Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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Sustainable Living Senior Project: Off the Grid RV

Sustainable Living major Ree Meador always dreamed of traveling the US visiting and working at sustainable communities and eco-villages.  It didn’t make much sense to Ree to travel in the conventional, high carbon way, so she decided that for her senior project she would modify an RV (recreational vehicle) to use as few natural resources and create as little pollution as possible.

After brainstorming and planning her project with adviser Mark Stimson, Ree began a campaign on indiegogo to raise the funds necessary for tools and materials.  Although she did not reach her ultimate goal of $3,000 she did get almost 2/3 of the way there, collecting $1,967 dollars from well wishers across the country.

Ree kept a careful blog of all her work throughout the process of getting the RV off the grid and road worthy, and it’s a very worthwhile read for anyone considering a similar project.  There are several “mini projects” within the blog such as home made solar panels, a solar oven, and a composting toilet that you may want to attempt in your free time.

Since completing her senior project Ree has graduated from MUM and begun her trek around the country with a stop in Florida to visit family, not a bad place to be in the dead of winter!  Ree’s final official grade report shows her on the President’s Honor roll 3 out of 4 semesters with a final cumulative GPA of 3.9.  Great work, Ree!

We hope to keep you updated on Ree’s travels as she moves about the country, so stay tuned for further blog posts.

Has this post inspired you to take on a new project?  What would your senior project be if you were a Sustainable Living student at MUM?  From building an off the grid home, to designing Sustainable Living curriculum for elementary school students, to making a Permaculture plan for a local family looking to maximize use and sustainability of their land – the possibilities are endless.

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