Since 2006 the Solar C³ITIES team has been assisting communities around the world in the development of their own sustainability solutions.
Bring Solar C³ITIES home and community scale biodigestion to your community!
Solar C³ities works around the globe "connecting community catalysts integrating technologies for industrial ecology solutions". We run our own projects and we work on other organization's projects, creating synergies and shepherding symbiosis. We specialize in the nexus between Natural and Industrial Ecology, looking for ever more productive co-evolving relationships between Microbes, Plants, Animals (human and non-human) Fungi, Protzoa and Geophysical Processes.
Ashlee Painter lead students from the Patel Collge of Global Sustainability at USF Tampa on an adventure into the unknown with Saltwater digesters to combat coastal pollution and climate change.
The best way to describe the experience is through the words of our Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Student Kaitlin Davis who wrote in her class relational summary on
we built a solar cities IBC tank biodigester at the Mermaid Tavern on 41 Nebraska Avenue. Be a part of our few Nexus team starting with food waste to fuel and fertilizer and eventually aquaponics and hydroponics in one of the first restaurants to go zero waste and grow local food. You can be a part of the dream. And for those of you who have already built with us, come make Florida great... again!
After two years of discussion and planning since my first visit to the University of South Florida, my students and I from the Patel College of Global Sustainability completed a new year's build of "twin dragon" solar CITIES IBC Biodigesters with floating IBC gas holder.
Cold snaps in Florida kept them from producing methane until the end of February, but they will now each take a bucket of grease trap waste from the Moffet Cancer Center Green Team here on campus!
Working with fellow National Geographic Explorer Dr. Luke Dollar, Chair of the Center for the Environment and Catawba College's Department of Environment and Sustainability and his students, T.H. and Enas Culhane built a "twin dragon" Solar CITIES IBC tank digester system with floating IBC tank gas holder inside the greenhouse on campus. The system has 100 foot of pex coil in each tank connected to a propane gas water heater to circulate hot water in the system and will eventually be switched to biogas.
As part of our Green Faith Initiative we have introduced Biodigesters to the USF Hillel Center shepherded by visionary green Rabbi Ed Rosenthal. and Program Director Sylvie Feinsmith to complement their community garden (of Eatin!).
They make some fine home-made ice cream at the USF Hillel and whatever melts or isn't eaten... can turn back into fuel and fertilizer! Thanks to Ed and Sylvie and the staff of Hillel for being the first place on USF campus to "adopt a dragon".
HomeBiogas representatiive Tracy Love Tippin and Patel College of Global Sustianability Professor T.H. Culhane, along with HomeBiogas Israel, made a donation of a HomeBiogas unit to Sacred Lands and built a Solar CITIES tank based system, this time (for the first time since our build in Kayseri Turkey at Eciyes University in December of 2016) ) using a used pill shaped water/fuel tank.
The system at the St. Petersburg Eco-village was built on a USF Interdisciplinary Grant awarded to Dr. David Randle for collaborative research in the UN Observatories areas he established. This is a project being conducted with USF and Patel College Dean Richard Berman and Dr. Louis Zunguze with the team of Ecovillage Permaculture Leader Cristy Abbot and founder Chris Kenrick.
In Brooksville Florida we built two biodigesters at Koreen Brennan's "Our Permaculture Farm" -- first we assembled the Israel Home Biogas system she had purchased and then on another day we did a workshop where we built a Solar CITIES floating IBC biodigester.
Mathis Thørrisen and Colby and Anna Marie and their team at Hillsborough Community College built this Solar Cities floating IBC system for their Sustainable Living Expo on campus. We will build an identical one at MOSI on Monday with Ian Reed and students. We hope every school and science museum will " adopt a dragon" and make biodigester tech a core part of STEAM education. Well done HCC!
Across from the Lowry Park Zoo, next to the Salvation Army on Sligh Avenue in Tampa lies the 1 acre paradise called the Sustainable Living Center, created by visionary urban resilience pioneer Will Carey. With out Patel College Students we built a Solar CITIES IBC tank liquid compost biodigester to complement the composting operation they have on site, producing rich fertilizer for their garden.
At the Rosebud Continuum, working with students from Professor Thomas Culhane's Food/Energy/Water Nexus class and the great crew of the Bishop Construction Company lead by Ervin Sonny Bishop, Brian Bishop and Maryann Bishop, we completed Florida's second Puxin 10m3 digester, next to the first one we had built above ground, called the Solar CITIES dragon, several months prior. The second one is half buried underground with only the neck standing out.