About Waste for Life
Waste for Life is a loosely joined network of scientists, engineers, educators, designers, and cooperatives working together to develop poverty reducing solutions to specific environmental problems. We use scientific knowledge and low-threshold/high-impact technologies to add value to resources . . .
Waste for Life has three ongoing projects – in Sri Lanka, Argentina and, now, the US. We have team members and collaborators in each country, but the ultimate beneficiaries of our work are always the community groups, cooperatives, and compañeros in struggle that we have worked alongside since 2007.
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Waste for Life’s work is supported by international teams of university faculty and student researchers
For most of my adult life I’ve been teaching University students who are great at math. Even if they are slow on the uptake about the potential impact of their work on the environment and on others, they are great at sums . . .
“Wind inside of wind inside of wind” was how one participant described the ‘visioning soundscape’ exercise during the Critical Conversations around Trust. As ephemeral as that idiom sounds it captured the essence of the entire 3-day experience . . .
Over one year ago we wrote a post, Proof of Concept, detailing the replacement of an asbestos toilet block roof with our prototype composite roof made from waste HDPE plastic reinforced with rice husks . . .
Standing People Together – WFL’s newest program – and Build UP are hosting a 3-day event, June 14th-16th. “Working with community: Critical conversations about trust”, bubbled up as a topic at the January 2018 Engineering, Social Justice and Peace conference in San Diego . . .