Dr. Thomas Henry Culhane is a professor of Environmental Sustainability and Justice at the Patel College for Global Solutions at University of South Florida (Tampa) with a passion for transforming food waste into fuel and fertilizer, harnessing this neglected form of Solar Energy, stored as biogas and bioslurry, to not only cook food, heat water and generate clean electricity, but to grow new nutritious food without soil. Dr. Culhane is co-founder and president of Solar CITIES Inc., a not-for-profit environmental technology training organization that uses the trainer of trainers model to teach members of impoverished urban and rural communities around the world how to build their own home and community scale biodigesters and vertical aeroponics food production systems with the goal of eliminating all waste.
A National Geographic Explorer since 2009, Culhane teaches courses at USF in Food/Energy/Water Nexus Technologies, Sustainable Cities, Sustainable Tourism and Coastal Management. He champions the use of small scale biodigesters as a core technology to protect the health of our oceans, and has lectured and demonstrated biodigester technology on the Lindbland Expeditions National Geographic Explorer cruise ship.
Dr. Culhane and Solar CITIES are members of the Clinton Global Initiative and are fulfilling a commitment that started in December of 2016, to bring the HomeBiogas solution to the Zataari Refugee camp in Jordan to make sure that food and toilet wastes are turned from grave health problems into solutions for healthier living.
Dr. Culhane lives with and uses these technologies in his daily off-grid life at the Rosebud Continuum Education Center in Land O Lakes Florida where he resides. Dr. Culhane’s full bio is available on National Geographic’s web site HERE.