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em[POWER] Travels to Bangladesh

Exec. Director of em[POWER] Nasir Uddin recently completed a very successful trip to Bangladesh to review landfill site projects and held meetings with several current and potential partners. Here are a few of the highlights of his trip:

–  Researcher orientation sessions within the Landfill

– Presentations on health safety and hazards as well occupation safety hazard training

– Participatory dialogues with the 250 waste pickers of the landfill and 50 owners and 100 waste pickers of waste collection vans

– Presentation of a laptop to students of the landfill school for purposes of working together via the Internet.

– Provided Gram Bangla with financial support for the school for 6 months provided by em[POWER] Rutgers Chapter


Children of Gram Bangla school

Another six months of education for the children of Matuail Landfill families has been donated by em[POWER]’s Rutgers Student Chapter. Many thanks, students!


Training for Women Trashpickers

Women’s em[POWER] training group learning work and health safety techniques in a landfill setting                                                  

Exec Dir Nasir Uddon presenting certificate to Gram Bangla Unnayan Comittee

Mr. Uddin (pictured right) presenting an em[POWER] certificate of appreciation to Gram Bangla Committee members.






Announcing New Trade Association

07/25/12  Em[POWER] Energy Group is pleased to announce the formation of the first trade association in the world dedicated to large-scale production of the aquatic plant Lemnoideae, more commonly known as duckweed. The group, International Lemna Association, (ILA) seeks to bring duckweed and other aquatic species to the limelight of sustainable crops that out-produce terrestrial crops for protein and starches, while remediating water sources that are unfit for land crop use, such as municipal and industrial wastewater.

Tamra Fakhoorian, co-founder of the ILA said,”We wish to thank em[POWER] for their support in our organization’s formation. Em[POWER] recognizes duckweed’s untapped potential as a high quality protein and starch source for animal feed, bioplastics, fertilizers, and wastewater remediation. Duckweed is a win/win for our global efforts of sustainable aqua-cropping and animal production.”

Ryan Integlia, co-founder of ILA observed, “Many of our members previously worked in the algae arena and when confronted with ongoing issues of harvesting and robustness, discovered the many benefits of duckweed as an alternative. Farmers in several developing countries already grow and harvest duckweed as a part of their integrated farming systems. The time is right for duckweed production to be expanded on a larger scale to remediate the massive nutrient loads in our current waste water systems and produce value-added products for a wide range of applications.”

Duckweed and Wolffia species are the smallest vascular, flowering plants on the planet and are found world-wide with the exception of Antarctica. They are known to double their mass every 24-48 hours, producing up to 60 dry tons per acre in optimal circumstances. Wolffia holds the record for the smallest flowers in the world, only 0.3mm in length.

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