I Am Duke Environment - Photo Contest Spring 2018 Winners

  • Financing sustainable development in Rwanda

    Financing sustainable development in Rwanda, grand prize winner
    by Michael Rinaldi (MEM’15, EE)

    "As Sustainability Officer at DLL, Michael Rinaldi's responsibilities include expanding access to credit by leading the company's microleasing projects in Kenya, Rwanda, and Zambia. Microleasing is a financial product that can be implemented at MFIs and has proven to expand access to credit, stimulate economic growth, and enable entrepreneurs in emerging markets to acquire low cost assets to start or expand their business. Under a microlease, the equipment acts as collateral for entrepreneurs who haven’t been able to build up the collateral or credit necessary for a traditional loan.

    Prince Florentin Nsabiyumuva (pictured inspecting honey with Michael Rinaldi) is the lead representative of the Hills of Nature Beekeepers Cooperative, a group comprised of 10 secondary school and college students who harvest and sell honey outside of Nyabugogo, Rwanda. The cooperative has been in existence for 2-3 years and has financed many critical beekeeping assets through Umutanguha’s microleasing offering, such as: beehive boxes, beekeeping suits, centrifuges, honey dispenses, bottles, caps, seals, and raw materials- bees. Enabled by microleasing, Hills of Nature members are able to use the profits from beekeeping to pay their student fees, which many use to continue their education studying Food and Agriculture. Their cooperative is providing them a source of income and supporting their future ambitions."

  • Size Matters!

    Size Matters!
    by KC Bierlich (PhD student, 2nd year, MSC)

    "Humpback whales migrate thousands of kilometers each year from their breeding grounds in the tropics to their feeding grounds in the Antarctic. Once in Antarctica, they spend the entire austral summer constantly feeding on krill and undergo a massive increase in body size. Here, I use a drone to capture an image of a particularly large and curious humpback whale in Antarctica. The size of a humpback whale can have a big influence on its health and survival rate. Drones serve as a non-invasive tool for collecting images of whales throughout the feeding season in Antarctica to help understand how humpbacks become so large. I am Duke Environment because I travel to these extreme environments and use this non-invasive technology to help monitor the size and health of these wild populations."

    People featured in Photo: Dr. Dave Johnston – Associate Professor of the Practice of Marine Conservation & Ecology at Duke University and Director of the Duke Marine Robotics and Remote Sensing Lab, also Duke PhD Alum; Dr. Ari Friedlaender – Duke PhD Alum, currently Associate Researcher at UC Santa Cruz.

  • The "Rock" Band

    The "Rock" Band
    by Peishu Li (B.S. Earth and Ocean Sciences, junior)

    "One of the highlights of our EOS402 fieldtrip to Hawaii came on a cloudy, windy Wednesday afternoon, when we hiked for three hours into the East Rift Zone in search for fresh lava flows at the Pu'U'O'o crater. Erupting since 1983, this was one of the more long-lived eruption episodes known at Kilauea volcano, and we were awestruck to witness one of the most perennial and magnificent processes that has shaped our Earth in geologic history, and continues to modify this planet today."

    People featured in Photo:Dr. Alan E. Boudreau, Katie Taylor, Hailey Prevett, Jenn Marsh, Eric Reit, Michaela Stith, Peishu Li

  • Better boilers

    Better boilers
    by Elihu Dietz (MEM’18, EE)

    "The energy consumed in buildings accounts for about 40% of the emissions in the U.S. Reducing emissions means lowering energy consumption. This boiler, in Forrestdale Middle School in Rumson, New Jersey, burns natural gas and is getting a tune-up. But many buildings in the Northeast still burn fuel oil, which leads to higher CO2 and particulate matter emissions. Funding for expensive energy equipment can be hard to find, especially for schools. Through my summer fellowship with EDF Climate Corps , I helped school districts in Monmouth County track their energy use and helped them use state incentive programs to finance large energy efficiency projects. Using financial and policy incentives to drive smart economic and environmental decisions is what makes me #DukeEnvironment."

  • Rafting in Patagonia

    Rafting in Patagonia
    by Bobbi Lesser (MEM’18, BE)

    "I spent my winter break traveling around South America with a fellow American MEM, Paraguayan MEM/MBA and Peruvian Fuqua student. We visited two Natural Wonders of the World – Machu Picchu in Peru and Iguaçu Falls in Brazil – and stopped off at Itaipu Dam, one of the largest dams in the world. We spent New Year's Eve in southern Chile, and this picture was taken during our rafting trip in Patagonia. It was a wonderful trip that allowed us to see the incredible beauty of the South American landscape. People featured in Photo:Bobbi Lesser, MEM'18, Emily True, MEM'18, Lorena Vazquez da Silva, MEM/MBA '19"