they can implement their project in Kenya. They’ve already received nearly $6,000 from the Environmental Protection Agency for the project and are competing in the National Sustainable Design Expo in Washington, D.C., April 20-22.

According to the project proposal, “when implemented, [the system] will increase crop yield and economic well-being of the community, decrease hunger, educate and increase the overall quality of life for the Namawanga Community.”

Sounds like a world-changing idea. We wish them well in the competition.


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