Measurement, Motivations And Opportunities To Waste Less Food

Read the full story in Biocycle.

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality releases findings on psychological, socio-economic and structural drivers that contribute to generation of preventable wasted food in households.

Green your tailgating, no matter your school’s colors

Read the full story at Earth911.

What happens when you get 92,000 people together in one place on a Saturday before a football game? Tailgating is one of the most fun parts of watching a football game (both college and pro), but it isn’t one of the most environmentally friendly. Have you ever seen what those parking lots and lawns look like after a game?

Even when trashcans are provided, trash is littered everywhere. The residents, cities and schools end up spending lots of time trying to clean up the trash from the event. Even with recycling programs in place, all the recyclables never seem to end up in the right collection bin.

However, there are some practical ways that fans can green their tailgating and still have fun. Ready to find out how? Green 32, green 32 … set … hike.

Midwest researchers aim to make home energy management systems even smarter

Read the full story in Midwest Energy News.

In times of limited power availability, even today’s smartest appliances may not be clever enough. However, a team of Midwestern researchers is hoping to devise a way to better align automated home energy management systems with what their users really want.

In the Market for a New Home? Buy a Zero Energy Ready Home

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Zero energy homes are some of the most energy efficient homes on the planet – and those certified by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) program also improve its overall comfort, health, and durability. As more consumers learn about ZERH, they’ll begin to realize the major opportunity for substantially reduced energy bills and a potentially transformative living experience.

Teaching Children the Importance of Sustainability

Read the full post at Medium.

Children’s brains are like sponges. They take in everything around them and are capable of processing and internalizing an impressive amount of information. This can be both beneficial and detrimental, as any negative behaviors you exhibit could rub off on your child, or conversely, they can learn by the positive example you set. If sustainability is important to you, as it should be, then the best thing you can do to continue caring for the planet is to instill these values in your child, passing sustainable living onto the next generation and generations to come. Here are some tips you can try out to teach your children the importance of sustainability.

How Residents of Hamburg Reclaimed the Power Grid

Read the full story at Great Lakes Echo.

Because natural burial has environmental benefits over conventional burial, it is often favored by those who like to “go green.”  But it also can appeal for other, more conservative reasons.  It’s the choice of some independently-minded rural folks, and to many religious traditionalists.  Additionally, it can help out the local businesses that serve the growing demand.  In this installment episode of WEMU’s “The Green Room,” Barbara Lucas looks at natural burial benefits that go “beyond green.”

That waste on your doorstep: phone books

Via the Product Stewardship Institute.

In this technology-driven age, an increasing number of Americans are turning to online search engines rather than print phone books, yet yellow pages companies continue to drop unwanted directories on residents’ doorsteps throughout the country. Unwanted directories are not only a nuisance but also a waste: each year the industry uses an estimated 4.68 million trees worth of wood fiber, or 14 football fields’ worth of forest per day. They are also a burden on local governments and taxpayers, who pay nearly $60 million annually to recycle or dispose of unwanted phone books.

Opt out of receiving a phone book to quickly reduce your environmental footprint! Visit bit.ly/YP-opt-out to stop phone book delivery in a few quick clicks.