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'Garbage To Gold' - A Talk On ‘Zero Waste Management’ And Environmental Conservation.

JC Prasad

When: October 17th , 2:00 PM.
Where: MIT Room. 3-133.

During this visit, AID Saathi (Fellow) Srinivasan will share with us his work that combines environmentalism and social development with sustainability and entrepreneurship. He will discuss how, "the top three most easily available resources in India - namely sunlight, man power and solid waste can be used properly to bring crores of Rupees in direct and indirect savings which we are losing every second. Environmentally friendly and user friendly practices should be converted into jobs, through which India can progress to the next stage of development -- one that is truly sustainable". He will also share with us the progress of his ambitious effort of reforesting the Vellore Hills.

More details on the topics he will cover:

1. Zero Waste Management: Vellore Srinivasan has implemented a sustainable model of zero waste management in the district of Vellore. He will give an introductory talk about the concept and its implementation. Recently UNICEF has made a documentary on his work which is available at http://video.yahoo.com/watch/5669832/14862779

2. Working with the Government on waste management: Srinivasan's models in waste management have been applied throughout Vellore District and is being adopted widely by government agencies in Tamil Nadu, and Karnataka, and also in the states of Gujarat and Tripura. Srinivasan will be updating us about his growing engagement with the government.

3. Vellore hill restoration project: Vellore is surrounded by several hills which have undergone severe environmental degradation in the past couples of decades. In association with Department of Forestry and with financial support from AID, Srinivasan has come up with an ambitious program of greening the hills, restoring the biodiversity, soil conservation and livelihood generation through ecotourism.

Read more about Srinivasan at http://saathi.aidindia.org/new/content/blogcategory/39/87/
Details about Srinivasan's waste management work can be found at http://zerowastemanagement.org/

About AID:
Association for India's Development (AID) is a volunteer organization which promotes equitable, just and sustainable development in India. You can know more about our work at http://www.aidboston.org

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