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ENVS Master’s Alum Raj Vable recognized as one of “100 Ducks Who Made A Difference”

Excerpt from Around the O website: Vable, MS ’12 (environmental studies), launched Young Mountain Tea in 2013 while on a Fulbright Fellowship in the Kumaon region.

At the time he was working with Avani, a Himalayan nonprofit that converts dead pine needles to fuel, giving people an alternative to chopping down trees. Inspired by the region’s potential to produce teas on par with neighboring Darjeeling, Vable promised Avani if they would plant tea, he would buy their entire harvest; the partners received a grant to get started and Young Mountain Tea was born.

Vable later secured a fellowship to open a Young Mountain Tea store in the US, now in Springfield. Since then, he’s won a World Tea award for building India’s next generation of tea producers and his company has secured national distribution for Kumaon teas.

Congratulations to Raj!