Sarasota Bay Estuary Program thanks New College Student Volunteers

From Sarasota Bay Estuary Program Facebook, September 24, 2018

Thanks to the volunteers and New College of Florida students who helped us tie a bow on National #EstuariesWeek 2018! We spent Saturday morning visiting preserves around Manatee County to participate in the Tea Bag Index project. The Tea Bag Index is a global citizen science initiative to increase awareness and understanding of carbon sequestration in ecosystems around the world. We buried tea bags in 34 locations and will return in December to dig them up and determine how much tea decomposed. Sites where less tea decomposes are likely good carbon sinks, meaning that they absorb more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than they release. Sites like these are critical to mitigating global climate change. Endless thanks to our partners Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department and Tampa Bay Estuary Program.

Located in Sarasota, New College of Florida has educated intellectually curious students for lives of great achievement since its founding in 1960. As the State of Florida’s designated honors college, New College provides an exceptional education that transforms students’ intellectual curiosity into personal accomplishment. The 110-acre campus on Sarasota Bay is home to more than 700 students and 80 full-time faculty engaged in interdisciplinary research and collaborative learning. New College offers nearly 40 areas of concentration for undergraduates and a master’s degree program in Data Science.

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