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Tania Gail Lipshutz Levy ’68

A picture of Tania Lipshutz Levy

Tania Gail Lipshutz Levy ’68, September 1, 2011, in San Francisco California, from complications following a heart attack. Tania earned a BA from Reed in Russian. After graduation, she homesteaded on 80 acres in Mendocino County, California, and earned certification in occupational therapy, working as a therapist for learning-disabled children. Her passion for the environment and for recycling led to a BA in environmental design from Sonoma State University and positions with Garbage Reincarnation, a nonprofit recycling and education center in Santa Rosa. During that time, she worked as a consultant and lobbyist on recycling and waste management issues, and cowrote “Garbage to Energy: the False Panacea” (Santa Rosa Recycling Center, 1983), a whole-systems look at the waste-to-energy concept. She also did graduate studies in energy and resources at the University of California, Berkeley. Among many accomplishments, she helped to establish and to implement California’s bottle bill in the late ’80s. Tania was a recycling specialist for the California Department of Conservation and recently retired from Berkeley’s recycling program. In retirement she planned to devote time to more environmental groups and causes, and, at the time of her death, she was working with Californians against Waste and with Marin County on a plastic bag ordinance. Tania married Andy Milberg, a video producer and artist, in 1985, and she raised a son, Daniel.

Appeared in Reed magazine: March 2012

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