ABOUT THOMAS HENRY CULHANE
Dr. T.H. 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. 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 and the Summit at Sea Cruise ship, describing how the value they create for organic wastes not only prevents the use of firewood, charcoal that cause coastal erosion and eliminates dumping at sea, but can solve much of the plastic bag waste problem contaminating our oceans .
Through National Geographic/Cengage Learning, Culhane presents these ideas to STEM/STEAM teachers and students and conducts hands on workshops all over the world, including the to the National Science Teachers Association, for whom he presented at the Biosphere II in Arizona as a model for “home biospherics”.
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 Home Biogas 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. On sea or on land, Culhane believes that small scale Food/Energy/Water Nexus technologies that close the loop between food production, food and toilet wastes, and renewed food production, are the missing pieces of the sustainability puzzle that will help us fulfill our Sustainable Development Goals quickly and painlessly.
Culhane lives with and uses these technologies in his daily life at the Rosebud Continuum Education Center in Land O Lakes Florida where he resides.