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2010 Future City Champion Proclaimed
March 24, 2010

If you were designing a city of the future, how would you ensure the sustainable availability of a safe and plentiful food supply for your population? A few students from Davidson, NC, have a pretty good idea-so good, in fact, that it earned them a national award.

At this year’s Future City Competition national finals, held recently in Washington, DC, students from Davidson International Baccalaureate Middle School earned the award for Best Sustainable Food Production System, sponsored by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE).

The Davidson team made a sustainable agricultural system one of their top design priorities. To feed the residents of their city-dubbed “Mamohatra,” the Malagasi word for “revival”-the Davidson team used environmentally sensitive strategies that put natural resources to their most efficient use. Foods would be produced using micropropagation and grown in vertical hydroponic farms. The nutrients from organic wastes would sustain fish production, while other waste materials would be composted or converted to “agriwaste” construction materials. Plastics would be produced from cellulosic biomass.

In addition to winning the ASABE award, the Davidson team was ultimately proclaimed overall national champion of the 2010 Future City Competition.

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