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Dr Prasad Modak holds BTech (Civil Engg) & MTech (Environmental Science and Engg) from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, and Doctor of Environmental Engg from Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand. He joined the Centre for Environmental Science and Engineering at IIT Bombay as a faculty member in 1984. He left IIT Bombay in 1995 to set up Environmental Management Centre LLP. In 2012, he established Ekonnect Knowledge Foundation - a Section-8 not-for-profit company. He served as Dean, IL&FS Academy for Applied Development (IAAD) and functioned as Chief Sustainability Officer at IL&FS Ltd. He is currently, Adjunct Professor at the Centre for Technology Alternatives in Rural Areas at IIT, Bombay
Dr Modak has worked with almost all key UN, multi-lateral and bi-lateral developmental institutions in the world. Prominent amongst these include UNEP Geneva, Paris and Osaka offices; UNDP and UNDESA, New York, UNIDO, Vienna; DFID, London; GIZ and CDG, Germany; Asian Productivity Organization (APO), Tokyo; SIDA; Embassy of the Netherlands, New Delhi; FAO; the World Bank;, IFC; Asian Development Bank and the New Development Bank, China.
Apart from Government of India and various State Governments, Dr Modak has advised the Governments of Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Mauritius, Thailand and Vietnam. Recently he was inducted on the India Resources Panel (for secondary material flows) by the Ministry of Environment & Forests and Climate Change, Government of India.
Dr Modak has published books with the UN University on EIA (translations in Chinese, Japanese), Tokyo; Oxford University Press; UNEP, Paris on Textile Industry and Environment and Centre for Environmental Education in India on Waste Minimization. He served as Hon. Editor of the Journal of Indian Water Works from 1998 to 2004. He coordinated the chapter on Waste Management and Recycling in UNEP’s Green Economy Report; contributed a chapter on Waste and Resource Management in UNEP/ISWA’s Global Waste Management Outlook and assisted UNCRD to establish IPLA - International Partnership for Expanding Waste Management Services of Local Authorities. Currently he is working as Principal Author of the Asia Waste Management Outlook for UNEP IETC.
Dr Modak has been a recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award of AITAA in 2010 for Significant Contribution to International Affairs. He was elected to the Board Certified Member at the American Association of Environmental Engineers in recognition of his work in research & practice. He is now the Founder President of Indian Society for Indoor Environment.
Music, Education, Travel and Environmental Movements are some of his passions in life.
In my life, I have been fortunate enough to become a Professor, practice as a Consultant and establish an organization as an Entrepreneur. Furthermore, my proximity to the Government, International Development Financing Institutions and Corporates, gave me unique exposure and experience. Indeed, these multiple roles have helped me acquire a holistic perspective on environmental management and sustainability. My extensive travel across continents has added yet another dimension of professional and personal experience that I really cherish. I met amazing people as I globe trotted and made wonderful friends in this process.
I started writing posts on my blog site since 2014. The focus of the posts was to raise issues of concern on environmental management and sustainability relevant to India. Today there are more than 1300 followers and more than 45000 views. Enthused by this response, I released a compilation of 60 select posts early this year captioned “SIXTY SHADES OF GREEN”. This book has been well received.
The second book presents 25 posts that reflect my personal experiences (I call them BLUE) and another 25 posts that continue to deal with issues regarding environmental management and sustainability (the GREEN). It is really hard to put the posts in the separate boxes such as GREEN and BLUE as there are several overlaps and intersects that represent various SHADES of BLUE and GREEN.
In all the posts, like before, I use humor and satire and tell the “stories”. Most of the ‘stories’ are not necessarily real … but created from my experiences and suitably crafted for the purpose of sharing.
‘My Professor Friend’ is a character I have created, essentially to provide another point of view. I simply adore this character and often wish that he was real! Sometimes I cite names of people, only to project “real world” and a feel of “authenticity”. No offence is intended to anyone. And I do hope that the readers understand this perspective. The messages of the stories are the key takeaways. But these messages are often hidden.
One of the characteristics of the posts is that while narrating these stories, knowledge is embedded in an implicit manner. Sometimes references are cited for further reading. The book could potentially be used as a supplement to a course on Environmental Management & Sustainability. Some of the posts could be used to open up group discussions or formulate assignments.
I do hope that you enjoy this collection of 50 posts of the shades of BLUE and GREEN.