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Memories and reflections of Japan- part II

Part 2: City of Beauty and Temples: Kyoto The next part of our trip took us to another of Japan’s major cities, Kyoto, which is also on the island of Honshu. In total, Japan has 6,852 islands but only 80% … Continue reading

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Japan through the eyes of an Indian American

Part 1: Mega city-Tokyo The first thing I remember about Tokyo was how clean and quiet it was; right from the airport to the underground train station. Our first train ride in Tokyo was an express train from the airport … Continue reading

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Living treasures of Japan

I am not sure why but it has always been my lifelong dream to visit Japan. Perhaps because this small island country has so much to offer in terms of culture, natural beauty, technological progress, and people habits. Japan’s gifts … Continue reading

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The future of recycling in NYC, especially organics- Part 2

Part 2 of this blog I delve into the various recycling options available in the city and especially the design considerations that need to be in place to make organics recycling a success. I recently came across a great eco … Continue reading

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The future of recycling in NYC, especially organics- Part 1

I am not sure what made me want to write this piece except that I was finding the whole waste management scenario in NYC pretty confusing. I thought to myself, this is where I live; this is where I studied … Continue reading

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Forked by Saru Jayaraman

I don’t usually read two books by the same author because I feel there are so many topics, so many authors one can sample in our ever shrinking time that’s devoted to the lost art of reading books. However Activist … Continue reading

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Food Sustainability-at places of learning (Part 2)

Follow up to my earlier blog piece on food sustainability initiatives at some of the leading educational institutes around NYC, this piece focuses more on Sustainable Food Practices through the lens of one University, Columbia University in the City of New … Continue reading

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Food Sustainability-at places of learning (Part 1)

New York City is home to 215 higher education institutions that are responsible for educating nearly 500,000 students[i].  Dining facilities have a significant impact on the carbon footprint of their respective universities. Think food miles, think water, excess chemicals, food … Continue reading

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Learning about Anaerobic Digestion through a live tour

Sometime this September, a few of us waste geeks got invited to tour a municipal waste facility as well as a company trying to convert waste into energy. It was both fascinating and heart breaking; mainly because the company has such a great idea and business model but is still waiting for all necessary permits from the government. Hopefully they will get all necessary approvals very soon and will be in the news as a great success story. The visit still made me think this would be a great opportunity to both learn and report on the various technologies, parties, parts involved in this process of converting waste to energy; so read on. Continue reading

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City Harvest-making New York a truly special place!

Founded in 1982 as the world’s first food rescue organization, City Harvest (cityharvest.org) is dedicated to helping feed hungry New Yorkers. The main service is collecting excess food from restaurants, grocers, bakeries, manufacturers, and farms, and delivering it free of … Continue reading

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