The Biofuels Business and Outreach sub-team is continuing their partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Suffolk County on a podcast project, as well as beginning a new partnership with the Shinnecock Nation Environmental Department and the NYS Water Resources Institute. In the podcast, they will discuss Indigenous peoples' perspectives on topics like water quality and the impact of ocean acidification on coastal communities. In December of 2021, the team was awarded a $3,000 Engaged Opportunity Grant from Cornell's Einhorn Center for Community Engagement. The team has spent time researching the Shinnecock Nation, environmental issues facing Long Island, and cultural impacts as a result of climate change. From this research, B&O has developed many questions and prompts that they plan to ask the Shinnecock representatives on the podcast when they record. Some topics of inquiry include environmental racism, declining shellfish populations, receding shorelines, ocean acidification, overfishing water quality issues, government actions/their effectiveness, and traditional ecological knowledge. Once the podcast is completed, the team hopes to extend this work to develop engineering solutions to the environmental problems discussed during the recording.
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