15 articles by Jeremy Kranowitz


Transportation

How to Get Paid to Report Idling in New York City

Sep 19th, 2019 | By Jeremy Kranowitz

New York City is rewarding citizens for improving air quality. Thanks to activist George Pakenham, citizens can file complaints against idling vehicles and pocket 25% of the fine, which can range from $350 to $2,000. Here’s how it works.
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Eco Living

Keeping It Cool

Jun 29th, 2016 | By Jeremy Kranowitz

Recently, I went to my mother-in-law’s house for a family celebration. As usual, I was called upon to bring a second dining table up from the basement to fit 14 of us. In the basement, as always, the surplus food and drink for the big meal was stored in a second refrigerator that she keeps down there.
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Transportation

Accelerating to a Fuel-Efficient Future

Apr 7th, 2016 | By Jeremy Kranowitz

There have been two competing car narratives happening recently. A few weeks ago, the New York Times reported on how improvements in overall fuel economy have stalled, not surprisingly since the price of gasoline has dropped to $2 per gallon. But the options for drivers who want to buy electric vehicles are better than ever.
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Innovation

2015 Year-End Review: A Year of Ingenuity

Feb 15th, 2016 | By Jeremy Kranowitz

One of the most popular movies of 2015 was The Martian, a story of an astronaut, stranded on Mars, who uses ingenuity to grow food in poor Martian soil, capture solar energy to extend the distance he can travel in rovers, and communicate with the public on Earth. This captivating movie has a lot in common with the year we had at Sustainable America.
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Transportation

How Electric Vehicles Can Work for You

May 1st, 2015 | By Jeremy Kranowitz

As a Washington, DC, native, I thought I understood traffic well, but I didn't truly know how bad it could be until I moved to Connecticut. I drive a Ford C-Max Energi to work, and this 16-mile drive can easily take an hour door-to-door, and that's all highway miles.
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Transportation

New York City May Enlist Citizens to Help Enforce Idling Laws

Mar 9th, 2015 | By Jeremy Kranowitz

Laws against idling vehicles are on the books across the country, but in many places, including New York City, they aren’t heavily enforced. Two New York City Council members are hoping to change that by introducing a bill on Wednesday that will reward citizens for reporting idling violators. If adopted, citizens could upload videos of idling vehicles to a city website and receive a payment if fines are collected.
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Food System

New Dietary Guidelines: Cut Back on Meat to Help the Environment

Feb 25th, 2015 | By Jeremy Kranowitz

Last week brought big food news affecting everything on our dining room table, from eggs and coffee at breakfast to steaks at dinner. It came in the form of the latest recommendations from the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee for amounts of various foods that Americans should eat. Read Executive Director Jeremy Kranowitz's reaction to the news.
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Eco Living

2014 in Review: A Message From Our Executive Director

Feb 2nd, 2015 | By Jeremy Kranowitz

The problem is clear: Two of the top three expenses for most Americans are food and fuel, even despite today’s lower gas prices. Our current food and fuel systems are tightly interconnected and unsustainable. Sustainable America’s mission is to tackle these issues by helping to reduce America’s oil consumption by 50 percent and increase food availability by 50 percent over the next two decades. Here are a few highlights of our organization’s accomplishments and milestones that made a difference in 2014.
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Transportation

How We Got an EV Charger at Work (and You Can, Too)

Jan 16th, 2015 | By Jeremy Kranowitz

I drive a plug-in electric hybrid to work, and often mine isn’t the only PEV in the lot. With all this electric vehicle traffic, we realized it was high time to install an EV charger at our headquarters. We are not the only tenants in our building, and we wanted everyone to be able to fill up their batteries at work. Here’s how we went about it, plus some tips for those of you who want to lobby your employer to install a charger at your workplace.
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Transportation

The Future of Driving, Right in Our Parking Lot

Sep 24th, 2014 | By Jeremy Kranowitz

The first step to getting people to switch to alternative-fuel vehicles is to get them behind the wheel of one. That was the idea behind our “Cars and Cocktails” event last week in Stamford, where we assembled something for everyone—from super-affordable electric cars to a top-of-the line Tesla—all in one parking lot.
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Eco Living

The Compostable Cup Conundrum

Aug 22nd, 2014 | By Jeremy Kranowitz

In theory, compostable cups made from corn seem like a great idea, but in practice they're not aways the environmental boon we'd like them to be. Find out why in the latest blog post from Executive Director Jeremy Kranowitz.
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Transportation

The Ups and Downs of Charging an EV at the Airport

Jun 26th, 2014 | By Jeremy Kranowitz

The road to widespread electric vehicle adoption continues to be a bumpy one. One of the continuing problems is a relatively limited distance that can be driven between charges and the still-developing EV-charging infrastructure. As a new plug-in hybrid driver, one of the biggest challenges I’ve come across since I’ve started using our organization’s Ford C-Max Energy is charging it at the airport. Here's what I've found...
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Food System

Reviving Neighborhoods with Aquaponics

Mar 18th, 2014 | By Jeremy Kranowitz

At Sustainable America, we are focused on ways to double or triple the amount of local food produced on urban farms and in what are known as “controlled environment agriculture” efforts, which include hydroponics, aquaponics and, more recently, aeroponics. We see lots of opportunities to develop the market for CEA systems in the thousands of abandoned factory buildings, warehouses, shopping malls and school buildings across the country.
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Eco Living

Keeping Up With the Joneses

Feb 17th, 2014 | By Jeremy Kranowitz

Peer pressure can be a powerful thing. It’s not so great in middle school when it can lead to group bullying or encourage youth to take unnecessary risks. But when it comes to making small behavior changes, it turns out that we are more likely to take a step when we can look to our peers for support—or a little friendly competition.
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Eco Living

2013 in Review: A Letter From Our Executive Director

Jan 23rd, 2014 | By Jeremy Kranowitz

It has been an exciting year. 2013 was the first full year of operation for Sustainable America. The generous support and clear vision of Nick Tiller, our founder and chairman, provided us with a simple mandate: to improve the sustainability of America’s food and transportation fuel systems, and we're proud of our progress so far. We've just released our 2013 Year-End Report that details the year's efforts and accomplishments and shares our plans for 2014.
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