UNCG Campus Weekly

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Help Professors Turn Trash into Technology

Hannah Mendoza and Jonathon Anderson, assistant professors of interior architecture, want to refresh the world by recycling trash into design and construction materials. Their success depends on your vote – starting Nov. 1.

Mendoza and Anderson have applied for a $250,000 Pepsi Refresh Challenge grant to create a high tech, low impact design lab at UNCG, open to students, faculty and the community. Designers would use the lab to experiment with and re-imagine trash, an abundant resource, as a design material.

Just getting in the door for the Challenge wasn’t easy, Mendoza says. Pepsi accepts only a thousand applications per month, and those slots fill up in less than 30 seconds. The proposals are detailed online, and the top two vote-getters will get funding.

Voting begins at 6 a.m. Nov. 1 and closes at 6 p.m. Nov. 30. Each person can vote every day.

To vote for the UNCG project, Today’s Trash, Tomorrow’s Technologies:

  1. visit www.pepsirefresh.com/trash2tech
  2. create a user account
  3. vote for Today’s Trash, Tomorrow’s Technologies
  4. return to the page each day to vote again – beginning Nov. 1.

Watch the You Tube video promoting the project at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDSAzTmOyTQ.

The effort’s Facebook page is http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=143923478981379&ref=search