Three Humboldt State students, with less than a week left before they graduate, are headed to Sacramento on Thursday for the annual California State University Student Researcher Awards ceremony.
Cheyenna Burrows, Jenna Kelmser and Wyatt Kozelka, all of whom majored in environmental science management, have created a modeling tool as their capstone research project, a tool to determine the carbon footprint a indoor or mixed-light cannabis grow.
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The students coordinated with Humboldt Green, an Arcata cannabis consulting business created by Stephen Gieder, and used some of the information from an earlier model Gieder and others created for use by the city of Arcata.
Gieder’s involvement came from his relationship with HSU professor Kevin Fingerman, who was the faculty advisor for the students, and Gieder was able to provide support in the efforts.
“This project aligns well with the work we are doing,” Gieder said Tuesday. “I was aware of the project and was able to introduce them to some of the new technology and the best practices that can really help farmers, with indoor or mixed-light grows, to conserve energy.”