Nov 29 Discussion

November 30, 2007 at 10:56 pm 1 comment

Present: Emily Justusson, Laura Bradley, Look Tobin, Laura Mulshine, Erin McCowen, Jordan Kohn, Alan Shusterman

This was our last meeting for the Fall semester. Lots of idle chatter, but some noteworthy topics …

Erin told us a little about her search for environmental policy graduate programs. She is interested in water resource issues and is discovering that water and soil research are often found together. One program that has grabbed her attention: Bard Center for Environmental Policy.

Several students had read the story on China’s Cancer Villages > C&E News > Business > Oct 29, 2007, login required (print copy available in Reed library or from Alan).

The description of villagers being poisoned by local industry and complicit local officials was very compelling. There was much discussion of how China’s society enables this kind of manufacturing and the role of U.S. consumers in promoting unsafe manufacturing (we discovered that Alan’s plastic lunch boxes were “made in China”).

Some additional links for those of you who would like to follow up on this story (note: our site has a search engine that you can use to find past posts on a given topic):


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  • 1. Alan  |  December 5, 2007 at 6:50 pm

    Jordan mentioned at our Nov 29 meeting that he had read a story about construction getting underway on the first cellulosic ethanol manufacturing plant. I just came across a C&E News article (Nov 26, p. 28) about this plant, the thermochemical process that it will use, and some other ethanol production facilities that are in the works.

    See Put a Tree in Your Tank > C&E News > Business > Nov 26, 2007 ( (Note: if you can’t get past the login page, email me and I’ll send you a copy of this article, 4 pages)


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