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Compost Parks: A New Vision for Food Waste

Proposed compost parks in New York City

Green Loops would be built like piers in New York's waterways with compost facilities at street level and park space on the upper level.

A big problem like food waste in America is going to take big ideas to tackle, and that’s why we like the visionary new plan for dealing with New York City’s organic waste floated by a young architecture firm earlier this month. Present Architecture proposed building a network of Green Loops on the waterways surrounding the city that would have a dual purpose: compost organic waste and provide new park space.

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3 Golden Rules of Recycling

recycling bins

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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!

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Seattle Vs. Denver: Who Wins the Sustainable Super Bowl?

Denver vs Seattle Eco Smackdown

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Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos fans may not see eye to eye about who they want to win Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVIII, but supporters of these two football teams do share one thing in common: They live in eco-minded cities. So we thought we’d pit Denver against Seattle in our own EcoSmackdown to see who really comes out on top on food and fuel sustainability issues.

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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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