Author: Edward Humes
Facilitated by: Dr. Diana Barrett
Garbology takes readers on a surprising tour of America’s biggest export, our most prodigious product, and our greatest legacy: our trash.
The average American produces 102 tons of garbage across a lifetime and $50 billion in squandered riches are rolled to the curb each year. But our bins are just the starting point for a strange, impressive, mysterious, and costly journey that may also represent the greatest untapped opportunity of the century.
In Garbology, Edward Humes investigates trash — what’s in it; how much we pay for it; how we manage to create so much of it; and, how some families, communities, and even nations are finding a way back from waste to discover a new kind of prosperity. Along the way, he introduces a collection of garbage denizens unlike anyone you have ever met: the trash-tracking detectives of MIT, the bulldozer-driving sanitation workers building Los Angeles’ Garbage Mountain landfill, the artists residing in San Francisco’s dump, and the family whose annual trash output fills not a dumpster or a trash can, but a single mason jar.
Garbology reveals not just what we throw away, but who we are and where our society is headed. Waste is the one environmental and economic harm that ordinary working Americans have the power to change — and prosper in the process.
About the Facilitator
Diana Barrett was on the Faculty of Harvard University from 1975 until 2004. She received both her Masters in Business Administration and her Doctorate in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School. After a long academic career, in 2005 she founded The Fledgling Fund, providing grants to filmmakers who believe that their documentary films can ignite or sustain social change. Dr. Barrett is on the Board of the Everglades Foundation, The Lords Place, United Way, The Society of the Four Arts and is on the Visiting Committees for Photography and Scientific Conservation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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