A new way to produce energy from agricultural waste, a recycled device that can provide cheap and efficient electricity in developing countries, and a smart phone application that allows shoppers to check the carbon footprint of grocery items with the click of a button. These are just a few of the cutting edge sustainability solutions advanced by enterprising environmental innovators – all students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
The ideas were born out of an annual innovation competition hosted by the Nelson Institute Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment. The contest is in its fourth year and open to all UW-Madison undergraduate and graduate students. Go here for more information on the Global Stewards Sustainability Prize.