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Wave power could revolutionize the renewable-energy game

Posted on Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Like a large, slowly building swell miles from shore, the wave-power revolution has quietly and gradually gained momentum. And this month it began the crest: The Department of Energy announced it would allocate as much as $40 million in fundingto develop of the nation’s first open-water wave-energy-testing facility in a location to …

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OneLessStraw Pledge Campaign

Posted on Friday, August 26th, 2016

Attention all teachers, school superintendents and community groups; My name is Olivia (13) and together with my brother Carter (15) we started our own nonprofit called One More Generation (OMG) back in 2009 in an effort to help clean up our environment for at least One More Generation… and beyond. …

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English Village Becomes Climate Leader by Quietly Cleaning Up Its Own Patch

Posted on Thursday, August 25th, 2016

This small village of about 1,000 people looks like any other nestled in the countryside. But Ashton Hayes is different in an important way when it comes to one of the world’s most pressing issues: climate change. Hundreds of residents have banded together to cut greenhouse emissions — they use …

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Edible, Recyclable, Biodegradable Packaging Latest Weapons in War on Plastic Waste

Posted on Thursday, August 25th, 2016

Wrapping food in plastic can reduce spoilage, but presents challenges related to waste recovery and recycling. It presents a tough choice for producers between prioritizing food waste or plastic waste, both of which are top-of-mind with consumers. For this reason, solutions that are biodegradable, recyclable, or both are gaining traction. …

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This Floating Food Barge Is Nourishing Communities For Free

Posted on Thursday, August 25th, 2016

Swale is a collaborative, floating food forest that’s dedicated to rethinking New Yorkers’ relationship with the environment and providing them with fresh, healthy food. read more here BBC news

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Real Foodies Compost

Posted on Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

Here in San Francisco, residents are given a free bin to collect compost materials. This is in an effort to eliminate all waste in landfills. Tara explains how you can make your own compost bin right in your backyard!

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Innovative Solar-Powered Pipe Will Desalinate Drinking Water For California

Posted on Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

It’s no secret that California is in the midst of a devastating drought. Though Governor Jerry Brown implemented California’s first-ever mandatory water restrictions last year, the drought still encompasses more than 98% of the state. Considering that California is the world’s fifth-largest supplier of food, this is bad news. As …

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Gleaning is catching on!

Posted on Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

Audrey Berman is no stranger to the farming life. Over the last three years, Berman has worked on various farms in New York’s Hudson Valley with the intention of one day starting her own farm. But it wasn’t too long before she started to notice disheartening trends. “We always had …

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How America’s dirtiest city in 1969 became one of the greenest

Posted on Friday, August 19th, 2016

One of America’s dirtiest cities has completely altered its legacy as one of the country’s greenest. Over the last few decades, Chattanooga, Tennessee has been transformed from a smog-filled city named America’s dirtiest in 1969 to a clean livable community. A pioneer in green urban policy, the Chattanooga city government has …

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Solar + Storage for Resilience

Posted on Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

There are over 6,000 photovoltaic systems installed on homes and businesses throughout San Francisco that will, for safety reasons, stop generating power when grid power is lost during an earthquake or storm event. Matter of Trust is the fiscal sponsor for a project by the San Francisco Department of the …

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