Vertical Multi-trophic Aquatic Farming

Permaculture was one of my favorite courses and if you know a about permaculture you would know it is one of the most sustainable methods of farming. However not many people have heard about vertical multi trophic aquatic farming. Similarly to permaculture, vertical multi trophic aquatic farming is a polyculture farming system. The difference is the environments and species used to farm in these circumstances. As sustainability involves food production and climate change mitigation this way of farming provides answers to these issues.

Many people are aware of the overfishing that is happening in the ocean and yet we are projected to amplify our fish consumption as a global population. Fish farms do take a lot of pressures off fisheries but, are known to be controversial. Large nets containing fish farms are unsustainable because the over bearing fish waste is not properly handled however, vertical multi-trophic aquaculture is the solution to this answer of fish farm practices.

Vertical multi-trophic aquaculture is a form of biomimicy that University of New Hampshire and University of Maine have been working with private practices to investigate and cultivate this system of aquatic food production. A large example of this system is

This was a useful video showing how these vertical multi trophic systems work.

This video shows the implementation of Integrated aquaculture.

Ideas for Applied Project as well as Research Project

Applied Project Ideas:

Intern/small project with Revision Energy

Intern/small project with Justin Hardesting

Local green infrastructure analysis

Local Greenhouse operator  


Actual Applied project

I helped a local organic permaculture farm D’acers, promote their events as well as surveyed their audience to help them better understand their customers.

Research Article Ideas:

  • Media coverage of Green Infrastructure
  • Media coverage on Sustainable products
  • Therapy of indoor plants
  • Interaction with nature on campus at Plymouth State University
  • Public Opinion on Green Infrastructure
  • Why or why wouldn’t you get a residential alternative energy system

Actual Research Article

I am working on the topic of Green Infrastructure how it addes to Real-Estate Capital because I want to find out the value it adds to real-estate in order to help my reader better understand the value Green Infrastructure adds to Real-Estate.

PLN (Personal Learning Network)

Personal Learning Network Plan

My personal learning plan is to look at LinkedIn daily, look at twitter bi-weekly as for network/media. A network of professional individuals are other members of USGBC that I can connect through the network of USGBC. Another learning tool I plan to utilize are educational and governmental websites.

For networking:

Look at LinkIn, daily

Look at Twitter, bi-weekly

Utilize USGBC network of professionals

For continued learning:

Below are just a few of many YouTube videos I have used as references for my education in the past. Many of these are the inspiration of my Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Major :


A look into my Intellectual Journey

Intellectual Journey:

“Hello there, my name is Maxxwell Cook and I am from Wall, New Jersey. Before becoming an undergraduate student here at Plymouth State University. I went to Wall township public High School in Wall New Jersey. If you are familiar with the Jersey shore area it is about, a mile or so from the beach. During my time at Wall high I ran track, indoor track, cross country, as well as becoming president of my high school’s environmental club. When I came to Plymouth State University I felt a sense of community  I never quite felt before. Especially when among such like minded individuals. Another thing that really grasped me was the surrounding area of the Plymouth New Hampshire Region. Plymouth State University works well on giving students experience with the clusters initiative as well as, working with the surrounding community and local businesses for cluster work. I also have to include how the surrounding area has captivated me throughout the years here in Plymouth New Hampshire. Above us is the White Mountain National Forest and below us is the  Lakes Region. Also surrounding the rural are many local farms such as Long-View, Owens, and D’acears. Squam Lake is one of my favorite lakes due to its bounty of nature surrounding it. Over the summer I served as race committee for the lighting sail fleet out of squam lakes association. Also over the course of my college career I participated and help officer positions towards my current spot as Sail Club captain here at Plymouth State University. What got me into environmental services was not only my family being so fond of outdoor recreational activities but, my godmother getting me into gardening and an alternative sustainable path. Throughout the years I have had multiple customer service jobs. From my first job, as a bus-boy at Spring Lake Bath and Tennis Club working my way up to a food runner. To then working as a barista at Rook Coffee Roasters. To then a very lively job of working as a van driver for Wally’s Taxi service on the Jersey-shore. I guess where I was going at is one of my favorite aspects of these jobs are working with other people and interacting with others. From putting a smile on ones face as I am handing them their morning coffee everyday to  driving people back home at the end of their night. The reason I decided to create my Interdisciplinary major of Marketing for Sustainable Design was because I wanted to make a difference with helping nature and yet I think the use of business in this aspect is under-utilized. I also thought a business major in of itself was not going to give me the environmental insight I was trying to understand. My Interdisciplinary degree combines the disciplines of Marketing, Sales, Sustainability, Environmental Science and Policy, Biology and many more disciplines alike. Over the last summer I have also had the opportunity to do media and marketing work for AHEAD. A.H.E.A.D. is an acronym which stands for Affordable Housing Development and Education out of Littleton New Hampshire. AHEAD is part of Neighborworks America and HUD. AHEAD provides affordable housing development and education for the North Country of New Hampshire. One of the development projects we worked on was the Friendship House as AHEAD collaborated with North Country Health Consortium to create their new facility this summer. In the future I would like to do Marketing and Sales for sustainable products and systems such as green infrastructure used for municipal, residential and industrial stormwater management system. ”

Hello world!

Maxwell Cook

Interdisciplinary Essay

11/8/16 – Present

Marketing for Sustainable Design

Marketing for Sustainable Design is my self-design major, which is the result of my exploration of knowledge in the Business Administration department and the Environmental Studies.  I started to notice how my interests overlapped and clustered together. During my freshman Spring semester, I took a class called Career Exploration, which let me explore what career path would suit my extroverted personality while including my interests in environmental studies. Since I have the tendency to be outgoing, I believe I can benefit from this trait in harnessing that through marketing and business.  Environmental issues are some of the most pressing of our time, and I believe that plants are the roots of modern society. I hope to learn about the characteristics of the environment, and be able to educate and market the benefits and essence of conscious decision. The fields of Environmental Studies and Marketing combined, is the program that is going to give me the knowledge on both the promotion, advertising, and marketing as well as the Environmental health and safety knowledge background needed.  

My intuition tells me that businesses need to be as transparent and ethical as possible. Consumers want to see businesses as sustainable and clean as possible and share the same values, which only will become more crucial in the growing business market. Through taking Principles of Marketing last spring, I learned of how values are important in business practice to consumers. In my free time I enjoy investigating through the lenses of tools such as blogs, video blog producers on YouTube, websites, and articles.  Through my designed major I hope to be able to further my knowledge about my interests and apply them to my academic career. Two interest I spend a lot of time learning about is creation using the natural world and trying to enhance people’s lives. I don’t think just environmental policy on its own would let me investigate the relationship of the induvial health or environmental health in relation to promoting consumption of products and technology that is beneficial to people and the environment. Every choice you make in the store effects other people and the environment in one way or another, and I want to be able to market products and ideas that are better for the environment and human health.

The classes I’ve decided to include in my major will cover a variety of sustainable ideas, practices, and technology. As well as including business classes to give me insight for practical purposes such as how to write out a business program and marketing the benefits of the sustainable technology of our future. The first class I choose on my contract was Small Business/ Entrepreneurship Marketing and Operations which will teach me about the global economy and how I can work myself into it. Also learning about this management aspect will qualify me for positions in corporate, governmental, and non-profit sectors of the economy. In addition to learning other business analytics, I will also discover cost effective marketing programs to create awareness of and generate revenues for the small business. The next class on my contract is Branding and Marketing Communication which is a class that will show me communication techniques and promotion strategies. The following class is Consumer Behaviors which is a class that will teach me the consumer or anticipated clients’ behaviors in order to spark the reactions I need to promote my career endeavors. After that class I choose Botany which is over all plant science which plays the more important if not most important role as primary producers of the natural world therefore giving me a huge insight of how the natural works. Learning about the interrelationships of biotic characters of an ecosystem is what I strive to achieve by taking Ecology. Conservation is a class that will teach me the relation between resource utilization and resource management this is important to me because, the skill of using resources consciously allows work to be done in a sustainable manner.   Business Innovations is a class that fits into my major with the aspects of social science, environmental science and business all directly play a role into promoting a new idea or concept which is what I plan on learning in this class. Disease Safety and the Environment is a class that is teaching me about the health risk and concerns towards individual health and community health. Utilizing the natural environment is a skill I plan on learning through the course Environmental Planning. The environmental associations and consequences of energy consumption are indeed relative towards the work I plan on doing which, I will learn through the class Energy and Society. Soils and Environmental Change will be a class that shows be how to observe my surrounding environment and read what is happing to and in it. The class Sustainability and Residence is a class designed how sustainability can be executed for residential living which would be a valuable skill for me to know. Intro to Permaculture is a class that will allow me to learn about perennials which are widely used in urban landscaping and indoor agriculture. Focusing on natural systems and learning about evolution, diversity, ecology and functioning of the living systems. As well as a lens, specifically on both the plants and animals in them is something that will hold a lot of uses found in the class Biological Science II.

My intended major of combining Environmental studies and Marketing is not currently offered at Plymouth as a major of its own but, with the ability to create my major I can learn and combined two fields that when brought together can make more of an ecological difference than simply voting for change could ever do. I will be the change I intend on seeing through innovation and working with people. For years, the illusion of progression insinuated our species instead we regressed and devalued our earth and everything on it including our own selves.  The opportunity to join these two majors is paramount. The idea of this major isn’t just needed for me or you, but for our kids and grandkids. These two fields combined will allow me to utilize key points in marketing strategies and people skills that were the same methods used to sell my future clients the harmful and environmentally disruptive way of life that we know of today.

An environmental conscious lifestyle is a combination of conscious consuming, sustainable living habits, and ethical production process. I’ve always had a personal belief that nature’s efficiency and effectiveness is something we cannot surpass no matter how hard we try. It is quite easy to say I’ve always had a natural gravitation toward fresh air. When outside there is a certain unexplainable connectivity that is infinite and yes, you can say that there may be factors such as hearing natural sounds, a study on the feeling of soil’s microbes on your bare skin that makes your endorphins rise, the taste of water from a natural spring water having minerals that are good for you, the sun’s rays beating on you giving you vitamin D, and aromas from natural plant fragrances we forget to notice. With all the amplified and insignificant services that nature can provides us with, we should respect it more than anything else, because it is us.