This project features a unique partnership between UMD’s Center for Sustainable Community Development (CSCD) and the City of Silver Bay, MN (links). The goal is to develop an integrated fish, plant and algal production system that will allow communities to create jobs producing their own healthy food and clean energy.
Our challenge is to create a sustainable facility and production system (minimizing the quantity and environmental impacts of any necessary inputs/outputs) at the smallest possible economically viable scale. Our emphasis is on closing input/output loops, minimizing capital and operational inputs (i.e. electrical and heating loads and labor) while creating a healthy and humane working environment. Redundancy is also integrated into the operation to provide flexibility during changing market conditions. The end result is an 9,000 ft2 facility in Silver Bay, MN’s Eco-industrial Park.