Transportation

Report: More EVs and Cleaner Grid Can Lower Emissions Significantly by 2050

Oct 22nd, 2015 | By Amy Leibrock

Some studies have found that replacing gasoline vehicles with electric vehicles is like trading one dirty fossil fuel for another if the electricity is coming from a coal-fired power plant. Other studies make a good case for driving electric even in regions dominated by coal. These studies are helpful if you’re evaluating which car to buy and drive today, but what about in the future? What impact can getting more EVs on the road have as the energy grid gets cleaner? Can EVs make a significant difference in lowering total emissions?
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Food System

'Waste Free Kitchen Handbook' Offers Advice for Home Cooks

Oct 12th, 2015 | By Amy Leibrock

Even for the most motivated among us, cutting down on food waste at home can mean changing lifelong habits of shopping, cooking and eating. Luckily, there's a new book that can help. The Waste Free Kitchen Handbook by Dana Gunders, staff scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council, is a slim, encouraging guide to wasting less food packed with practical, attainable strategies for busy people.
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Eco Living

Collegiate Sports Are Going Green

Jun 24th, 2014 | By Amy Leibrock

Momentum is growing in the green sports movement as folks are putting more effort into reducing waste and energy consumption at major sporting events. We are excited to see that this trend has spread to collegiate sports, as well. Last week at the Collegiate Sports Sustainability Summit a new resource was released that will make campuses and sporting events greener.
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Eco Living

Staff Challenge: Grow More Food!

Jun 16th, 2014 | By Gray Peckham

For Earth Day this year, we Sustainable America staff members challenged ourselves to work on ways to be greener in our everyday lives. First up is Gray, our director of investments, who said he was going to grow food in containers and compost at home. Here's how he did...
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Food System

Can the EU Reduce Food Waste By Dumping “Best Before” Labels?

May 29th, 2014 | By Amy Leibrock

Confusion over food expiration date labels is leading to mountains of food being thrown out before it’s gone bad. A proposed change to the EU's “best before” label could save 15 million tons of food per year from being wasted. Will the U.S. be next?
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Food System

Peanuts and Cracker Jacks and...Compost?

Mar 26th, 2014 | By Amy Leibrock

Composting may not be the first thing that comes to you mind when you think about eating at a ball game, but the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is working to change that. This week, the environmental group has published the Guide to Composting at Sports Venues, a free resource for stadiums that want to reduce and manage their food waste more effectively.
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Food System

The Future Looks Bright for Compost Pioneers

Mar 22nd, 2013 | By Aubrey Yee

With commercial composting starting to take off, innovative businesses are harnessing the profit potential of turning everyday organic waste into compost for sale - savings tons of food from the landfill and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
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Food System

Food Waste Entrepreneurs

Feb 4th, 2013 | By Aubrey Yee

These innovative entrepreneurs are turning the crisis of food waste into a profitable business opportunity.
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Food System

A New NRDC Report Shows That America Wastes 40% of Its Food

Oct 1st, 2012 | By Nicole Rogers

40% of food available to Americans is discarded, and most of that uneaten food ends up rotting in landfills. A new [report](http://www.nrdc.org/food/wasted-food.asp) by the NRDC has compiled many existing statistics to demonstrate the magnitude of [food waste](http://www.sustainableamerica.org/blog/what-is-food-waste-and-why-does-it-matterwhat-is-food-waste-and-what-can-we-do-about-it/) in the U.S.
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