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The Massachusetts Food Waste Ban

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Some states and municipalities in the U.S. are implementing food waste bans that prohibit sending food waste to landfills. Massachusetts has one of the most ambitious plans to ban large businesses and institutions from discarding food waste beginning in 2014.

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Total Reuse: One Bin for All

The city of Houston has won a prize from Bloomberg Philanthropies to make their “One Bin for All” plan a reality. With the country’s first total resource recovery facility in place, the city plans to find productive uses for discarded food and other recyclables.

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Obama Proposes Clean Energy Trust

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On Friday, President Obama proposed the establishment of an Energy Security Trust, which would use $2 billion in royalties from offshore gas and oil leasing to fund clean energy technologies.

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Managing Our Resource Futures

The recently released report from Chatham House takes a hard look at the challenges that lie ahead in the future as the world’s most crucial resources come under the increased strain of over-consumption.

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Fuel Economy at a Record High

Fuel economy in America hit an all time high of 23.8 mpg for 2012, according to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute’s Eco-Driving Index.

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7 Ways The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 Benefits Alternative Fuels

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The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 included several incentives that benefit the alternative fuels industry through the end of 2013. The credits will help lower the price of alternative fuels and make them more competitive with fossil fuels, as well as help start-ups grow their businesses.

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Indianapolis to Be First City to Shift Entire Fleet to Alternative Fuels

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Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard announced plans to convert all the city’s vehicles to alternative fuel sources by 2025, making it the first major U.S. city to aim for a total conversion to non-oil-based fuels.

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California passes a bill to legalize self-driving cars

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California Senate Bill 1298 legalizes self-driving cars. And if Google owner Sergey Brin has his way, Google software will soon be driving them…

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The U.S. Navy is Seeking Independence From Foreign Oil

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus is on a mission to decrease the U.S. Navy’s dependence on foreign oil. In his words, “We simply buy too much petroleum either from potentially or actually volatile places on earth.” In 2009, he announced a plan to fuel half the Navy’s energy consumption through alternative fuels by 2020. “We’re doing this for one reason,” Mabus stated, “We’re doing it to be better warfighters.” The Navy has started to demonstrate some of the progress they have made with “drop-in replacement” advanced biofuels this year.

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The Bike Superhighways of Denmark

Today, cycling is part of Copenhagen’s culture. Bikes are everywhere! But there was a time when vehicle traffic clogged Denmark’s capital city’s roads. In the 1970s Denmark faced an energy crisis, a recession, and increasing car traffic congestion. The public demanded better transportation infrastructure and options.

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By the Numbers

Currently 50 million households suffer from food insecurity, meaning that family members cannot always meet their basic food needs.

10 million people a year could be fed through the recovery of just one-fifth of food waste.

Only 2% of food waste is composted or otherwise recycled—62% of paper is recycled.

Consumers throw out about 40% of the fresh and frozen fish they buy.

The U.S. produced 208 pounds of meat per person in 2009—60% more than Europe.

Low income commuters spend a much higher proportion of their wages on gas—8.6% versus 2.1% at $4 per gallon.

Food prices rose 35-40 percentage points between 2002–2008.

Americans consume 25% of the world’s produced oil, but our nation holds less than 3% of the world’s proven oil reserves.

The International Energy Agency says greenhouse gas emissions rose 3.2% last year, with a 9.3% increase in China offsetting declines in the US and EU.


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