A new study, conducted by a global team of researchers that includes SEAS Lecturer Rajiv Ghimire and Associate Professor Meha Jain, has analyzed climate-smart agriculture adoption in South Asia. The researchers identified some key barriers as well as strategies to overcome them, which can help farmers adapt to climate change and increase yields, while also helping to conserve soil, water and energy.
The Native Hawaiian notion of “loving the land” through sustainable practices as well as finding justice after the annexation of Hawaii is at the heart of two SEAS master’s projects based in Moloka‘i, the least developed and least visited island in the accessible Hawaiian island chain. The projects are spearheaded by SEAS PhD candidate Malu Castro, whose family is from Moloka‘i. The work of the first project supports one of the largest Land Back efforts in the modern era of the movement, and the second contributes to fostering and maintaining the longstanding tradition of subsistence agricultural production and other efforts to promote food sovereignty on the island.
In 2022, the state legislature in Lansing passed a series of waste-related tie-barred house bills, which were updates to Part 115. Part 115 of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act focuses on solid waste management. SEAS master's student Katelyn Heflin looked into those updates and the broader trend of the growth of a controversial technology called “chemical recycling.”
SEAS alumna Ericka Popovich (MS ’10) is the senior director of operations at Blue Water Baltimore, where she supports the nonprofit’s community programs with the mission of ensuring that all Baltimore residents have access to clean water and greener neighborhoods. She was drawn to SEAS to understand human behavior and its role in educating people about environmental sustainability.