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Sonoma Food Runners

Posted on Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

Relaying excess food to the hungry throughout Sonoma County Our mission is to alleviate hunger, prevent food waste and build community. We collect quality, donated perishable and prepared foods that would otherwise go to waste and use volunteers to distribute it throughout the community to those in need When you …

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Food Runners San Francisco

Posted on Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

Whether it is called Food Waste, Food Rescue, or Food Recovery, Food Runners is a leader in the effort to keep edible food from being discarded. Food Runners picks up excess perishable and prepared food from businesses such as restaurants, caterers, bakeries, hospitals, event planners, corporate cafeterias, and hotels and …

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This Company Turns Plastic Bottle Trash From The Ocean Into Clothing

Posted on Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

Bionic Yarn is making a splash on the fashion scene. The New York City-based startup turns used old plastic bottles, some of which were recovered from ocean shorelines, and turns them into yarns and fabrics for clothing. The company, whose creative director is recording artist Pharrell Williams, has partnered with several …

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The Forgotten Climate Solution

Posted on Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

Natural systems provide obvious but often forgotten solutions: in addition to forests, habitats such as wetlands and grasslands can absorb and store enormous amounts of carbon. This is about changing the conversation around climate change solutions. Decarbonizing the energy sector is critical and it is encouraging that the renewable energy …

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Roads That Produce Solar Energy

Posted on Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

Until now, capturing solar energy generally has meant placing panels on roofs or, at the industrial level, in large open fields. That might be changing. According to Curbed, a rest stop in Missouri is about to become the home of an experiment to create roadways covered with energy-producing solar panels–and …

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One college turns its football field into a farm and sees its students transform

Posted on Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

At Paul Quinn College, where once there was a football field, now there’s an organic farm. It’s not just a symbol of renewal for this once-struggling historically black college in Dallas; it’s where students work to pay tuition. As part of our Rethinking College series, Hari Sreenivasan explores how students …

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Living shorelines

Posted on Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

New Orleans is preparing for storm surges by creating a series of wetland terraces that will absorb floodwater from neighboring streets. The state of Louisiana is working to resurrect coastal wetlands around the Big Easy that have been lost to the sea. These structures will supplement the city’s system of …

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UCI Student Accidently Creates A Rechargeable Battery That Lasts 400 Years

Posted on Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

A recent discovery at the University of California, Irvine by doctoral student Mya Le Thai. A team of researchers at UCI had been experimenting with nanowires for potential use in batteries, but found that over time the thin, fragile wires would break down and crack after too many charging cycles. …

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Repurposed MATERIALS

Posted on Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

First off, what is “repurposing”?  Here is a 2 minute video, from Founder and President Damon Carson, explaining what the excitement is all about! What is repurposing?  It is taking a byproduct or waste stream such as a retired street sweeper brush and giving it a 2nd life as a …

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Grandmas Use Discarded Plastic Bags To Make Beds For The Homeless

Posted on Friday, September 16th, 2016

You might not think much of those plastic shopping bags you’ve been hoarding in the kitchen, but a group of resourceful older women in Tennessee are putting this item to good use by helping the homeless. Meet “The Bag Ladies.” These women from Union City found each other around two …

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