A new kind of farmer’s market

While Congress ponders the merits of cap-and-trade legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, companies nationwide are scrambling to figure out how to cash in on the process. But smaller family farms could become lost in the convoluted maze of carbon credit markets. That’s where the work of Sarah Seigfreid, EnvE’09, can help.


As part of a research project she completed while studying at Missouri S&T, Seigfreid outlined a seven-step approach to help small-farm owners better understand carbon credit markets, where companies can buy and sell credits earned for efforts to prevent the release of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Companies and individuals sell their credits through exchange markets such as the Chicago Climate Exchange. Farmers may earn carbon credits in a variety of ways, from capping methane-emitting lagoons to planting more trees or adjusting grazing techniques. “Carbon capture on a small farm is a financially attractive thing to do,” Seigfreid says.
Seigfreid, who describes her research as “carbon credits for the little guy,” worked with Joel Burken, professor of civil and environmental engineering, on the project through the university’s Opportunities for Undergraduate Research Experience program. She now works for Peabody Energy at the company’s El Segundo and Lee Ranch coal mines in Grants, N.M.

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By the numbers: Fall/Winter 2018

8,607 Students enrolled for the fall semester at Missouri S&T. Classes started Aug. 20. 91 Percentage of first-year freshmen who receive scholarships and financial aid.

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Making tornado alley safer

Growing up in northeast China, Guirong “Grace” Yan didn’t see many tornados in a country where the number of documented twisters is a fraction of those that hit the United States. But as her academic career took Yan to several postdoctoral fellowships and then faculty positions in Indiana, Missouri and Texas, the assistant professor of […]

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Living laboratory houses lead battery research

This past November, Missouri S&T installed two new advanced lead battery microgrid systems at the EcoVillage, a “living laboratory” that is home to S&T’s solar-powered homes.

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Partners for progress

An expansion of the partnership between Missouri S&T and Missouri State University will allow students to pursue a mechanical engineering degree on the Missouri State campus with courses taught by faculty from both institutions. Students began applying this fall. The program will begin in fall 2019.

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Chancellor search is underway

This past August, University of Missouri President Mun Choi announced the formation of a 23-member committee to lead a nationwide search for a chancellor at Missouri S&T.

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