Tohono O’odham High School Students Recognized by EPA
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized Jacquel Caron Rivers and Arne Joi Saguni Nipales, seniors at Baboquivari High School in Sells, Arizona as winners of the Patrick H. Hurd Sustainability Award for demonstrating a commitment to environmental sustainability and stewardship. Rivers and Nipales’ “Total Solar Strategy for the Tohono O’Odham Nation” is an energy- and cost-efficient project that uses solar oven technology for storing energy and heating traditional adobe homes on the reservation. Rivers and Nipales were picked out of 1,611 student scientists and engineers competing in the annual Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, Arizona. The Patrick H. Hurd award funds the winning students and a chaperone to participate in and display the students’ project at EPA’s National Sustainable Design Expo featuring the P3: People, Prosperity, and the Planet Student Design Competition for Sustainability in 2014. Held each spring in Washington, D.C., the National Sustainable Design Expo brings together the P3 students, nonprofit organizations, government agencies and businesses working to create a sustainable future.