Students from the UK Paducah campus ESW (Engineers for a Sustainable World) attended the annual conference at Northwestern University in Chicago this past weekend. The Paducah chapter spent the weekend attending various panel discussions and workshops ranging from, “The Power of Re-thinking and Pioneering Energy” to “Green Minds: Sustainability in Higher Education”. Keynote speaker, Jill Boughton President and CEO of W2Worth innovations and a former 20 year employee of Procter & Gamble, discussed “waste as a resource”. Her company has designed and implemented multiple unique municipal systems in the Philippines that use cutting-edge technology in conjunction with local junk pickers to turn trash into valuable byproducts like electricity, gas for refrigeration, and diesel.
The UK Paducah ESW chapter was founded in 2012 by students who had an interest in better understanding sustainable practices within the engineering field, as well as, bridging the gap between their studies and practical initiatives that could impact their own campus. Students, faculty, and the public who would like to know about ESW can visit, www.eswusa.org.