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The Science Barge: an urban sustainable farm & education center

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The Science Barge is a self-sustaining floating farm and environmental education center that will provide an urban link to fresh produce, marine conservation and sustainability. The Barge’s goal is to promote ecological sustainability through public demonstration, education and research projects related to the urban waterfront. In particular, its ability to grow crops without soil in a hydroponic greenhouse powered by... more »
Who are you?

CappSci is a non-profit foundation located in Coconut Grove. Our mission is to apply science to challenges of global significance and solve them by combining people, knowledge, and capital.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

The Science Barge will activate underutilized waterfront & add value to a public park without compromising any green space. The Barge produces food in the urban core using renewable energy & a closed-loop water system, which preserve air & water quality by reducing the trucking of food & eliminating runoff into waterways. The Barge will serve as model for South Florida as a leader in renewable energy & sustainable agriculture, with the ultimate goal of spurring investment & jobs.

What data points from The Our Miami Report does your project address?

The Barge strives to be net zero & will preserve air quality by producing no emissions. All fresh water is re-circulated, ensuring that no nutrients pollute Biscayne Bay. All waste on the Barge is recycled, composted or repurposed encouraging the implementation of these practices in daily life. Taken together, these technologies embody an ecologically conscious approach to food & energy production that, when adopted globally, can slow climate change and mitigate the threat of sea level rise.

Please give examples of your project's success.

The Miami Science Barge expands upon the highly successful NY Science Barge, designed by CappSci founder, Dr. Ted Caplow. Now in its 7th year, the Science Barge has hosted tens of thousands of students and public visitors and appeared in National Geographic, Science, and the Economist, among others. Dr. Caplow’s original design will serve as our model, but adapted to Miami’s sustainability and environmental challenges. A local advisory panel will be led by Dr. Kenny Broad of UM’s RSMAS.

Organization Name (or individuals name) CappSci


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