Tom Thompson, head of the Department of Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences, was recently interviewed on Agrilinks as part of the Digging In series.
Thompson has published more than 50 refereed journal articles and garnered more than $4.5 million in extramural funding in support of research and outreach around the efficient use of irrigation water and nutrients in cropping systems. His most recent research and outreach focused on improving soil health and crop yields in Haiti, Malawi, and Senegal.
Modeled after the successful Master Gardener training program, the award-winning Energy Masters program develops a corps of experts in energy efficiency and weatherization techniques, specifically focusing on weatherization and water conservation in affordable housing apartment building units. Funded by the Arlington County Community Development Fund, the program focuses on increasing energy efficiency for residents in the Arlington County neighborhood focus areas.
A recent episode of Green Scene highlighted the award-winning Arlington Energy Masters program and followed four Washington-Lee High School students as they help to improve the energy efficiency and water conservation efforts in the homes of 17 families living in the affordable housing community at Virginia Gardens.
In addition to participating in the training sessions, volunteers commit to 40 hours of community service over the course of a year and complete an assessment. Once requirements have been met they are certified as Arlington Energy Masters.
This program also includes outreach and education focusing on how residents can save energy, water, and money and help the planet. Volunteers help educate residents on ways they can further increase their living comfort through easy, practical changes in their habits, which maximize their cost savings as well.