Evan Morton is a 16-year-old high schooler from Detroit, but he is also a scientist with Ecotek, a science research center for young inventors. Since he was in the seventh grade, Morton has worked with Ecotek on projects centered on green chemistry, environmental science and environmental engineering, including building a wind turbine and a hydrogen fuel-cell car. Morton also leads his high school’s green team, and is tasked with building an anaerobic digester this school year. Among his many aspirations, he aims to help rid the world of unnecessary oil-based products. “I plan to create different alternatives to oil and plastic, [including] bioplastic and biofuels,” Morton says of his future agenda. “I want to inform the world how oil can impact global warming and how plastics in landfills can affect the populations of different types of animals.”

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