Rice undergraduates win Greene Prize for environmental writing

Winning paper written for Daniel Cohan's “Energy and the Environment” course.

Allison Price, Maddie Forbes, Marina Karki and Valentina Camacho

Three undergraduate students in civil and environmental engineering (CEE) and a recent graduate in chemical and biomolecular engineering (ChBE) have been awarded the 2020-21 Greene Prize for environmental writing.

The winners are Allison Price and Maddie Forbes, seniors in CEE; Marina Karki, a junior in CEE; and Valentina Camacho, who graduated last spring with a B.S. in ChBE and works as an improvements engineer for Dow Chemical. Each will receive a $250 prize.

The winning paper, “Riviana Biomass Combined Heat and Power (CHP) — Feasibility Study,” was written for CEE 307, “Energy and the Environment,” taught by Daniel Cohan, associate professor of CEE, and mentored by Christopher Colville of Edge Environmental.

The Greene Prize was endowed by the family of David Greene ’93 in 1998 to recognize Rice students who compose “exceptional environmental writing.” The judges were Richard Johnson, director of the Administrative Center for Sustainability and Energy Management, and professor in the practice of environmental studies in Sociology, and Joseph Campana, William Shakespeare Professor of English and director of the Center for Environmental Studies.

Pictured at top: Allison Price, left, Maddie Forbes, Marina Karki and Valentina Camacho.