Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2018

Document Type


Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors


Environmental Studies

First Advisor

Nicholas Flores

Second Advisor

Dale Miller

Third Advisor

Leaf Van Boven


This topic brings together many of the areas that I have studied throughout my education at the University of Colorado Boulder, where I studied Environmental Studies and Economics. I was originally interested in pursuing technology and policy options for methane reductions because methane is a potent greenhouse gas that is often overlooked in the decision-making process. The issues surrounding methane emissions in the United States represents a tremendous inefficiency in our society. There exist solutions that bring developed innovations together to benefit industry, the economy, the environment, and human health. These innovations allow our current technologies, systems, and choices to become more efficient and cost-effective.