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On-Site Biological Graywater Treatment

Originally delivered Aug 1, 2012
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    Archived Webinar
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    1 hour
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An Appalachian State University research team, is innovating the field of biolgical water treatment by applying a proven technology to salon and spa wastewater to create functional, multipurpose, "living art" within a small business environment. In this informative webinar you will learn how to "Grow Clean Water".

The presentation will highlight the following:

  • History of EPA (P3) People, Prosperity, and the Planet research competition
  • Appalachian State University's commitment to sustainability & participation in EPA P3
  • Concept of phytoremediation & how it applies to water purification
  • History of "Living Machines" and the concept of ecological waste water treatment
  • The purpose behind "Grow Clean Water" and the significance of applying this technology to salons & spas
  • The research process, how, why, and what now
  • Overcoming limitations: space, lighting, cost,
  • Current research results from Grow Clean Water, including chemical analysis and plant health analysis
  • Public response to the idea of using a miniature wetland to filter water in an indoor environment
  • Future research
  • Applications of research results and future expectations of project

Bobbie Swinson

Bobbie Swinson recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Appropriate Technology and minor in Community and Regional Planning from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina and will be entering graduate school for both of the same programs in Fall 2012. A hair stylist of more than ten years now, she has been the catalyst behind research that involves the design of an indoor “living system” of various plant species that work to remove contaminants from water while adding aesthetic value to the space and simultaneously educating the general public about sustainable water...Read more

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