The first day of second week was started before 8 am in that morning. Mr. Rob Sparks who is the Executive Director of Cooperative for Economic Development, Anderson-Madison County, Indiana brought to the Anderson University/ Purdue University, Anderson City and had a meeting with Associate Professor, Director of Purdue University and Director and Deputy Director of Economic Development from Madison County.
After that, Mr. Chad who is working for the Cooperative for Economic Development explained about sequential steps of Mound's Lake Development Project in Anderson-Madison County. He also explained about soil remediation, water sanitation and water reservoir for the Indiana state for the future. And then we continued to go to the Elwood City and met the City Mayor and engaged in the business discussion with Rod.
We spent the whole Tuesday for Lugar Energy Spring Forum hosted by Richard G.Lugar Center for Renewable Energy and The Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI. Many experts from energy and environment sectors explained about the future energy roadmap of United State and Indiana. We got a lot of information related to advanced technology for renewable energy, alternative solutions for coal energy and the benefits of nuclear energy. After that forum, we spent a few time with Mike Nelson who is the president of Nelson Law Group and shared about the environment sustainability issues and cultural things of our countries.
We joined the SESCO team in Wednesday and went to one of the BP gasoline stations from Rensselaer Town to do pilot study about soil contamination. After that we went to the Lafayette town to see the drilling site of SESCO group and soil sample collection.
We went to the School for Community Learning and presented about our country profile and environmental sustainability situation in Thursday morning. We had very good two way conversation with young students from that school. After that activity, we met the Executive Director of Office of Community and Social Affairs (OCRA) in downtown of Indianapolis and he explained about that State Government is trying to support and encourage the rural community for economic and sustainable development.
In Friday, we visited to Landfill site for Indianapolis which is managed by the Best Way International Company. The general manager explained about the management system and how they are using the methane gas from landfill efficiently. We also went to the Corssroads Greenhouse which is using methane gas from landfill site for flower and vegetable plantation. We got the useful information about how to manage waste (methane gas) from landfill site to be cost-effective and economically viable for sustainability.
The second week become the week of new knowledge gathering and upgrading of existing knowledge. It is a wonderful and inspired experience for environmental sustainability by the Indiana State.
Thant Zin Aung
YSEALI Fellow from Myanmar (Burma)