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Renewable Natural Gas: Clean, Green Energy

How Waste Can Be Used to Make Renewable Natural Gas

Think natural gas only comes from reserves of ancient fossils trapped deep underground? Think again. We’re actually sitting on a much-overlooked but plentiful source of natural gas here in America — and we don’t have to drill into the ground to get it. Check out our infographic to learn more.

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Ag and Energy Startups Compete in Louisville

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Participants in the 2013 Louisville Agriculture and Cleantech Accelerator program helped harvest wheatberries at Fox Hollow Farm.

Sustainable America is proud to be a partnering with Village Capital and VentureWell as a sponsor of the 2013 Louisville Agriculture and Cleantech Accelerator program, a sustainable energy and agriculture business competition in Louisville, Kentucky. This competition is seeking the next generation of enterprises focused on technology-driven solutions to the country’s most pressing agriculture and energy issues. Here’s an update on this exciting program.

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Startups: Apply to Compete for $50,000

VilCap/VentureWell – Louisville Agriculture and Cleantech Accelerator program

We are excited to announce our upcoming participation in the 2013 VilCap/VentureWell – Louisville Agriculture and Cleantech Accelerator program, a sustainable energy and agriculture business competition in Louisville, Kentucky. This competition is seeking the next generation of enterprises focused on technology-driven solutions to the country’s most pressing agriculture and energy issues.

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A Surprising Food Waste Solution

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When it comes to disposing of kitchen food waste, nothing beats good, old-fashioned composting. But if you haven’t made the leap yet, there may another way to prevent your food scraps from ending up in landfills. In fact, you may already be using it.

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How Much Corn Should We Put in Our Fuel Tanks? [video]

Want to know more about Sustainable America’s mission and work? Watch Executive Director Jeremy Kranowitz explain how the rising demand for oil and food is dangerously intertwined and what we plan to do about it.

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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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Middle East Hack Attack

A recent attack on the computer system of Saudi Arabia’s state-owned oil company, Saudi Aramco, by Iranian computer hackers was alarming and should have Americans taking note. Aramco is the producer of 11 million barrels per day, or approximately 13% of the world’s oil output. This resonates with Sustainable America’s mission to reduce U.S. oil dependency. Gray Peckham, an analyst at Sustainable America, explains.

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The debate over Natural Gas

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Natural gas as an alternative to oil has been a heated topic of debate. With the release of films like “Gaslands” and other calls for alarm in the media, it’s become difficult to discern reality from unfounded anxiety. We’ve tried to clarify this complex issue by laying out the basic arguments and evidence from both sides of the camp. With the lower emissions of natural gas and its position as a currently cheaper and domestically produced alternative to imported oil, there seems to be a strong case for natural gas as an intermediate solution to help ease America’s oil addiction while we refine more long-term sustainable alternatives.

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Renewable Energy Around The World

In light of the G20 Summit in Mexico this summer, Sustainable America took a look at what has changed since 2002, when this group of finance ministers and central bank governors from 20 major economies pledged to “substantially increase” the use of renewable energy.

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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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