Garbage for Gold

By Kanda Yaemboonruang and Thiwari Werayasobprasong

The stakes for recycling just got higher as Lucky Trash, Indorama Ventures and AIT launched the first university recycling program ‘Recycle and Win Gold’ to incentivize waste management – with chances of winning real gold!

With studies indicating that each year Thai people spend up to 8.3 billion US Dollars on lottery (!), CEO and co-founder of Trash Lucky, a start-up with a mission to clean up waste from the environment, Mr. Nattapak Atichartakarn, thought it would be more effective to gamify recycling efforts.

What Water’s Worth

By Thiwari Werayasobprasong

The true value of water is the topic for exchange of views on the World Water Day, held every year on March 22nd since 1993. This year, it was jointly organized by AIT, UNESCO and Chulalongkorn University to raise awareness on the importance of freshwater and it’s sustainable management with the launch of several initiatives and products to further Sustainable Development Goal 6: Water and Sanitation for All by 2030.

With 2.2 billion people still lacking access to safe water today, it is estimated that if no action is taken now to ensure water security and access for all, by 2030, 40% of the water demand will not be met.

Novel Media: 3-in-1 Innovation for Better Environment

By Kanda Yeamboonruang and Thiwari Werayasobprasong

It is estimated that our global consumption of coffee produces roughly 18 million tons of used coffee grounds annually – the weight of 4,500 Asian elephants! Instead of allowing health hazard chemicals of Spent Ground Coffee (SGC) to pollute our environment, AIT student has molded it into ‘Novel Media’ -- clay pebbles that reduce waste, treat wastewater, and grow plants – a 3-in-1 innovation.

Challenging Gender Role: Can Women be Good Engineers?

Between kitchen and the road, knitting kit and computer, or gardening and environmental engineering – which word of the pairs conjures up an image of women’s role in your mind? Joining AIT Gender and Development Studies program’s #ChooseToChallenge campaign on International Women’s Day, March 8, 2021, we hear from three AIT women engineers of how their chosen field of endeavor is challenging the society’s typical gender role.