Local zoos spend hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in sending out animal waste for treatment; we want to propose a sustainable solution in the treatment of this toxic waste with the most environmentally friendly, economical, and beneficial material - algae. By starting with the Phoenix Zoo, we (myself and 3 other undergrads in engineering) will implement a low upkeep algae trough to sanitize the animal waste, extract nutrients from the waste, and harvest the algal bioproduct for use as healthy animal feed. The zoo saves money, the animals get to eat a feed full of vitamins and antioxidants, and the process will leave the e-footprint of a butterfly.
If you would like to hear more, Charlie Rodriguez (project team leader) and I will be presenting at Ignite on November 16th from 6pm - 9pm in Aravaipa Auditorium on the Polytechnic campus.
For more information on Ignite @ ASU visit community.asu.edu/igniteasu & to RSVP to the event!