CSM professor meets with tribes to discuss sustainable energy

Masami Nakagawa is working on expanding that capacity of geothermal resource development. | File photo

Colorado School of Mines Department of Mining engineering professor Masami Nakagawa, in an effort to further discuss the progress of natural resources, has organized a meeting between two native cultures from the United States and Bolivia.

The two groups include the Navajo Nation, a Native American nation that occupies the largest land area in the United States in regard to Native American nations, and the Aymara, an indigenous nation that lives in the Andes and the Altiplano in South America. Both sets nations are seeking a balanced and sustainable source of energy.

Nakagawa is working on expanding that capacity of geothermal resource development. His focus is generating sustainable energy initiatives in South American countries such as Bolivia, Peru and El Salvador. When the first meeting came to order, representatives from the two nations held discussions about the numerous opportunities and difficulties involved in this development in their countries.

During the summer, Nakagawa will continue the project by traveling to Bolivia with a delegation of indigenous people.

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