Some members of the CONSERVE team were in Cape Town, South Africa this week to share our work with over 800 attendees at the 3rd International Conference on Global Food Security. The conference was focused on exploring an integrated approach to identifying solutions to the complex global challenge of food security.
CONSERVE Project Director Dr. Amy Sapkota will be a guest speaker on the monthly webinar series offered by the Climate Learning Network on Thursday December 7th at 3pm EST. The webinar is entitled "The CONSERVE Program: Transdisciplinary Research, Extension, and Education at the Nexus of Sustainable Water Reuse, Food and Health". Please see the following link for more information and instructions on how to join the webinar: http://www.forestrywebinars.net/webinars/the-conserve-program-transdisciplinary-research-extension-and-education-at-the-nexus-of-sustainable-water-reuse-food-and-health/
Join the webinar to hear more about CONSERVE and our work!
The CONSERVE Mid-Atlantic Team met for lunch at the Wye Research & Education Center in Queenstown, Maryland this week. Co-PDs, students, staff, and collaborators gathered for our annual lunch meeting to share project updates and discuss activities for the upcoming year. Co-PD Robert Percival of the University of Maryland Baltimore provided an update on the laws, regulations and policies surrounding nontraditional irrigation sources in different states across the US. The team is pictured here on the scenic grounds of the Wye REC.
CONSERVE Collaborator Dr. Clive Lipchin of the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies in Israel recently visited the Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Arizona to deliver a guest lecture. His talk, entitled “Water, Wastewater, and Energy Solutions for Off-grid Bedouin, Palestinian, and Jordanian Communities”, detailed the problems faced by the Bedouin people living in the Negev, including lack of access to basic services such water, sanitation and solid waste. The Arava Institute is piloting a program to develop an on-site, off-grid wastewater treatment and reuse system to treat and recycle grey water (kitchen and bathroom water) for irrigation and livestock watering in the Bedouin community. View Dr. Lipchin’s slides and a recording of his talk.
CONSERVE celebrated its one year anniversary in March 2017. Check out our annual report to see what we’ve been up to! From field sampling to consumer and grower surveys to development of new, innovative technologies, CONSERVE has been busy on its mission to facilitate the adoption of transformative on-farm treatment solutions that enable the safe use of nontraditional irrigation water on food crops.
Also check out what we’ve got planned for year 2, which will be filled with many new and exciting activities for the CONSERVE team. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook for even more updates!
The CONSERVE project was on display at the UMD College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR) Open House on October 14th at the Central Maryland Research and Education Center in Ellicott City, MD. Held annually in the fall, the AGNR Open House draws a broad, eager audience from around the state, and displays research and projects related to the college. The CONSERVE team was on hand to teach adults and kids about recycled water with fun, interactive activities and awesome CONSERVE swag! Kids and adults got to make their own water filtration units to understand the importance of clean water, and kids got bubbles and coloring books to take home. See you next year at the AGNR Open House!
CONSERVE Scholars* traveled to the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) in Annapolis, MD to learn data analysis techniques and explore all the new and exciting datasets generated by the CONSERVE project.
*CONSERVE Scholars are graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and technicians who are conducting research under a CONSERVE activity.
The CONSERVE Team is well represented in Tampa, Florida for the annual IAFP meeting!
The International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) Annual meeting will be held from July 9-12, 2017 in Tampa, FL. CONSERVE will be sponsoring an early morning breakfast on Monday July 10 from 7 AM to 8:30 AM in Rooms 8-9 of the Convention Center for networking and CONSERVE updates. All CONSERVE team members who will be at the IAFP 2017 conference are invited to attend the breakfast meeting. Please contact Dr. Kalmia Kniel at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.