Students for a Smarter Planet ..leaders with conscience
August, 1st 2014

While you might raise an eyebrow (at the very least) at the thought of eating in an actual dumpster, this story has a very positive message.  I can be as skeptical as the next person about trendy NY happenings, but I leave you to make your own judgements.  I donate to my local food banks – both monetarily and by bringing in fresh home-baked goods.

If the concept of dumpster-dining catches on, could it help alleviate the need for dumpster-diving by those who have no other recourse for dinner by prompting more social consciousness about their plight?  Maybe this story will inspire you to create a food storage system that reduces spoilage – or to hold a fundraiser for your local food bank and team it with a job training program offering that helps those who’ve lost jobs obtain marketable new skills – or devise a social media campaign that invites participation in creating bacteria resistant foods that don’t involve GMOs? Could you be the ‘chef of the future’?

One Man’s Trash Is Another Man’s 6-Course Dinner


According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, American families throw out about 25 percent of their groceries each year, often because they don’t maximize the food’s full use — for example, some people throw away broccoli stems and only use the florets — or they don’t know how to store perishable items correctly. What’s more, according to the World Resources Institute, about one-third of all food produced worldwide gets lost or wasted in food production and consumption systems annually.

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July, 31st 2014

How do you educate others?  Do you take up the cry for what is right?  Contribute to the betterment of your society?  You may be inspired by a passionate and dedicated voice for Africa.

The environmentalist, Nnimmo Bassey, deplores the Green Revolution in Africa and oil spills in the Niger Delta region. He does not underestimate the work to be done to educate people on the need to stop those who wish to destroy the environment and to redefine new concepts of development Read an interview with Nnimmo Bassey, director of Health of Mother Earth Foundation in Nigeria, which is an ecological think tank.

Visit the Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) website and learn the stories of those who want to make a difference.  Explore the activities undertaken by these individuals driven by their love of humanity. (Be patient; it may take a few mins for the site to load…)  While you’re there, view some of the recorded videos of Bassey – powerful stuff!

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July, 30th 2014

The beautiful days in Chicago this summer have made me think about how I would love to be able to plug in on Northwestern’s beautiful Lakefill using the power of Solar Energy! In other news, the club is on break for the summer, but our summer fellow, Allie, is busy developing the bracket that will move us one step closer to the completion of our project.

A big challenge in our project is creating something that meets our basic idea (a structure that uses solar energy to charge your phones/laptops), while making sure the rest of our design is not only appealing to look at, but also continues to project ideas of sustainability. A big problem for us was deciding on what sort of seating to install on the tree. We needed something affordable, but we wanted it to look nice, and be sustainable! Our first thoughts were recycled plastic and wood, but we were unable to find a merchant that could give us the sizes and shapes we needed as well as suit our budget. Then one day, SEED (Students for Ecological and Environmental Development at Northwestern University) came to us with an idea. The wanted to create benches that used old plastic bottles as filler. The benches are built from “bricks” that are stuffed with old plastic bottles, non recyclable plastic bags, and plastic wrappers. The benches are low cost and are customized around the SmartTree project! It was perfect for us!

Until next time!

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The medical advances being made today with sensors reminds me of when, as a kid, I watched with rapt attention the movie Fantastic Voyage.

Sensors can monitor implants as they heal or detect early signs of organ rejection after a transplant. A sensor in the human brain could even help people control a prosthesis or use assistive technologies such as wheelchairs.

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The human sensor industry is in its infancy, is this something you could contribute to?

The advantage of being able to constantly collect data about someone’s health would keep hospital costs down by catching diseases early and helping the ill or elderly manage their own health between doctors’ visits.

More about the advances of this technology

Who knows? In a decade, we may all be wearing microchips.  After all, this microchip technology already exists in many of our pets.

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July, 29th 2014

Sometimes leaving the path you’ve chosen can be so very positive!  Read the post by Lavina Melwani on LinkedIn about these two former U Cal Berkeley students, Nikhil Arora and Alejandro Velez, who’ve gone Robert Frost and ‘diverged’ with wonderful success…

Trash Collectors or Environmental Superheroes?

Visit their website and learn more:  Back to the Roots

"Our mission is to make food personal again through the passionate development of tools that educate and inspire, one family at a time."

“Our mission is to make food personal again through the passionate development of tools that educate and inspire, one family at a time.”

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