Waste Management Strategies for Sittee River, Belize

Evvan V. Morton

Arizona State University

Evvan Morton, from Cincinnati, Ohio, is a Sustainable Engineering PhD student at Arizona State University. She is also pursuing a certificate in Responsible Innovation in Science, Engineering and Society.  Evvan received her Bachelor's degree in Materials Engineering from the University of Cincinnati. She serves as the President of the Black Graduate Student Association and a Shades Multicultural Mentor.  She is also a National Science Foundation IGERT-SUN Fellow and a Walton Global Sustainability Studies Scholar.  Evvan's current research projects include developing waste-to-energy strategies using anaerobic digestion in Belize and analyzing the food-water-energy nexus concerning concentrating solar power in Morocco. She is also beginning a project to develop a sustainable carbon permitting program to increase carbon sequestration and balance the carbon budget.  Upon graduation, Evvan plans to work for a government agency to develop and integrate decision tools for transitioning to future sustainable energy development. Evvan's goal is to bridge the gap between science and decision making to create better informed energy policies and increase diplomacy between the developed and developing world.

Shakira Hobbs

Clemson University

Shakira Hobbs’ research focuses on innovative solutions for converting waste into valuable resources as well as life cycle and sustainability assessments of multiple waste management techniques for food waste and bioplastics. She has developed a method for pretreatment to accelerate the degradation of polylactic acid (PLA) via anaerobic digestion, which results in valuable products such energy and fertilizer. Shakira has published peer-reviewed conference proceedings, has two peer-reviewed publications in review, and has presented her work internationally in Trinidad & Tobago, Italy, Belize and Singapore. Shakira is the current president of the Black Graduate Student Association at Clemson University. She has co-created and piloted the Clemson Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) where she taught a course and advised undergraduate students’ research projects. As an NSF-IGERT-SUN fellow, Shakira was awarded the Competitive Innovations Fund to investigate strategic waste management options for a rural village in Belize. In addition to Shakira’s proposal writing experience, she has participated on awarded NSF grants where she was responsible for concept development and writing. Last year, she was awarded the Environmental Research & Education Research Scholarship. Shakira was born in Baltimore, MD and raised in Marietta, GA. She earned her BS degree from University of Maryland, College Park and MS from Arizona State University. Currently, she is a Ph.D. candidate at Clemson University and will be graduating August 2017. Shakira is dedicated to disseminating engineering and sustainability concepts to the public, especially to underrepresented groups across the world.


Waste management (WM) is often a problem in developing countries that can be managed with waste to energy solutions. Sittee River, Belize (SR) serves as an example of rural areas in developing countries that have an abundance... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Evvan V. Morton (Arizona State University)
  2. Nicole Barclay (The University of North Carolina at Charlotte)
  3. Amy E. Landis (Clemson University)
  4. Shakira Hobbs (Clemson University)

Topic Area

• Industrial ecology in developing countries


WS-19 » Defining The Water - Energy - Waste Nexus (15:30 - Wednesday, 28th June, Room D)

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