Art major Marta Hrecznyj presents research at E2 Challenge...
Crain’s Detroit Business
"Student Submission Idea: Grow plants on vacant land for biofuel"
Wayne State University student Marta Hrecznyj, majoring in electronic arts, participated in WSU's competitive entrepreneurship summer program, the E2 Challenge, where she researched waste grease reuse. Through the program, she began studying different flora and its use in biofuels. "The idea comes from my skepticism of urban farming, which isn't that versatile and is limited (in Detroit) because of contamination," she said. "After learning about mustard seed, it got me thinking about its potential here." Hrecznyj plans to launch a pilot project this summer on a parcel of land in the city; she is still identifying a site and seeking a lease. She's applied for an undergraduate research grant, worth between $1,300 and $2,300, to move the project forward.