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Rising Stars: High Schoolers Win National Contest on Sustainability

Will Hart and Shikha Jaaswal

Will Hart and Shikha Jaaswal, winners of the 2014 National Future Business Leaders of America Competition

A few months ago, a couple of local high school students came to us for help with a project. They were looking for information about sustainability and green practices for a video they were producing. We were happy to help, but little did we know how far that video would take them.

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5 Ways to Green Your K-Cup

Rack of Keurig K-Cups

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While the convenience and variety afforded by single-serve coffee systems is celebrated by many, the appliance’s darker side—the mountains of unrecyclable waste—is equally abhorred by those concerned about the impacts of on-demand coffee. Fortunately, more sustainable alternatives have been popping up on the market that allow you to keep using your single-serve system (and enjoying that hot cup of coffee when you want it) while reducing plastic waste and capturing the used coffee grounds for compost.

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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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How Green Is Your Airline?

A new ranking of U.S. domestic airlines based on fuel efficiency makes it easier for passengers to choose a lower carbon footprint on their next flight.

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Will Insects Save Our Food Supply?

Insects contain more protein per pound than any meat and are easy to raise with little polluting side effects. Will we all eat insects in the future?

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Food Forests Take Root

Last spring, the city of Seattle announced plans for the nation’s first food forest, and people around the country immediately took notice. News of the 7-acre public park to be converted into a free, open, public food forest spread through blogs and other news publications and before long others decided to embrace the idea for their own community.

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First Ag-Bioscience High School to Open This Fall

Global Impact STEM Academy logo

Global Impact STEM Academy, a new public high school in Springfield, Ohio — and the first in the nation to focus on agricultural biosciences — is now recruiting students. The concept for the school was developed to address the region’s widening gap between the skills of its workforce and the skills required for the agbioscience industry and give young people real-world experience in areas with strong job and economic growth — agriculture, energy and the environment.

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Ron Finley’s Guerilla Gardens

Ron Finley wants everyone to understand “growing your own food is like printing your own money.” The group he founded is LA Green Grounds. Their mission: “Growing, working, teaching: changing turf into edible gardens in South Los Angeles.”

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Vote for Us on SXSW Eco

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We’re ready to spread the word about sustainability at the SXSW Eco conference happening this October in Austin, but we need your help. Please vote for our presentation proposals. All you have to do is register as a SXSW PanelPicker (it’s quick and painless), search for “Sustainable America” and give us a thumbs up for each one.

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Anti-Idling Laws Around the Nation

Americans waste some 3.8 millions gallons of fuel every day simply by idling their cars. Several states are trying to combat this polluting trend by passing anti-idling laws. You may be shocked to see the fines that exist where you live.

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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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