Imagine hopping on SEPTA and seeing fresh fruits and veggies that you can pluck right off the car walls.
This is the vision of student Anabella Castellanos ’24, who was recently accepted into the 2023 Our Future is Science Mentorship Program for her work through CEL, called Green Line Greenhouse. Her project, conceived as a capstone alongside Veronica Gula ’24 last spring and now her focus in the Venture Accelerator, centers on turning public transportation vehicles into hybrid mobile greenhouses in Philadelphia. SEPTA cars with fresh fruits and vegetables, she says, could help alleviate issues of food insecurity around the city or simply be a “healthy food option for people on the go.”
Our Future is Science is a joint program between the Aspen Institute and Coda Societies “that aims to position societally minded youth as leaders and innovators who will push science forward in the 21st century.” The mentorship program, which comes with a $1,000 stipend, enables Anabella to meet with scientists and mentors every other week.
“I am excited to get the chance to work with scientists from all over and hear their opinions on this project,” she says. “Being able to have mentors help guide me in the right direction will benefit both Green Line and myself greatly, and I’m excited to see where this program will lead me!”
We can’t wait to see what grows! #SCHproud