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Sustainable America Events

Part of our work here at Sustainable America is helping to spread the word and foster conversations about food and fuel issues. We do that here on the blog, as well at industry events. Here’s a quick update about some of the great events Sustainable America is going to be a part of this fall.

October 7
Trucking Best Practices and Technology Workshop

The trucking industry has a lot of untapped potential for reduce fuel consumption through efficiency. Sustainable America Executive Director Jeremy Kranowitz will be moderating a strategy discussion on trucking efficiency titled “How Can the Industry Move to Greater Fuel Efficiency” with panelists from Frito Lay, Werner Trucks, Navistar and Meritor at the High-Efficiency Truck Users Forum National Meeting in conjunction with the The Carbon War Room.

October 7-9

Using what we learned this summer at Stamford, Connecticut’s Alive @ Five concert series, we’ll be helping to recycle food waste at SXSW Eco in Austin as the event’s official Food & Waste Education Partner. Kranowitz and Gray Peckham, Sustainable America’s director of investments, will also be participating in the conference’s programing as part of a business panel called Optimus PRI: Making Transformative Investments led by experts in Program-Related Investments. The panel will address the opportunities and challenges in making investments in early stage companies in sustainable energy and agriculture.

October 31
Sustainable America / Greentown Labs Fellowship Application Deadline

We’re accepting applications from cleantech start-ups for this Boston-based fellowship though Oct. 17. The winning team will receive a $5,000 cash grant for general operating expenses, rent covering a one-year residence in the co-working space at Greentown Labs in Somerville, Mass. (worth up to $5,000), and a brand-identity audit with follow-up advisement from marketing firm Ocupop.

November 7
National Consortium of Specialized Secondary Schools in Mathematics, Science and Technology 2013 Professional Conference

Kranowitz will be speaking about how to apply STEM disciplines to solve some of our nation’s most intractable environmental problems.

November 12-14 2013 Global Cleantech Meetup The Meetup brings together innovators and adopters from around the world with the core focus to form relationships designed to finance, grow, and demonstrate clean energy and water technologies.

November 14
Greentown Labs Demo Day

Finalists in the Sustainable America / Greentown Labs Fellowship Program will be invited to attend this one-day business plan competition and networking event, where the winner will be announced.

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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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