The Rachel Carson Healthy Planet Award is for high school and community college students dedicated to sustainability and community development.
Polli will oversee two workshops inspired by her work Energy Flow, an environmentally-minded lighting installation currently on display on the Rachel Carson Bridge.
“I saw an opportunity to offset some of the product coming in from California, Mexico or Florida."
The technology would offer a sustainable, cost-effective method of converting CO2 into methanol, which is considered a viable, environmentally-friendly alternative to fossil fuels.
“We're approaching this problem to improve the quality of our rivers, but also to improve the quality of our neighborhoods and the places where people live."
The project requires students and faculty to gather data on soil moisture levels around Pittsburgh and use the information to determine how green infrastructure could help with stormwater management.
“These kinds of technologies allow you to collect data in ways that weren't possible before, and to do it efficiently, cost-effectively and easily."
“The goal of the series has always been to challenge our own community to think bigger and dream about what's possible for our region.”
Located in a former steel plating facility, the 18,000-square-foot space will house 125 members of the company's locally hired sales and installation teams, as well as a storage unit for panels and supplies.
“Our plan is to make sure there isn't a park in Pittsburgh without a recycling container.”