em(POWER) energy group, inc.

em[POWER] seeks to revitalize waste scavenging communities throughout the world using a modular and scalable cooperative development model based on renewable resources. By coordinating and streamlining the waste utilization process of waste scavengers, the em[POWER] model will improve the sorting efficiency of recyclables, turn organic waste and waste water into electricity, creation of high quality compost, and provide the nucleus for a host of community-owned businesses. This will in turn provide community access to electricity, enhance educational opportunities, improve local health, and raise worker wages, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and waste overflow. By having a series of ...

em(POWER) energy group, inc.
16 Reservoir Ave
Jersey City, NJ 07307
United States
6094248890
http://empowerenergygroup.org/

Executive Director

Ryan Integlia

Board of Directors

Ryan Integlia, Nasir Uddin, Tamra Fakhoorian

Project Leaders

Nasir Uddin

Mission

em[POWER] seeks to revitalize waste scavenging communities throughout the world using a modular and scalable cooperative development model based on renewable resources. By coordinating and streamlining the waste utilization process of waste scavengers, the em[POWER] model will improve the sorting efficiency of recyclables, turn organic waste and waste water into electricity, creation of high quality compost, and provide the nucleus for a host of community-owned businesses. This will in turn provide community access to electricity, enhance educational opportunities, improve local health, and raise worker wages, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and waste overflow. By having a series of autonomous co-op units around the world, em[POWER], as an umbrella organization can help them access markets which require scale for entry. Our overarching vision is to convert a form of poverty into a mechanism that can be used by a community to improve their living conditions and allow them to make a positive contribution to society.

Programs

Project Bangladesh: The Matuail Landfill in Dhaka, Bangladesh is the largest dumping site for Dhaka, a city of 14 million inhabitants that produces 3200-3500 tons of garbage every day. 1200 of these tons make their way to Matuail each day but a community of almost 10,000 households also call Matuail home. As in hundreds of other waste-scavenging communities around the world, Matuail's inhabitants generate income through low-margin scavenging in the mountains of garbage. Often, piles of trash are first burned to eliminate the organic waste content such as food, wood, or paper. Not only are these practices dangerous, but they are also inefficient and environmentally damaging. As the phrase 'one man's trash is another man's treasure' implies, what we call 'waste' actually tends to hold great value when utilized properly. The first step towards collecting this lost wealth in Matuail is to work with local NGO's as we teach the community how to separate out the organic waste and turn it into compost that can be sold or used for local agriculture. The process will be continuously scaled-up until we can install a small-scale bio-digester to produce methane fuel, thus powering a generator and electrical infrastructure for the community. Ultimately, we are driven by community development. We are conducting surveys to help us accurately and comprehensively identify Matuail's greatest needs and priorities. The generated electricity will allow the school to expand its capacity to include more students, provide vocational training to adults, and power computers. In the meantime, we are running fundraisers to raise much-needed supplies for its students. Electricity can also be used by local health clinics to improve their services and preserve temperature-sensitive medications or by community members to develop micro-enterprises that will give them the tools, opportunities, and confidence that they need to participate and succeed in society. Project Pakistan: This project focuses on one such community on the outskirts of one of Pakistan's largest cities. We have partnered with an existing school and health clinic on this site with the plan to install a small-scale waste-to-energy generator that can power the school and health clinic, enabling both to expand their services for the community. With this electricity, the school can expand its capacity to include more students, provide vocational training to adults, and power computers, while the health clinic can improve their services and preserve temperature-sensitive medications such as antibiotics. Excess electricity can also be used to help community members develop income-generating activities and community-owned businesses and micro-enterprises, thus expanding their skills and giving them the tools, opportunities, and confidence that they need to participate and succeed in society. em[POWER]'s model of change is centered on inexpensive bio-digester technology and low British Thermal Unit (BTU) based generators. The equation is simple: organic waste equals methane. Methane equals electricity. And electricity equals cash-through the host of value-added businesses that energy access will provide to this under-served community. This will provide better access to education, improve local health, and increase worker wages while reducing greenhouse gas emissions (methane is 21 times worse for climate change than carbon dioxide). This model is applicable to landfill communities around the world.

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