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Natural Herbicides: For a Greener Campus Environment
July 25 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDTFree
This webinar will cover how colleges can improve the sustainability of weed management on their campuses and engage students in thinking about finding substitutes to environmentally detrimental products and practices. It will provide background information on the natural herbicide developed by Engineers for a Sustainable World Natural Herbicide Project and advise on how to make and use this herbicide as part of a sustainable landscape maintenance program. It will also share ideas of programs to engage students and gardeners in the surrounding community to make sustainable choices in their gardens and in their lives. As such, this webinar will help members of the AASHE community both improve the sustainability of the physical campus environment and promote sustainable thinking amongst students.
Grace Brosofsky, Engineers for a Sustainable World Natural Herbicide Project Founder, Georgia Institute of Technology (previous); Cornell Law School (current)
Grace Brosofsky started the Natural Herbicides Project through the Georgia Tech chapter of Engineers for a Sustainable World in 2014 based on research she had conducted in 2012, for which she was recognized internationally as a Google Science Fair Finalist, Scientific American Science in Action Finalist, and GLOBAL+5 Finalist. She graduated from Georgia Tech in Spring 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering. She is currently pursuing a Juris Doctor at Cornell Law School as a Charles Evans Hughes Scholar and planning to explore legal solutions to environmental problems associated with agriculture as a public interest environmental attorney. She has received multiple awards based on her environmental leadership and research experience, including the School Chair’s Outstanding Senior Award in Environmental Engineering, Georgia Tech AEES (Association of Environmental Engineers and Scientists) Outstanding Student Award, and the Georgia Tech Environmental Leadership Award.
Ilinca Birlea, Engineers for a Sustainable World Natural Herbicides Project, Current Georgia Tech Project Leader, Georgia Institute of Technology
Ilinca Birlea is a third-year undergraduate student at Georgia Tech majoring in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering with a Biotechnology concentration. She joined the Engineers for a Sustainable World Natural Herbicides Project Team this year. She contributes to the team by searching scientific literature for the toxic effects of traditional chemical herbicides and helping prepare a poster presentation on the natural herbicide developed by the team. This semester, she is working on developing community partners interested in using natural weed control methods. Ilinca’s classes and extracurricular activities have focused on molecular biology, which she has studied through a protein analysis project and literature searches on the pathology of human diseases.