Articles by Reena Karasin

Bringing Environmental Accountability to the Cleaning Industry

After years working in the cleaning industry, Marcelo Silva was burned out. “It’s a high-burnout industry,” he explains. “[There’s] this tendency of the industry of not caring for its actions, and not caring about how it handles its employees.” He took time off to reflect, asking himself, “What can I do that’s meaningful?” That question […]


Greentown Labs All Stars: C16 Biosciences

You might not realize how many items you use every day contain palm oil. Shampoo. Lipstick. Nutella. Bread. Ice cream. About half of all items at grocery stores include palm oil, sometimes under a different name, according to C16 Biosciences Co-founder Shara Ticku. The problem? Growing palm oil is a major cause of deforestation. It […]


Greentown Labs All Stars: Embr Labs

Ever sit shivering in your office building? Or dripping sweat in the muggy months? Three MIT scientists did, and they decided to do something about it. The Embr Wave Bracelet helps adjust the wearer’s wrist temperature by sending strategic wave patterns to thermoreceptor nerves. While your core body temperature doesn’t change, Embr Labs Co-founder Sam […]


Raise the Green Roof

A Q&A with Recover Green Roofs Co-founder Brendan Shea Tell us about yourself and how you got to the point of founding this company. I started working for a wastewater engineering company that used plants and bacteria to treat wastewater. We were using living systems to provide a traditionally mechanical function for a building.  I […]


True Bistro Pilots Gratuity Program for Kitchen Staff

For the team at True Bistro, vegan philosophy extends beyond food. That’s part of what drove the owners to test out a new Kitchen Appreciation Program (KAP) that adds a four percent gratuity for kitchen staff, Managing Consultant Suzi Gerber explains. “All the owners are vegan, and they’re vegan because they believe it’s the most right […]


The Welcome Project Gears Up for 10th YUM Festival

It’s the time of year again when immigrant-run restaurants from all over the city give back to the Welcome Project in a celebration of international food. YUM: A Taste of Immigrant City lets ticket-holders taste dishes from nine immigrant-run spots, including Rincón Mexicano, Masala, Istanbul’lu, and Yoshi’s. This year’s festival is scheduled for April 11 […]


Greentown Labs All Stars: Autonomous Marine Systems

When you consider how much of the planet is covered in water, we don’t know all that much about our oceans. Less than five percent of the ocean has been explored, according to Autonomous Marine Systems (AMS) CEO Ravi Paintal. The ways that researchers currently collect ocean data are costly and inefficient, Paintal argues. Most […]


O2 Yoga’s Vegan Cafe Aims to Transition Into Food Truck

VO2 Vegan Cafe, located inside O2 Yoga’s Cambridge location, has always been a family business. Mimi Loureiro was the driving force behind the Mass Ave. wellness center—made up of the cafe, O2 Yoga, and massage space—while her husband, Steven Carpenter, led its buildout. Their sons, Dylan and Deven Carpenter, worked in the cafe, and Deven, 15, […]



Union Tavern Launches Female-Fronted Residency

Susan Cattaneo’s love of singing started early. Her family was the “von Trapps of New Jersey,” she says, teaming up to sing six-part harmonies together. She’s now a full-time singer/songwriter, and is taking her talents to Union Tavern (formerly PA’s Lounge) every third Thursday in what she describes as a rarity in the Boston music […]


Greentown Labs All Stars: Biobot Analytics

What’s the key to gathering more information about epidemics? Looking at sewage, Biobot Analytics Co-founder and CEO Mariana Matus suggests. Matus first became attuned to the vast data available in sewage while getting her Ph.D. in computational biology at MIT. She and fellow co-founder Newsha Ghaeli made a list of all the things they could […]


Events Calendar: March & April

March 21 |  Community Growing Divides in Cambridge: A Tale of 2.0 Cities 6 to 7:30 p.m., Free Cambridge Public Library—449 Broadway, Cambridge The Cambridge Center for Adult Education presents this examination of the city’s growing income inequality as part of its “Conversations On the Edge” series. Cambridge Community Foundation President and CEO Geeta Pradhan […]