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Earthships: Extreme Sustainability

Earthships are structures made from old tires and bottles, produce all the energy they need to operate, recycle water for multiple uses and grow food on site. What could be more sustainable than that?

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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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Farmers: Coming to an Office Near You

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For people who work late hours and have families to manage or long commutes, finding the time to shop at farmer’s markets or pick up a CSA box is often not feasible. So a lot of people who otherwise would love to have easy access to local fresh food get left out of the equation. A growing number of organizations are trying to bridge this gap by bringing CSAs directly to workplaces, which is a boon to all involved: workers, employers, and local farmers.

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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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New Work Perk: EV-Charging Stations

With electric vehicles becoming an increasingly popular way to save money on gasoline and promote sustainability, more employers are installing charging stations at the workplace.

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How to Grow an Avocado Plant

Grow your own avocados with this helpful infographic

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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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Natural Gas Vehicles or Electric Vehicles

There’s a lot of debate over which is better – Electric Vehicles or CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) vehicles. Have a look at how the two technologies measure up in terms of efficiency, cost and other important factors.

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Connected Commuting

"Railyard for NYC #7 Subway Line" by joiseshoaa

Innovative new apps for your smartphone are revolutionizing the way people use social media to improve their commuting experience.

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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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