Sustainability, and the need for everyone's participation (certainly a major increase in participation which suggests the need for a wider understanding of what we are facing both in the near and long terms of planet earth.)Increased participation in STEM by underrepresented populations in those fields. (STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)In pursuing sustainability we are exploring the development of an Environmental Science & Earth Systems Urban Laboratory (ES2UL) to work on issues related to the quality of life in urban settings. Currently we are focused on reshaping urban waste disposal by:
- Reducing the use of energy in transport of the waste stream through minimizing the weight of food waste by removing the water by high pressure pressing.
- Increasing the amount of recyclable material removed from the waste stream through ("What's in for me?") STEM incentives for those population groups not achieving their goals for recycling.
- Providing an open court workshop for young people to learn coding of apps and create content every Friday afternoon from 4 to 7 pm at The Rack Cafe, 1844 Springfield Ave, Maplewood, NJ 07040, (973) 327-2353, https://www.facebook.com/TheRackCafe, with an open mic showcase from 8 to 10 pm on the first Friday of the month. (The next one is December 5th.)
- Livestreaming our activities in tandem with the tech workshop, including a live discussion of our ES2UL initiatives and their impact on the community, seeking input on how to improve our efforts from a wider audience.
- Looking toward the installation of a Free Space Optics (FSO) link to provide high speed/high bandwidth communications for the workshop.