Tulsa Community College students move ahead on a sustainability project that caught national attention.
They added 30 tilapia to an aquaponic system selected as a finalist in the National Science Foundation’s Community College Innovation Challenge.
"The fish waste they produce fertilizes the plant beds. Microbes in the soil break the fish waste down into something that can be absorbed by the plants," said electrical engineering student Dallas Ellerman. "The plants absorb those nutrients, clean the water. It's a sustainable, symbiotic system like you'd find in nature."