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Shanti Menon
Shanti Menon juggles freelance writing and motherhood in New York City. She writes about science, the environment, travel, education, and the antics of her two small children. Her work has appeared in Discover, Yoga Journal, The New York Post and other publications.
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Stories by Shanti Menon
March 27, 2012
In the quest to keep children quiet for an hour or so, many parents blindly trot out to see whatever animated movie is showing in theaters. While The Lorax, with its Seussian provenance and environmental message, was... read more >
May 18, 2011
Boredom and bullies: That’s what environmental planner Sharon Danks sees in today’s schoolyards. But in San Francisco, she’s bringing the fun back by reconnecting kids with nature.
May 3, 2011
Even though I’ve been a mother for six years, I still find it a pleasant surprise to be on the receiving end of a Mother’s Day gift. My daughter is the one who reminds me that Mother’s Day is coming, and that she has made... read more >
November 9, 2010
Mike Repkin is growing produce right above the heads of his potential customers. Rooftop farming is scaling up in cities such as Chicago, New York, and Minneapolis.
October 14, 2010
As America struggles to get back to work, community colleges are preparing to bring their students where the jobs are -- on wind farms, in the green building sector, and elsewhere in the new green economy. More than 300... read more >
October 5, 2010
On Friday, the U.S. Green Building Council officially launched its Center for Green Schools, an initiative devoted to changing how America’s schools are designed, constructed and operated. The center boasts a multi-million... read more >
September 17, 2010
Half of the clothing that Americans buy is made in China, where textile-making is one of the most polluting industries in the world and the number-one source of water pollution. A new initiative seeks to change that.
September 15, 2010
Scientist-turned-fashion model Summer Rayne Oakes uses the runway as a platform for promoting environmental awareness and sustainability. But she'd rather be home with her roaches.
September 3, 2010
On village roads like these -- they’re footpaths, really, being pressed into service as roads -- having a pint-sized car is an advantage. And when gas runs nearly $4 a gallon, in a country where the average income is about $... read more >
August 19, 2010
People in this village, as I mentioned earlier, are a little suspicious of refrigerators. I offered some day-old refrigerated leftovers to Leela, a local housewife who's helping us with the cooking. She politely declined,... read more >
August 17, 2010
In Bangalore, the center of India's high-tech industry, bricks and mortar are still very much in evidence. On a single block in a quiet residential neighborhood of this laid back southern Indian city, I spotted four... read more >
August 8, 2010
"Current poyo?" asks a man on a bicycle, seeing our house in darkness. Yes, we tell him, the current has gone. Power outages are a frequent occurrence here in this village in Kerala, on India's palm-fringed southwest coast,... read more >
July 14, 2010
The notoriously toothless Toxic Substances Control Act could be revised this year, and the authors of this book make a colorful case for much-needed change.
March 16, 2010
I'll confess right now that I get the warm fuzzies just walking past a library, so the opening of a brand-new branch of the New York Public Library in itself is enough to thrill me. What's even more exciting about NYPL's new... read more >