Innovation

Leilani Münter: The Best Green-Sports Story of 2018

Dec 19th, 2018 | By Lew Blaustein

Eco-athletes became more of a thing in 2018 — and that’s a very good thing, according to Lew Blaustein, who writes about the intersection of sports and the environment for GreenSportsBlog. This year, he named racecar driver Leilani Münter as the best green sports story of the year. Here he explains how Münter’s steadfast dedication to environmental issues is paying off.
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Transportation, Eco Living

Video: Save Gas, Become a ‘Hypermiler’

Dec 11th, 2018 | By Amy Leibrock

For those of us who must rely on a car, there’s actually a way to be much more fuel-efficient every time you drive. The secret is hypermiling, a set of driving techniques that can help you beat your car’s MPG rating. Our new video explains how it works.
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Transportation

Making EVs Possible for Low-Income Drivers

Nov 30th, 2018 | By Dani Burlison

As electric vehicle ownership continues to grow in the United States, the purchase price is still a barrier for low-income buyers, despite tax incentives. A few innovative programs have emerged to ensure that these drivers aren’t left behind.
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Eco Ideas

Video: How to Waste Less Bread

Nov 13th, 2018 | By Amy Leibrock

How many times have you reached into the breadbox only to find a hard, crusty rock where a fresh loaf of bread used to be? It’s time to take back the bread! Here’s how to keep bread fresh as long as possible, plus tips for using up all those stale bread bits.
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Transportation

Drive Green in 2019: 8 Eco-Friendly Vehicles to Look For Next Year

Nov 5th, 2018 | By Liz Knueven

Combine advances in engineering with a demand renewed demand for crossovers and SUVs, and it looks like 2019 will be the year of the electric SUV. Luxury giants Audi and Jaguar are adding their first fully electric SUVs, while popular brands Hyundai and Kia are electrifying current crossovers and SUVs and adding new vehicles to their lineups. Here’s a peek at what you’ll be seeing in the showrooms.
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Food System

Farm-to-School: 4 Things I Learned Buying Local Food for a School District

Oct 25th, 2018 | By Brandi Janssen

Sourcing local food for school lunches is, presumably, a win-win: students get fresh, local food and area farmers have new, consistent marketing options. "If only it were that simple!" writes local food system advocate Brandi Janssen. Here she shares some of the lessons learned when she helped start a farm to school program in an Iowa school district. Despite a slow start, that program has grown tenfold in seven years.
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Innovation

Mission-Driven Investments Move Sustainability into the Mainstream

Oct 18th, 2018 | By Gray Peckham

When Sustainable America was founded in 2012, it was a bit of a maverick in the non-profit world. We went a step beyond what was standard at the time by investing in early-stage companies engaged in solving environmental problems. What followed was a string of 15 rigorous, mission-aligned investments that continue to grow and create financial, social, and environmental benefits. The success of this portfolio has shown that investing in these kinds of companies can be profitable, which is critical for the longevity of this sector. Learn more about our portfolio and how some of the most successful companies are making a difference.
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Food System

Six Ways To Help Small Family Farmers

Oct 12th, 2018 | By Nicole Rogers

The image of the family farmer holds a special place in the hearts Americans. Fifty years ago a small family farm would probably have been passed down from one generation to the next, or sold to another small family farmer. These days it’s much more likely that the land will pass into the hands of a large-scale farm.
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Eco Living

Skin to Seed: How to Eat an Entire Pumpkin

Oct 11th, 2018 | By Amy Leibrock

Pumpkins. The plump, orange orbs are everywhere this time of year. While you’re picking out a few for Halloween decorations, it’s worth it to set aside a few for eating too. We’ve rounded up some recipes that will help you make use of everything but the stem, and we’ve found some ideas for what to do with the ones that get carved as well.
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