Voice of America features students' Eco-park design

An award-winning eco-park concept aiming at informing the public about the systems bringing food to dinner tables and the waste it produces, developed by students in The Design Process class at Texas A&M, was featured in a Nov. 26 Voice of America newscast.

Undergraduate landscape architecture students Beau Barnette and Aaron Kotwal were members of an interdisciplinary group, Team Giving Tree, which developed the concept that won the 2012 Thought for Food Global Challenge, a worldwide contest seeking solutions to the world’s most pressing food issues.

“With the eco-park, we allow people to go to a standard location … where they can find the newest information and find people trying to educate, be an activist and move things forward,” Barnette told the VOA’s Kim Lewis.  

“We should look at the way that food is currently produced, where it’s produced, how it’s transported and why, and maybe reconsider how we organize ourselves around food,” he said.

The group created the proposal during the spring 2012 semester in the college’s Design Process class, in which students develop innovative ideas and patentable inventions.

See related tamuTimes story:
Future Global Food Security a Focus of Texas A&M Student Innovators

posted December 5, 2012