July Tree Care

The Human Impacts Institute recently summed up July’s Tree Care Tuesday at Driggs Avenue and Monitor Street. Every Tuesday the Human Impacts Institute holds a two hour tree care event. At tree care the HII crew and volunteers help the city trees thrive; we clean out trash that surrounds the tree, aerate the tree bed, and put new mulch down. This month, with the assistance of many great volunteers, we helped 67 trees flourish in our urban environment.

Why are trees imperative to have in urban environments?

Trees reduce air pollution.

Trees conserve water.

Trees save energy!

Trees reduce noise pollution.

Trees are aesthetically pleasing.

And on those inescapably hot summer days, the best place to cool down outside is under a luscious tree.

There are certain trees that prosper in urban environments. New York City’s most common street trees are the London planetree and the Norway Maple. The London planetree is easy to spot with its shedding darker bark to reveal a lighter colored bark underneath. These plants do well in shady areas, making it perfect for New York City streets that are towered with skyscrapers. The London planetree can spread up to 80 feet, providing an ample amount of shade. The Norway Maple is a slightly smaller tree than the London planetree, with heights up to 50 feet. These are superb street trees that can adapt to a range of sands and soils.

For the month of August, Tree Care Tuesday will be held at Meserole Ave and Lorimer Street. Come join our crew and volunteer to illuminate your neighborhood!

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Native Species Planting

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Planting at East River State Park.

This past Friday, The Human Impacts Institute held our Native Species Planting Day in East River State Park. We planting a range of plants that once naturally thrived in the New York City area; including switch grass, beach grass, blueberry bushes, plum trees, black-eyed Susan, Echinacea, and a few others. These plants were placed around the children’s area, close to the water. We had a great turnout of volunteers to enthusiastically help plant, including Brooklyn Dayhab.

East River State Park is an urban oasis located in North Brooklyn with breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline. The park is filled with character from the remnants of the 19th century shipping dock and old railroad yard that once inhabited the area. The newly planted native flowers, trees, and grass compliment the park’s historic beauty while adding to the plants already maturing.

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Planting a blueberry bush at East River State Park.

The Human Impacts Institute’s initiative at East River State Park helps educated the public on the previous foliage that inhabited Brooklyn and its surroundings. We would love to see more native species planted in other parks around the area. If you are interested in having a native species planting in a park near you, we would be happy to help!

 

 

 

Four reasons to plant native species!

1) Fertilizer is not needed to plant native species. The plants are accustomed to thrive in the soil in their native areas. Less chemicals!

2) Native insects, birds, and mammals rely on native species for existence.

3) Planting native species will better ensure that your plant will survive, since it is already accustomed to the nutrients in the soil.

4) Promote biodiversity!

Written by Erica Prince, Environmental Leadership Intern

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Human Impacts Salon – July 2014

On, July 16 2014, The Human Impacts institute hosted a Human Impacts Salon on Creative Climate Communication – encompassing art and climate, here in Manhattan. The evening comprised of networking as well as a panel discussion on the topic of re-communicating climate change, and how to inspire people to participate. The evening began with a dance performance choreographed by Jody Sperling, interpreting the movement of Ice in the Arctic.  Tara DaPorte, Human Impacts Institute’s Executive director led the discussion on what impacts art and science have in changing the state of the climate today.

Panelists included Althea Viafora, curator and founder of Althea Viafora Associates; Katie Holton, visual artist; Jody Sperling, dancer and choreographer as well as Founder and Artistic Director of Time Lapse Dance; Julian Cheevers, advertising professional and Group Account Director at Droga5; and Sabine Marx, Managing Director at the Center of Research on Environmental Decisions at Columbia.

The discussion began with a simple yet thought provoking question, “are there opportunities or obstacles when it comes to art versus science?” The panelists agreed that while science and art are different on many levels, when combined they are effective in introducing key ideas and actions that can be taken to change the current state of the environment.

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When the panelists were asked, “what does climate change look like?”,  Katie Dalton explained through a piece of her own art. What looks like constellations as seen by humans from earth, is actually a recreated image of the amount of lights we have created. Her piece shows that we are making an impact on the way our planet is viewed, without even realizing it most of the time. When a viewer understands what they are seeing in her art, they must also acknowledge their impact on the planet.

Many of the panelists agreed that the main catalyst that would enable communities to truly take part in change is accessibility. Art can provide such availability, it can provide an emotional trigger which can be supplemented by further scientific information.  It is also important to initiate steps that are not overwhelming and attainable in many situations. Julian provided the example of donating a dollar for tap water at restaurants, to be donated to the UNICEF.  These measures can be a simple way to begin the changes that need to occur.

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After a provoking discussion on art and science, and how they both contribute to the public understanding of climate change, the solon closed with panelists giving their opinion on what a climate win could be.  Among the answers were technology and big business. Big business can set an example of change, and drive positive goals in how they practice. Initiatives from these businesses along with the way technology has increased in such a short amount of time could help facilitate the change we need to see.

Here are a couple of videos that were shown at the Salon.  Do they inspire you?

http://youtu.be/qhbliUq0_r4

http://youtu.be/Ml54UuAoLSo

Written by Jessica Carlisle, Environmental Education Intern 

 

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This Will All be Yours

July 30 2014

For the next several weeks the TGB Theater in Midtown Manhattan is presenting a play called This Will All Be Yours. The Human Impacts Institute had the chance to see the play last week.  The show takes place in Middle America, and discusses the decline of family farms in the 1970’s.  The Price family has been running their own farm for many generations; however, it is becoming apparent that American life is changing.  There is an emphasis on the fact that during this time period, the demand for produce in America was vastly changing, and placing a demand on small farmers, which was often too heavy. The Price family had to find their own way to adapt to these transformations.

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By the end of the twentieth century, fruit and vegetables were being imported from outside of the United States so that they could be purchased throughout the year. Many farms had been knocked down, and subdivisions were built in their place. While these fruits and vegetables were easily accessible, they often lacked flavor, as they were frozen and damaged in the shipping process.  Fortunately some small farmers have lasted though the decline, and are still able to provide fresh fruit.  In the past decade the support of local farmers has increased and so has the popularity of farmers markets. Many consumers regained appreciation for fresh fruits with full flavor, which are much easier to find in this type of setting.

This Will All Be Yours does an excellent job in educating viewers about family farms that once existed in the United States, and the change that occurred which lead to their decline. It may also help viewers appreciate fresh fruit and vegetables that are still available today, and perhaps lead them to support local farmers in their practices.

Would you like to learn more about local farms and the food that they provide? Just Food is an organization that seeks to join communities with local food as well as educating them about agriculture and healthy practices. Learn more athttp://www.justfood.org/.

 

 

The TBG Theatre

312 West 36th Street, 3rd Floor

New York NY 10018

www.ThisWillAllBeYours.com

A PLAY WITH MUSIC

BOOK BY LAURA PEDERSEN

MUSIC AND LYRICS BY CHARLES BLOOM

DIRECTED BY LUDOVICA VILLAR-HAUSER

It’s 1979 and progress is about to land on everybody’s doorstep, sometimes gently and other times with a giant thud. Not all members of the Price family feel the same about what change means, but by the time they acknowledge that the landscape has shifted, it may already be too late to save their way of life.

Starting in the 1930s right through the 1980s, a quiet shift was taking place – family-owned farms began to slowly disappear from the American landscape.  They were replaced by huge malls, housing developments, or absorbed by larger commercial enterprises. The vanishing of America’s farming community serves as the inspiration for This Will All Be Yours, a play with music by playwright and former New York Times columnist Laura Pedersen.  THIS WILL ALL BE YOURS is one of the featured plays of The 2014 Midtown International Theatre Festival.

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Written by Jessica Carlisle, Environmental Education Intern

 

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Applications Now Open! Fall 2014 Internships with the Human Impacts Institute

Applications Now Open!

Fall 2014 Internships with the Human Impacts Institute

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The Human Impacts Institute is currently accepting applications for our highly competitive Fall 2014 internship program. Past interns have included international lawyers, media professionals, certified teachers, as well as graduate and undergrad students from Columbia University, Bard, McGill University (Canada), University of Kwazulu-Natal (South Africa), New York University, Webster University (Netherlands), UPenn, University of Paris (France), National University of Ireland (Ireland), Beijing University (China) and many more. Additionally, former HII interns have gone on to work in such diverse places as Bloomberg, United Nations Environment Program, the Climate Group, International Institute for Sustainable Development, White House Council on the Environment, and in numerous private consulting firms. All interns will be given significant programmatic and organizational responsibilities based upon their internship descriptions, qualifications, and interests.blog

Internships will last for 12 weeks and will take place in NYC. Only applicants available for the full term (September to middle of December–with some flexibility for start and end dates) and who can commit a minimum of 15 hours per week will be considered. Preference will be given to those to can commit 20-40 hours per week.All internships are unpaid.

Applications for internships are due Wednesday, August 27th, by midnight EST

About the Human Impacts Institute: As an international non-governmental organization based in NYC, the mission of the Human Impacts Institute is to inspire action for strong communities and a healthy environment through hands-on education, coalition building, and using arts and culture for social good.  Our partners range from the United Nations, U.S. Department of State, and Federal Republic of Germany to major universities and research institutes to community-based, grassroots groups.  Learn more: HumanImpactsInstitute.org

Internships with the Human Impacts Institute

What We Offer

  • Working with a team of environmentalists and artists who are passionate about inspiring social change and have backgrounds in climate science, public engagement, education, policy development, international consulting, private sector advising, and more;
  • An open and creative learning environment where interns and staff collaborate and co-learn;
  • High level of responsibility and a key role in program development and leadership;
  • Inclusion in a diverse, international network of environmental, sustainable development, and social change professionals;
  • Diverse experiences in education, coalition-building, creative messaging, reporting and research; and
  • A commitment to supporting your personal goals while pushing your leadership skills

What We Want: Strong preference will be given to applicants who can receive college credit (undergraduate or graduate) or occupational training credits. There is no stipend or lodging assistance available at this time. Interns are encouraged to apply for outside funding assistance. All available internships will have flexibility in scheduling, however, interns will be expected to work on-site at least 15 hours per week, with a preference for those who can commit 20-40 hours per week.

Applicants must have an expressed interest in environmental issues, education, policy development, international relations, research, coalition building, and/or not-for-profit organizational work.  In addition to this, interns are expected to be: self-motivated, extremely organized, independent, open communicators, creative, highly adaptable to different types of projects, atmospheres, interactions, and to have excellent research skills.

Internship Application Information

  •      Current resume;
  •      Introductory letter, including:
  •      Why you want to work with HII;
  •      The specific internship(s) to which you are applying;
  •      Your specific expertise/interests
  •      Two reference contacts;
  •      A one-paragraph, original idea for a creative project at HII

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and applicants will be notified of interviews shortly after their application. Applications are due Wednesday, August 27th by midnight EST.

All applications and inquiries should be directed to:

Tara DePorte, Executive Director and Founder, Human Impacts Institute

Tara@HumanImpactsInstitute.org

Internships with the Human Impacts Institute

All Human Impacts Institute Interns will attend free classes at the Foundation Center on grant writing, develop and research at least one grant proposal for their internship focus, assist with organizational development and program support, write blogs and develop community outreach materials, attend relevant meetings and events to “report back on” to the HII team, and assist with partnership development.  Below, are brief descriptions of specific Human Impacts Institute internships:

Environmental Leadership

Our Environmental Leadership Intern will work to further develop our programs in coalition building (local, national and international).  Environmental Leadership interns will also have the opportunity to work on Human Impacts Institute’s 2013-2014 National Salon Tour: Transatlantic Climate Bridge. Environmental Leadership interns will be instrumental in helping to develop and execute our local, national, and international coalitions and partnerships.  Responsibilities will include: developing outreach materials, sponsorship packages for corporate partners, research and reporting, and strategic partnership development. Interns should have a good working knowledge of environmental issues (including climate change), sustainable development, and international relations.  Policy and/or science experience is a plus.

Environmental Services

Our Environmental Services Intern will provide businesses, organizations, schools and other Human Impacts Institute partners with resources on how to reduce their overall emissions, negative impacts on community health, and to increase their community support, while saving money and increasing their community involvement. Specifically, these interns will be involved with Human Impacts Institute’sEcopreneurs (eco + entrepreneurs) program and looking at ways to scale-up this initiative. Interns will be trained as environmental consultants and will mentor other students and stakeholders in sustainability options in their community, with a particular focus on small businesses.  Interns will also analyze the economic and social impacts of sustainability measures being implemented by program participants. Experience in business and CSR is a plus.

Experiential Education

Our Experiential Education Intern will help in all aspects of hands-on, environmental education programs at the Human Impacts Institute. Interns will focus on curriculum development, teaching classes for all ages, researching educational content, partnership outreach, and developing creative, educational content for blogs, social media, newsletters, and for our international partners. Intern applicants should be interested in hands-on education and in the many components of program development and facilitation. Experience in environmental issues and/or teaching is a plus.

NGO Management, PR and Marketing

Our NGO Management/PR and Marketing Intern will be predominantly responsible for further development of Human Impacts Institute’s social media platforms (Twitter, blog, Facebook, etc.), website content, organization communications, press packages and brochures, outreach to press and funders, as well as other issues relating to marketing our organization and our programs. Interns will also help with the overall organizational management including responsibilities such as data input, contacts management, newsletter development, as well as events planning, partnership development, and fundraising.  All applicants should be skilled in writing and marketing.  Experience in fundraising is a plus. Experience with environmental issues is not necessary, but favorable.

Design and Interactive Web Development

The Design and Interactive Web Development Intern will be responsible for further developing the online and interactive presence of the Human Impacts Institute and our programs. Interns will particularly focus on creating and implementing online tools for increased collaboration, outreach and open-source engagement of the public and partner groups in Human Impacts Institute’s programs. Ideal candidates will have proficiency in website development/maintenance, Photoshop and/or InDesign, and ability to learn other online and design tools. Ideal candidates will also have experience or training in graphic design, illustration, and/or branding. Knowledge or interest in environmental issues or community development is a plus. All applicants for the Design and Interactive Web Development Internship should send three work samples in addition to the overall internship application package.  

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City of Water Day – Hoboken

This past Saturday, July 12, The Human Impacts Institute Crew trekked over the Hudson River to Hoboken, New Jersey to attend City of Water Day. This year the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance held Hoboken’s first City of Water Day, along with the annual celebration on Governor’s Island. In previous years, The Human Impacts Institute attended the daylong event of Governors Island. Although there was a small turn out compared to the event on Governors Island, we were still able to spread the word about the organization and have fun while doing so.

We brought a few activities along- such as native bird and fish species cards and an inspirational white board. The pictures represent birds and fish that are native to the New York/New Jersey area. Young children as well as adults enjoyed identifying the various birds and fish. We also enjoyed hearing what people would like to see more of in New Jersey, as the answers contrasted the usual ones we get around New York City streets. Many asked if they could eat the native fish that live in the local waters. Every year the DEC comes out with a document for the NYC region that reports which and how many of each fish are safe for human consumption. This document gives detail on the popular catches in the local waterways. It is important to check on what should be kept for safe consumption and what should be thrown back in the water!

City of Water Day was a great opportunity for The Human Impacts Institute and other like minded organizations to come together in hope to use New York City’s waterways to there fullest potential. The day also promoting fun on the water with free kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, and sailing lessons!

Fun facts why you should support the local fisheries!

- Local fish costs less!

- You get better quality fish with less traveling time

- Buying local fish offers a unique variety

- You are supporting local businesses

- Learn more about your region and the native species that share your home

 

View this video to learn more about native bird species in NYC!
▶ Helping the Wild Birds of New York City – YouTube

 

 

 

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The World Cup and the Environment

The advertising campaign from Paddy Power

Other than England’s failure to get through and Spain’s early knockout in the group stages, one of the more memorable things that have happened this World Cup has been Paddy Power’s Rainforest prank.  As you can see above it is a pretty simple campaign. They clearcut the Rainforest which sustains millions of organisms, houses at least 10% of the world’s known biodiversity, and requires decades to grow. All of this in order to support England in their, at most, monthlong campaign for a World Cup win.

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Aerial view of the Amazon rainforest

According to WWF, in the past 50 years, the Amazon has lost at least 17% of its forest cover.  The Rainforest has been here for over 55 million years and has sustained our need for oxygen and a variety of other ecosystem services. In fact, it absorbs about 20% of the atmospheric carbon emitted by the burning of fossil fuels!

At what point does the justification for logging outweigh the social and environmental consequences? We have to ask ourselves as consumers, is this a step in the right direction? Human-induced climate change may cause the Amazon to emit more carbon into the atmosphere than it absorbs.

While this advertising campaign from Paddy Power is a hoax, it’s an amazing one that truly shines a spotlight upon a real issue that we face in our present – the degradation of our natural resources. While advertising such as this will only bring attention to the issue, a discussion surrounding this will bring solutions to the table.

This advertisement does just that and more, by putting into perspective the environmental damage that is occurring in the Amazon. The World Cup, while being a beautiful sport wherein the world unites under one banner, is also a great way of highlighting the plight the Amazon faces today. Greenpeace has estimated that in the Amazon an area the size of 122 football pitches is chopped down every 90 minutes. With the World Cup in full swing, the magnitude of this metric is becoming more salient with the general population. We should use the game not only as a beautiful way to highlight the unity of the world’s population not only in one sport, but in one goal. That goal being the future of our planet.

Written by Samir Jagdish, Environmental Services Intern 

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Call to Artists for Creative Climate Awards 2014: How will you tell the story of climate change?

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Call to Artists:

2D work, short films (up to 5 min), and performance pieces that “make climate personal” for the Creative Climate Awards, NYC

Developed by:

The Human Impacts Institute (HII) NYC

Event Dates:

September 15-October 15th

Cash Prizes:

First place: $500  •  Second place: $300  •  Third Place: $200

Submissions:

Send by email to Climate@HumanImpactsInstitute.org

Final deadline:

No later than 11:30pm, Monday, August 4th

Awards Event:

Thursday, October 30th

What Are the Creative Climate Awards?

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As an official part of Climate Week NYC and in partnership with Positive Feedback and Artbridge, theHuman Impacts Institute’sFourth Annual Creative Climate Call to Action brings together the visual arts, performance art, and film to install climate-inspired public works throughout New York City. OurCreative Climate Awards use the creative process as a tool to inspire audiences to explore the consequences of their actions, think critically about pressing issues, and to make the environment personal.  

These events are an opportunity to creatively engage tens-of-thousands of people in positive action around the challenges posed by climate change, while having your work seen by our judges—some of the top artists, curators, and international leaders in the world.

See what we’ve selected in past years to be a part of Creative Climate Awards here>>

For 2014, we welcome artists and artists’ collectives working in the following disciplines: 2D work, performance, and short film (up to 5 minutes).

The Selection Process

Mai Ueda leading a climate inspired meditation.

Mai Ueda leading a climate inspired meditation.

Selection of artists will be made by HII staff and an advisory committee comprised of scientists, policy makers, artists, media experts, curators, and others.  We will evaluate three main components of each submission:

  • Strength of messaging/climate connection;

  • Artistic merit and impact; and

  • Feasibility of project (in terms of permitting requirements, materials, etc.).

Submissions will also be selected based upon an artist’s work samples and written explanation of the intended message and impact of a proposed piece.

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  • All submitted pieces must address the 2014 theme of  “making climate personal” and creatively engage audiences in positive action on climate change.

  • Work/performance must be suitable for a public setting (all locations will be coordinated by HII and limited indoor settings will be available);

  • No admission fee may be charged;

  • All concepts, ideas, and artwork must be original work of artist submitting proposal;

  • Work/performance must be safe for artist and the public;

  • Artists/artist team must have a proven track record of creating work in a timely and professional manner;

  • Artist will pay for all art and personal transport fees to NYC

Submission Deadline: No later than 11:30pm EDT, Monday, August 4th and be emailed to Climate@HumanImpactsInstitute.org and must include the following:

  • Letter of interest (maximum one page) should include the following:
    • Do you have a proposed/ideal location for your piece?
    • What do you intend to convey to the public through your proposed artwork?
    • How does your concept/work address “making climate change personal”?
    • Description of your concept
    • Artist(s) name, address, phone number, website (as applicable), email address
  • Resume (maximum one page). If working with a team, include a resume for each team member.
  • Sketches, images, or video that clearly convey concept
    • Provide no more than five examples of previous work completed.
    • Title image files with number of image, artist’s first name initial, and last name.  For example, if artist’s name is Lynda Smith, her first image file is: 1LSmith.
      • JPEG format only with a maximum size of 1MB each.
      • Include an image list with a brief description (1-2 sentences) for each image and how the work supports your Climate Action proposal.
      • Please keep sound and video files to five minutes each and provide an online link to any material.
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Sustainable Construction

Walking on The High Line, one discovers a hidden gem, an urban oasis of an above ground railroad park. The High Line is an amalgamation of live music, food vendors and the visitors speaking foreign languages. This park in the sky is a great example of sustainable development; it takes an old and used space and turns it into a lively, well-trafficked atmosphere.

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Stairs on The High Line that overlook the street below.

It is imperative to find ways to sustain a population that is growing at exponential rates. The High Line exemplifies a public shared space that encompasses adaptive reuse.

The Lowline embraces a similar concept to the High Line. The Lowline is a proposed plan to use the Delancy Street Trolley Terminal that is no longer in use and turn it into a below ground park. The park will maintain a natural atmosphere with plants that thrive from the light received from skylights in the park’s underground ceiling.

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A proposed design for The Lowline.

The Lowline is a great start to allowing people to thrive underground as well as on the surface. There are similar proposed plans in Mexico City for an “Earth-scraper”. The Earth-scraper is a skyscraper underground. It will stretch almost 1,000 feet or 65 stories underground, containing floors for office use and for recreation.

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A proposed plan for Mexico City’s Earth-scraper.

 

We already understand how vital adaptive reuse is for sustainable development, but does our future lie within living under the Earth’s surface? What will our creative minds discover next? We once used to reach for the stars, now we reach for the Earth’s core.

 

 

 

 

For more information on the High Line: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9o_5cbPDQoY

Written by Erica Prince, Environmental Leadership Intern.

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6 Ways to Reduce Your Food Waste!

foodchartFood makes up the largest percentage of waste going into municipal landfills, accounting for over 21% of total waste. This waste could be prevented, used to feed people, or composted to create a valuable soil amendment. Reducing food losses by just 15% would feed more than 25 million Americans per year — considering that 1 in 6 Americans lack a secure supply of food.

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), there are six ways you can reduce food waste:

1.     Source Reduction – Start at the grocery store

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Reduce food waste before it happens

Source reduction is preventing food waste before it happens. Source reduction includes lowering our over-purchasing of food, planning meals ahead of time, avoiding impulse buys, and storing your food properly to reduce spoilage. This leads us to think more about questions such as: How hungry am I? Do I really need all of this on my plate and in my fridge? Become a more conscious shopper — buy exactly what you need and be realistic — for your health, your wallet, and the environment.

2.     Feeding Others

If you realize you have too much food in your pantry and won’t be able to consume everything before it goes bad, donate it! Help those who do not have enough food by donating at food pantries, food banks, and food rescue programs, which are available across the country.

3.     Feeding animals

Live close to a farm? Recover your food discards as animal feed! This will help sustain local livestock.

4.     Industrial Uses

You should not be disposing of fats, oils, and grease in your garbage. According to the EPA, they can “clog pipes and pumps both in the public sewer lines as well as in wastewater treatment facilities. Liquid fats and solid meat products can be used as raw materials in the rendering industry, which converts them into animal food, cosmetics, soap, and other products. Many companies will provide storage barrels and free pick-up service.”

5.     Composting – DIY

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All about composting here!

Composting has become a very popular way to reduce food waste lately. It is simple, easy, and you can measure the difference you’re making! Simply set aside your food scraps and drop them off at a local farmers market, or have your own composting at home.

6.     Anaerobic digestion

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Anaerobic Digestion is a natural biological process.

Anae-what? Anaerobic digestion is an industrial process in which microorganisms break down biodegradable material. Food can be digested at specific facilities. “If 50 percent of the food waste generated each year in the U.S. was anaerobically digested, enough electricity would be generated to power 2.5 million homes for a year.” Food can be digested at specific facilities. Learn more visit the EPA’s page!

I hope you are feeling inspired and excited to reduce your food waste! Here are some more ideas to become an expert at food waste reduction.

Written by Claire Bouillon, Environmental Services Intern.

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