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Dr. Roopali Phadke to Present on e-Waste Recycling at Earth Fest, April 23rd in Mt. Iron

Dr. Roopali Phadke
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Dr Roopali Phadke will present at the Iron Range Earth Fest on Saturday, April 23rd. Dr. Phadke's topic is "Recycling Precious Metals from e-Waste."

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On Saturday April 23rd, KAXE is co-sponsoring the Iron Range Earth Fest in Mt. Iron, MN. This annual event connects people from all over around topics related to sustainability, the future of northern MN, and appreciation of the environment. There are a number of sustainability-related speakers at this year's fest, and one of the featured speakers is Dr. Roopali Phadke, a professor of Environmental Studies at Macalester College in St. Paul. At the event, Dr. Phadke will give the Saturday featured presentation titled "Recycling Precious Metals From e-Waste". Dr. Phadke chatted with News Director Heidi Holtan and Senior Correspondent Scott Hall to discuss the problems with e-Waste and the promise of reimagining how we reuse it.

Dr. Phadke specializes in citizen science and community-based research methodologies, so the interview conversation is accessible to everyone. Dr Phadke is a skilled communicator and can explain complex and scientific concepts in a way that will make sense to a general listener. To learn more about e-Waste and the benefits of recycling it, listen to the entire interview with Dr. Phadke by clicking the player at the top of the page.

Along with learning about e-Waste at the Earth Fest, participants may also bring any e-Waste they may have laying around in their "drawer of shame" to be recycled.

Also on Saturday, KAXE/KBXE staff phenologist, John Latimer will lead a phenology walk starting at 12:30pm at the Merritt Elementary School entrance. The concluding presentation of the day on Saturday, April 23rd will be given by Robert Blake of Solar Bear, whose presentation is titled "Native Nations Leading the Way in Renewable Energy."

For more information, including a full list of speakers, click here to visit the Earth Fest website.

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Heidi Holtan has worked at KAXE/KBXE for over 20 years. She currently helms the Morning Show as News and Public Affairs Director. Heidi is a regional correspondent for WDSE/WRPT's Duluth Public Television’s Almanac North. In 2018 Heidi received the “Building Bridges in Media” award from the Islamic Resource Group for her work on KAXE/KBXE hosting conversations about anti-Muslim movements in rural Minnesota.
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Max Philbrook (he/him) is a Producer at KAXE focused on telling the stories of the people, events, and organizations that make up the fabric of northern Minnesota. Based out of Grand Rapids, Max spends his time reading fiction at the library, seeing sports and live music, and supporting the arts and cultural events in the area. Get in touch with Max if you have a story to tell, an event to publicize, or just want to chat about life in the northland.
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