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HBCU Money™ Business Book Feature – Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash

A Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist takes readers on a surprising tour of the world of garbage.

Take a journey inside the secret world of our biggest export, our most prodigious product, and our greatest legacy: our trash. It’s the biggest thing we make: The average American is on track to produce a whopping 102 tons of garbage across a lifetime, $50 billion in squandered riches rolled to the curb each year, more than that produced by any other people in the world. But that trash doesn’t just magically disappear; our bins are merely the starting point for a strange, impressive, mysterious, and costly journey that may also represent the greatest untapped opportunity of the century.

In Garbology, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Edward Humes investigates the trail of that 102 tons of 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’ve ever met: the trash-tracking detectives of MIT, the bulldozer-driving sanitation workers building Los Angeles’ immense Garbage Mountain landfill, the artists in residence at San Francisco’s dump, and the family whose annual trash output fills not a dumpster or a trash can, but a single mason jar.

digs through our epic piles of trash to reveal not just what we throw away, but who we are and where our society is headed. Are we destined to remain the country whose number-one export is scrap—America as China’s trash compactor—or will the country that invented the disposable economy pioneer a new and less wasteful path? The real secret at the heart of Garbology may well be the potential for a happy ending buried in our landfill. Waste, Humes writes, is the one environmental and economic harm that ordinary working Americans have the power to change—and prosper in the process.

The Fed & Tech Week In Review – 12/3/16


Every Saturday the HBCU Money staff picks ten articles they were intrigued by and think you will enjoy for some weekend reading impacting finance and tech.

Study, work, retire. Time to scrap the old pattern of working life l @wef wef.ch/2gHgdLg

1/4 of global energy-related GHG emissions come from transport. l @WorldBankwrld.bg/zmDr3003A2O

Alexander, Who Use To Be Rich Last Sunday teaches about opportunity cost and spending l@council4econed bit.ly/270jvuK

Natural disasters hamper growth and make it harder for the poor to escape poverty. Solutions? l @WorldBankAfrica wrld.bg/kodn306sJsd

We can recycle everything we use, including cigarette butts and toothbrushes. So why don’t we? @wef wef.ch/2fMHkAt

Physics may be a small but crucial fraction of our reality l @newscientist newscienti.st/2g4nuDC

Eleven cities that are showing the way on fighting climate change l @renewablecities buff.ly/2gfWuOY

ESA approves 2020 ExoMars rover despite crash earlier this year l @newscientist newscienti.st/2gS77c1

Nikola Motor Company Unveiling — Details On “Zero Emissions” Semi Truck l @cleantechnica ow.ly/Hmqn306MkGe

Hubble uses galactic lens to study universe’s first stars l @sciencemagazine ow.ly/UCdA306Mll6

HBCU Money™ Dozen Links 7/15 – 7/19


Did you miss HBCU Money™ Dozen via Twitter? No worry. We are now putting them on the site for you to visit at your leisure. We have made some changes here at HBCU Money™ Dozen. We are now solely focused on research and central bank articles from the previous week.


Recycling & composting reduced annual GHG emissions = to taking almost 34 million cars off the road l EPA Research http://go.usa.gov/bPxB

Desert salt flats could offer new path to green hydrogen fuel l Argonne http://tinyurl.com/kc2yaob

Thinnest, most light-absorbing nano-material created by Stanford researchers l SLAC http://stanford.io/12zyecH

To learn more about our nutrients management research l EPA Research http://ow.ly/n92x2

Gary, IN moves forward with green stormwater management project l IL-IN Sea Grant http://fb.me/16BuDHLwk

“Top 10 supercomputer available to anyone who can ‘boost’ America” | Computer World http://buff.ly/1bsDVl5

Federal Reserve, Central Banks, & Financial Departments

Detroit housing market remains mystery after bankruptcy l Housing Wire http://hwi.re/3gwMwJ

Consumers: Listen to – or watch – basic lessons in economics from our Econ Lowdown series l St. Louis Fed http://bit.ly/ViVxYQ

The Virginia Economy and the Nonprofit Sector in June 2013 l Richmond Fed http://bit.ly/1aZ98g8

A closer look at next week: Spending bills, energy, student loans l Floor Action http://bit.ly/13HjOGz

Professional development opportunities for K-12 teachers in August l Philadelphia Fed http://ow.ly/n93w9

Are Community Banks Being Driven Out of Rural Markets? l St. Louis Fed http://bit.ly/XzK1KR

Thank you as always for joining us on Saturday for HBCU Money™ Dozen. The 12 most important research and finance articles of the week.