Peter Hanlon is a Senior Research and Policy Analyst for the Water and Energy Program at GRACE. Peter has worked for numerous organizations on issues ranging from estuarine health to watershed management, land use planning and renewable energy. Peter earned his BA in Geography from the University of New Hampshire and an MA in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island.
It's a handy week in Eco News with tips galore: 7 ways to save gas this winter, how to compost in your apartment, and why tap water is safer to drink than bottled. Plus, find out how cranberry growers and the 2016 Olympic organizers are managing water - and seafood - in more sustainable ways.
Every holiday season presents an overwhelming array of decisions, conundrums and opportunities for fun. Here are some good ones (we think) you might find interesting as we embark on The Most Wonderful Time of the Year. If nothing else, they're great conversation fodder!
As we gratefully prepare to celebrate the start of holiday season on Thanksgiving, a drill testing our energy grid's security provided great blogger fodder, and it turns out Coca-Cola wasn't leaving restaurateurs to the tap without a fight - check out this week's food, water and energy Eco News!
The number of solar panel installations has soared since 2000, so who exactly is putting all of those panels on top of their roofs? Turns out that homeowners of all income levels, but particularly the middle class, are pushing the solar revolution.
This year, a "late" US Thanksgiving coincides merrily with an early Hanukkah for the first time since 1888. Here are some sustainable travel tips from the Ecocentric team to help you enjoy traveling to spend the holidays with your nearest and dearest.
Happy America Recycles Day! But wait, there's more! It's also National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day. (Seriously!) In honor of these beloved occasions, and because we care about your sustainability, behold Ecocentric's greatest hits on recycling, food waste and more!
Here's a new, awesome gadget: a programmable thermostat that helps you save money. Now that's a cool stocking stuffer! "Follow the money" is an Eco News theme this week: Who owns organics? How much are we paying Big Oil and Gas? Who's paying to play in state politics?
Watch an inspiring video about Amsterdam's innovative, organic biking culture - it's truly amazing. And here's a question for you: why we are we further expanding the American CAFO model without actually exporting its downsides? Check out this week's Eco News!
This weekend, the US turns its clocks back - but does Daylight Savings really save energy? Russia imprisoned Greenpeace "hooligans" after their Arctic oil rig protest. Find out which 12 endocrine disruptors are lurking in everyday household products and foods - and how to avoid them! All these stories and more this week!
The nation's power plants withdraw massive amounts of water every day from rivers, lakes, and the ocean, destroying 2 billion fish and 528 billion eggs and larvae each year. It's time for states to put a stop to this needless devastation.
It's taken some time, but the EPA has finally taken a first step towards curbing CO2 emissions from new power plants, particularly coal-fired ones. The reaction from the coal industry has been predictable, so what happens next?
Thinking about going solar? Take a look at a new state-by-state ranking of the best solar states to help you decide whether a set of sleek new solar panels are a good for for your roof... and your wallet.
Corporations around the world have taken a keen interest in the nexus of food, water and energy. In a recent workshop at The Wharton School, business leaders laid out the reasons why these interconnections are so important to their future.
The overreliance of US electricity generation on water has become an increasingly risky and difficult relationship to maintain in an age of weather extremes. The Union of Concerned Scientists has some ideas on what should be done differently to avoid a potentially grim future.
A new study comes to a counter-intuitive conclusion: City residents have bigger carbon footprints than suburban or country residents. (Well, at least in Finland.) How is that possible? Higher consumption, and that has big implications no matter where you live.
Data centers, which house computer data systems, are energy hogs that continue to fatten up thanks to our newfound love of cloud computing. The seemingly insatiable energy appetite of data centers has been well-documented, but it turns out that they're thirsty, too.