Spilled and spoiled: Exploring two worlds of food waste
An alarming amount of the food we produce is never eaten. It’s a huge waste of land, water, labor, fuel and other resources. How to limit the losses? That depends on where we live.
Spilled and spoiled: In the U.S., consumers are the food wasters
Where food is cheap and plentiful, consumers are the biggest wasters — whether at home, in restaurants or at school. But how much of this waste is preventable?
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Chances are you have a water-proof raincoat or stain-resistant khakis. There are all kinds of high-tech fabrics that promise to keep us drier and cleaner. But retail giant H&M says it’s going to stop using some of them because all that high performance, well, it comes from chemicals. The kind that don’t go away.
Read the full story at Shareable.
Tool libraries, which have been around since at least the 1970s, offer communities a way to share resources that would otherwise spend the vast majority of the time sitting in drawers and garages. They make screwdrivers, saws, drain snakes, drills, chisels, and whatever else one might need for building and repair projects available to patrons either for free or for a small fee. By providing access to tools, these libraries help to build resilient communities, they empower their users, they lessen neighborhoods’ ecological footprints and they help to beautify areas.
Handily illustrating the benefits of access over ownership, tool lending is an idea that is quickly spreading. A directory of tool libraries now lists almost 50 around the world and there are more in the works. In August, the Center for a New American Dream, in keeping with its efforts to “change social norms around consumption and consumerism,” offered a free webinar entitled How to Start a Tool Library in Your Community. Over 200 people participated live and the webinar is now available online.
2012 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI)
Quality Technical Conference
December 4 – 6, 2012; Chicago, IL
This year’s theme: Quality We Can See!
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is planning the third annual GLRI Quality Technical Conference (December 4‐6, 2012) designed to bring together GLRI collaborators to 1) share accomplishments and challenges encountered when implementing projects aimed at removing beneficial use impairments around the Great Lakes basin; 2) collaborate on quality and technical practices that improve project results; and 3) create an open forum for communication and coordination. The theme of the 2012 conference is “Quality We Can See!” as demonstrated through the results of projects, cooperation, use of innovative tools and techniques, best practices, quality system developments, and more.
Current technical sessions include:
- Achieving beneficial use impairment restoration targets
- Understanding the quality aspects of habitat restoration and invasive species control projects
- Conducting field and laboratory audits
- Evaluating the importance of the Graded Approach
- Assessing the challenges with integrating data sets focused on use impairment assessments
- Implementing quality programs and understanding the “Stages of Quality”
The “Call for Abstracts” will be circulated next month. We welcome ideas for sessions and presentations that reflect the breadth and range of projects supporting the GLRI. For more information on the conference or to submit an idea for a technical session, please contact Louis Blume at (312) 353‐2317 or firstname.lastname@example.org (copy Molly Middlebrook Amos of CSC at email@example.com).
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There are just over 5 million Jews in the U.S., and close to half of them belong to a synagogue. As the center of spiritual life in Jewish communities, synagogues have taken the lead in practicing and preaching the bible’s dictum to “Love thy neighbor” by preserving resources and sustaining the Earth. Tikkun olam, repair of the world, is another concept in Judaism that inspired these synagogues to make drastic changes to God’s home on Earth.
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Mega-dams and massive government-run irrigation projects are not the key to meeting world’s water needs, a growing number of experts now say. For developing nations, the answer may lie in small-scale measures such as inexpensive water pumps and other readily available equipment.