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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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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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Untangling Our Food and Fuel Systems

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EPA mandates for cellulosic biofuel blends cannot be met as production is literally non-existent. How the EPA manages the mandates for 2013 may have a direct effect on food prices at the grocery store in the near future.

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Agri-tecture

The future of farming may be urban. At the very least, the notion of Agri-tecture asks us to look at ways that buildings and agriculture can be integrated quite seamlessly.

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Managing Our Resource Futures

The recently released report from Chatham House takes a hard look at the challenges that lie ahead in the future as the world’s most crucial resources come under the increased strain of over-consumption.

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Fuel Economy at a Record High

Fuel economy in America hit an all time high of 23.8 mpg for 2012, according to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute’s Eco-Driving Index.

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Tackling the Food Waste Crisis

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Sustainable food activists Anna Lappe and Danielle Nierenberg join forces to address the issue of food waste worldwide.

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Farmigo

"Regular CSA Box" by Susie's Farm

Farmigo wants to become the nation’s largest online farmers market with the ability to individually choose your food items each week while supporting local farmers in your region.

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Boeing’s Plans for Renewable Jet Fuels

"The Moon" by Dr Wendy Longo

Boeing aims to develop renewable jet fuels using region specific biofuel feedstocks like recycled cooking oil and fast growing grasses.

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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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