Inspiring Latina of the Week: Scientist & Community Leader Lina Oliveros

Lina Oliveros is doing more than her part to help our environment. Originally from Colombia, the now Batlimore-based scientist created a project called, "Raising Prawns in the City," an alternative to harvesting shrimp from natural waters using aquaponics- a concept that dates back to early Aztec civilizations.

In addition to her work with "Raising Prawns in the City," Lina is a dedicated community leader, focusing on Spanish-speaking communities in the Washington D.C. area. Oliveros has also received a Bachelors in Science in Marine Biology, and is working towards earning a Masters in Environmental Science and Policy from the prestigious Johns Hopkins University.

Because of her dedication to the environment, and her passion for the Latino community, Lina Oliveros is this week’s inspiring Latina!

Tell me a little about your project funded by a Toyota TogetherGreen grant and the National Audubon Society.

One of my life goals is to help organizations, individuals, and communities make environmentally-sustainable decisions, to focus on conservation and wildlife efforts, and to promote outreach and education. Through my Audubon Toyota TogetherGreen fellowship, we created a project called "Raising Prawns in the City," which is an alternative to harvesting shrimp from natural waters. Our mission is to provide a model for sustainable urban-food production systems in Baltimore that can be replicable to other urban areas throughout the U.S. and even the world. We want to advance awareness of environmental, energy, and social impacts that some distantly-produced foods cause and show how an alternative model can begin to address those issues.