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Announcing a Winner!
Posted 04/14/2016 10:40AM

UWC-USA is pleased to announce Bhushan Taludhar '87 as the recipient of The Giulio Regeni Alumni Impact Award. The Nepali Times refers to Bhushan as an "environmentalist with a can-do optimism". He is dedicated to incorporating and introducing new technology with existing traditional green practices in Nepal and other countries. His passion and commitment to sustainable "green living" is very deserving of the 2017 Impact Award. Bhushan views his experience at UWC- USA as a strong influence on his future vocation in life. The broad based education, exposure to outdoor activities and social work, and the overall international experience were all very influential in shaping his life and career path. After UWC-USA, Bhushan got his Masters in civil and environmental engineering at Cornell University. He returned to Nepal in 1998 and the Mayor of Kathmandu requested Bhushan to be one of his advisors. He established and headed the Environment Department of the city and served as a member of the city planning commission. He also led Clean Energy Nepal.

Bhushan is currently the chief technical advisor for South Asia for UN-Habitat's Urban Basic Services Branch. He provides advice to UN-Habitat's projects, mostly related to water and sanitation in South Asia. In recent years, Bhushan has been involved in various projects in Nepal and Pakistan. For the past three years, Bhushan broadcasts a weekly radio program on environmental issues. His programs and other interviews are accessible in YouTube.

Bhushan's body of work has garnered awards and recognition through the years. He received the Kathmandu Environment Award from the Kathmandu Metropolitan City Office for his work on improving the city's environment. He was formally recognized as an expert member of Nepal Climate Change Council chaired by the Prime Minister and the Board of Nepal's Solid Waste Management Technical Support Centre. Bhushan was also elected to be a Board Member of Sajha Yatayat, a public transport cooperative. His efforts are directed towards improving the standard of public transport in Kathmandu. Sajha Yatayat revived an old public transport service provider and now operates 46 buses in Kathmandu.

The April 2015 earthquake posed a major challenge for Bhushan, his family, community and Nepal. Right after the earthquake, Bhushan humbly compared his work as like that of most people in Nepal. But in actuality, he was involved in relief efforts and until now assists with some reconstruction work. Besides helping with reconstruction of homes and schools, Bhushan is involved in assisting in the reconstruction and conservation of traditional settlements and cultural heritage in Kathmandu Valley.

Outside of work, Bhushan is the role model of green and sustainable living. He lives and practices his ideology of green living. He advocates for clean air and sustainable mobility options, such as walking, cycling and public transportation, in Kathmandu as well as other places in Nepal is his daily lifestyle and he promotes this through mass media, social media and other public forums. He is committed to promoting open defecation-free communities and sanitation campaigns all over Nepal. He is focused on waste recycling, particularly educating the youth. "The spirit of UWC is very ingrained in Bhushan's life."-quote from peer nomination

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