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Francisco de Paula Antunes Lima, Cinthia Versiani Scott Varella, Fabiana Goulart de Oliveira, Jacqueline Rutkowski, and Patrick McAnaney

Recycling and Social Technologies: The Brazilian Experience of Wastepicker Inclusion in Selective Collection Programs

Manual collection cartThe objective of this article is to discuss alternatives for destination of urban waste, particularly social technologies developed in diverse forms in Northern and Southern nations. Although environmental issues are a global problem, different alternatives are appearing in central capitalist countries and in developing countries. The determining factor of this difference is the size of the internal consumption market, which produces both the waste itself as well as the forms of treatment.

Rick Duque

Resiliant Technologies, Knowledge Communities, and Cultures

Dr. Rick Duque along with two of his students (Isabella Wagner and Sonja Weber) research resilient technologies, asking questions such as how can communities and institutions better withstand earthquakes? What role do institutions such as Universities play in helping their communities rebuild after disasters? What kinds of structures and technologies are needed to make communities less vulnerable to widespread disasters?