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Sustainable America Joins 1% for the Planet

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Sustainable America is thrilled to join the growing network of businesses and nonprofit partners aligning through the 1% for the Planet movement to protect and improve our world. Just like the team at 1%, we passionately believe in the power of connections and the strength of a bond between businesses and mission-driven organizations.

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Notes from the Road: ECO:nomics

Toyota will be launching a fuel cell vehicle in California in 2015

Toyota will be launching a fuel cell vehicle in California in 2015

Earlier this month, I attended The Wall Street Journal’s ECO:nomics conference where top business and environmental leaders, policy makers and entrepreneurs met to discuss the intersection of business and the environment. This wasn’t a sudden embrace of the green movement by the preeminent business newspaper in the U.S. — it was a very realistic look at both the opportunities and threats that these companies face from environmental issues. Here’s a peek at what these leaders are thinking about food and fuel issues.

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Finalists Announced for Sustainable America/Greentown Labs Fellowship

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The applications are in for our new fellowship program, and we’re excited by all the innovative startups that applied. We’ve narrowed the applicant pool down to nine exciting ventures engaged in trying to solve a number of problems in agriculture and transportation via sustainable solutions.

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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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