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Taking Kendall to The Classroom

Student Spotlight

UMass Dartmouth, Senior, Sociology Major, Alyssa Fennyery

By: Marketing Manager Intern, UMass Dartmouth Kendall, Michaella Lesieur

Senior sociology major Alyssa Fennyery is working hard to implement Kendall into her own studies here at UMass Dartmouth and is taking it to the next level with her Sustainability in Action class. We sat down with her to explore her project a little further in this one on one interview on ocean farming and how we can implement sustainability in our own efforts.


Explain what inspired you to explore this topic for your project?


For my class on sustainability in action we had to choose a solution to climate

change from Project Drawdown. I chose the topic Ocean Farming as a solution

since I am interested in the ocean, host a lot of beach clean ups and just love

everything about the ocean. Ocean farming is a concept that involves the

development of smaller-scaled farms where complementary species are

cultivated to help provide food and biofuel, clean up the environment, and

reverse climate change.


Ocean farming holds many important viewpoints from food production, food security, a provider of significant employment/livelihood opportunities, and a source of income

Generation. Seaweed and finfish are major components of this practice and are

sustainable when farming is done correctly. Kelp is a type of seaweed and it’s

uses are something that is unknown to others especially in communities like New

Bedford.


How do you plan to execute your project?


On December 11th, I have to present my solution ocean farming to children and

their families, the ages of the children are Kindergarten through 8th grade. This

Drawdown Fair is put on by the Buttonwood Park Zoo in New Bedford. I plan to

present my solution to this audience as an easy way for their families and them

to understand the role of ocean farming and how ocean farming is sustainable

and could be used to help reverse climate change.


Obviously, climate change isn’t going to be fixed overnight. So, these solutions when

others are educated and they matter to the people those are the solutions that can be

beneficial and help make a difference even if it’s small. I plan to have a poster, some

seaweed/kelp products to show to these families and students and an educational

activity that would make learning seem more hands on and fun.


What goals have you set? What do you hope the kids will get out of it?


The goals that I have set are to come up with an interactive fun way to get these

children involved in the process of ocean farming. My goal is to educate and

provide a solution that can be followed by everyone and not just children.

Something that they can take with them rather than just being something that

they see at one point in their lives and then done. I want this to be something that

could potentially be beneficial and a change in their everyday lives.


How do you implement the Kendall mission into your own life?


I can implement the Kendall mission into my life because after learning about

ocean farming by finding better and more sustainable ways to produce,

distribute, and consume food, this can support the health of my family and myself

and benefit the environment.


What do you feel is the most important thing people should know when first

learning about your project?


The most important thing that people should know is what climate change is and

how it affects everyone, and everyone can make a difference with the solutions

that are offered from Project Drawdown. I also think that people should know that

ocean farming can be unsustainable but that’s because it’s not done right.


Stay tuned for more updates and features as more students work to implement our mission of sustainability by incorporating more local underutilized fish and kelp into their everyday lives.

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