What if the arid southwest could yield crops that were profitable and drought friendly? The College of Education’s Sara Chavarria is collaborating on the Sustainable Bioeconomy for Arid Regions (SBAR) project led by University of Arizona professor Kim Ogden on the mass production of new biofuels and bioproducts in the Southwestern U.S. The five-year grant of up to $15 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture includes summer workshops for secondary school teachers.
The participating teachers in Arizona and New Mexico will learn about the bioeconomy, bioproducts, and biofuels being researched and will be partnered with a graduate student in agriculture or engineering. Together they will co-design lessons for their students. Learn more about becoming an SBAR teacher. This project was recently highlighted in UA News; read about it.