Peter Hanlon

Peter Hanlon is director of GRACE's water and energy programs, where he works on the food-water-energy nexus, power plant water use, renewable energy, coastal and estuarine health and fisheries. Peter writes reports, creates multimedia content and is a regular contributor to GRACE's Ecocentric blog. He has been published in Huffington Post, Civil Eats, Grist, AlterNet and EcoWatch. Prior to GRACE, Peter worked on coastal policy, watershed management, land use planning and public outreach as an Outreach and Policy Coordinator at the Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Program and an Environmental Planner at Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management. Peter received an MA in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island and a BA in Geography from the University of New Hampshire. He sometimes forces himself awake before dawn so he can take a long, groggy subway ride to the beach to surf.

Ocean Acidification Spells Trouble for Shellfish Industry

Mollusks might be nervous: ocean acidification looms. As with rising mercury concentrations in fish, our fossil fueled energy choices are largely to blame. (OK, so maybe mollusks don't have feelings - but we bet you do, oyster-lovers.) What a great reason to support renewable energy!

Why Not Dump Snow into the Ocean?

New England is in the middle of an historically snowy winter, and cities and towns are running out of room to store all of their plowed snow. Is dumping that snow into the ocean a good option, or is it another example of sweeping pollution out of sight and out of mind?

Presidents Gone Green

America's 44 presidents have dealt with environmental and climate issues since our nation's beginning. From Thomas Jefferson to Barack Obama, here's how they've managed and grown our food, water and energy systems!

Have a Super Green Big Game Party!

It's Super Bowl time again, sports fans! This year, we have a new goal: make our Super Bowl parties the greenest they've ever been. Here are a few ideas to mull as the big day approaches - whether you're a diehard Seattle Seahawks OR New England Patriots fan.

Your Water Footprint: An Interview with Author Stephen Leahy

Journalist Stephen Leahy's new book about water footprints is a great introduction to the mysterious world of virtual water. We recently asked him about how he became interested in water footprints, his suggestions for what readers can do and how his own water footprint measures up.

Tuna and Mercury on the Radio

GRACE's Peter Hanlon spoke with Thom Hartmann on his radio program about our recent blog post on the FDA's new fish and mercury consumption guidance, Consumer Reports' advice on the issue and how mercury gets into fish in the first place.

Our Heroes: Sean Barrett of Dock to Dish

Sean Barrett is a founder of Dock to Dish, Long Island's first community-supported fishery and the country's first restaurant-supported fishery. The company has made it possible for a growing number of seafood lovers to establish a bond with sustainable fisheries, while opening up local markets to area fishermen.

Energy and Water Team Up at This Year's World Water Week

It's World Water Week and we're happy to report that this year's theme is "Water and Energy." Have a look at our curated list of recent posts that help to illustrate just a few examples of how water and energy are connected, and what that means for all of us.

Make One Sustainable Choice, Get Two Free! 9 Simple Nexus Tips

Rarely is the food, water and energy nexus presented as convenient, much less in ways that are easy to understand. But if you strip away all the complex discussions and you're left with this simple idea: A sustainable choice in any one of these three systems is likely to be a sustainable choice for the other two, as well.

Earth Day 2014: An Eco-Stravaganza of Sustainable Tips and Tricks (Part 2)

This Earth Day, the Ecocentric team is celebrating by sharing our favorite eco-friendly tips and tricks! Hopefully you'll find, as we did, that there are always more sustainable tips to pick up. Here, tips on growing your own food, solar power-ing your nest and making the most out of your glassware. (Post 2 of 2)

Our Heroes: Leslie Moyer of Post Carbon Institute

Leslie Moyer is the director of Post Carbon Institute's Energy Reality Campaign. Read Leslie's interview to learn about her work with artists and energy, the undeserved un-sexiness of energy conservation and a particularly mind-blowing uphill car ride.

Save Fisheries, Save Water

It sounds strange, but saltwater fish and freshwater resources are closely linked. A new study calculated for the first time just how much freshwater would be needed to replace fish and other marine protein in our diets with protein produced on land.

Ta Da! Our 9-Tip Guide to Food, Water and Energy at Home

"Meet the Nexus: How Food, Water and Energy are Connected" is our guide that shows how making even one good decision about how you use food, water or energy resources can have a positive impact on the others. Even the simple cheese slice you might have had for lunch has a rich story to tell!

Shored Up: A Film Review

Shored Up documents the destructive folly of unchecked coastal development and the unwinnable battle being waged by the nation's coastal communities against rising seas and shifting sands.

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