It’s finally here: Today is Fairfield County Giving Day! Until midnight tonight, your donations to Sustainable America through fcgives.org will help us win matching contributions from a pool of over $100,000 that has been established by the Fairfield County Community Foundation in Connecticut.
Whether you donate $10 or $100, you’re helping us win!
10 foods you can find all season long
In many parts of the country, locally available fresh produce is strictly limited by the seasons. But despite the dearth of fresh produce in winter, you can still round out your diet with locally sourced foods like the 10 listed in our infographic below. You might have to do a little research to find them all in your area, but your effort will be deliciously rewarded.
Which numbers can I recycle? Cap or no cap? What about plastic bags? It’s no wonder we’re confused.
Recycling programs have been in place for decades, so you’d think we’d all be pros by now. But many of us still hesitate at the recycling bin as we try to figure out what can and cannot be recycled. Which numbers can I recycle? Cap or no cap? What about plastic bags? And as communities begin to add organics collection programs, there’s bound to be an extra layer of confusion around the compost bin. These three simple rules—plus some insight into what happens to your recyclables once they’re dumped in the truck—will set you on the path to being a zero-waste champion!
RightPSI wants to simplify a task we all put off—and save us gas, money and time
How often do you check your car’s tire pressure? Do you even know how often you should check your tire pressure? It’s not a difficult task, but it’s not convenient, either. You have to find your gauge, keep track of four tiny caps, get your hands dirty, wrestle with an air hose. Is it all worth it? Well, yes. And a new product called RightPSI will make the task much easier.
Breweries are turning a beer-making byproduct into green gold
The average American drinks about 300 beers a year—that’s almost six billion pints nationwide. All that beer begins as a boil of grains that are discarded early in the process. Sending thousands of pounds of damp, spent grains to the landfill is not only expensive, it’s a waste of resources. But brewers are an ingenious group, and many—large and small—have found myriad ways to get more mileage from this useful byproduct.
White House says higher fuel economy will reduce dependence on foreign oil, cut fuel costs and lower consumer prices.
As part of an ongoing efficiency and conservation effort, President Obama announced this week that his administration will set higher fuel-efficiency standards for medium- and heavy-duty trucks by March 2016, a move that could reduce dependence on foreign oil, cut fuel costs, and lower consumer prices.
A showcase for the best food and fuel innovations
When it came time to design permanent office space for Sustainable America in Stamford, Conn., our dream was for it to be more than just a collection of desks and conference rooms. We wanted to showcase the innovations that will help us build more sustainable food and fuel systems. Here’s a first look at our plans: compost bins, growing walls, EVs and more!
Is neighborly competition the key to saving the environment?
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.
How we're building a portfolio for maximum impact
If you’ve been following Sustainable America’s evolution over the last two years, you know that part of our philosophy is that investing in entrepreneurs and startups is an effective way to help increase the sustainability of our food and fuel systems. What you might not know is how we do it, and what some of our criteria are for making these investments.
Clare Roth wants to put an end to unnecessary idling
In January, Sustainable America received an unexpected call. It was from Clare Roth, a Northwestern University senior journalism student who had learned of our “I Turn It Off” pledge campaign to end unnecessary vehicle idling. A member of her school’s speech team, Roth had chosen vehicle idling as the topic for the prepared speech she would be competing with throughout the season—and she wanted to see if we could send her materials to hand out at the events.
Help us compete for $100,000 in prizes
If you’d like to help Sustainable America efforts to make our nation’s food and fuel systems more sustainable, mark your calendar for March 7. Your donation will help us compete for bonus funds on Fairfield County Giving Day.
Sustainable America helped a popular food event start a new composting tradition
Last weekend, Sustainable America was on hand at Connecticut’s Chowdafest to help divert food waste to composting, instead of where it usually goes in the area: to an incinerator. And perhaps the biggest win of all was that both a percentage of the proceeds and a large amount of direct food donations went to the Connecticut Food Bank to help feed the hungry.
Show support for the food waste issue by signing Food Shift's appeal to the EPA
Food Shift, a nonprofit organization that works to find sustainable solutions to reduce food waste, has started a petition that we’re enthusiastically supporting. It’s an appeal to the EPA to approve and fund “Food: Too Good to Waste,” a comprehensive toolkit designed to help communities across the country reduce the amount of food they lose and waste. You’re invited to learn more and show your support.
When's the last time you used a whole loaf of bread, down to the last crumb?
When’s the last time you used a whole loaf of bread, down to the last crumb, before it went stale or moldy? Before you trash those lonely slices, check out our infographic for some fantastic ways to use stale bread.