Robin Madel is a Senior Research and Policy Analyst for GRACE's Water and Energy Programs. She researches and writes on water, energy, waste and recycling issues. Robin earned a B.A. in Geology and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from CU-Boulder and a M.S in Environmental Science and Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. She's worked in the water and wastewater industry and worked on water quality issues at the Rocky Flats Environmental Technology Site. She's also an actor and photographer living and working in NYC.
GMO labeling becomes law in Connecticut - with a little help from some Northeast neighbors, that is. A new study reinforces meat's triple environmental threat. And water wonks, rejoice, because we have some fun in store for you this week in Eco News!
Solar installations are skyrocketing, a warm thought in a super-cold week throughout much of the US. It looks like we're headed for another Farm Bill extension, narrowly avoiding the "dairy cliff" - and speaking of milk, this week a new study touted organic's omega-3 prowess. We'll drink to that!
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!
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!
Wondering what to do about your unused prescription and over-the-counter medications? Before you flush them down the drain, check out what the FDA and your state and local governments recommend.
Virtual water is a significant portion of your water footprint. Learn what it is, how to know how much you're consuming and how you can use less of it.
Before you hit the beach, check its status! Storms, sewage leaks and other events can result in dangerous debris or pathogens, which could spoil your day in the sun.
A group of people who research, manage and write about the energy-water nexus recently gathered at the National Science Foundation (NSF) in Washington, DC to determine research needs to help the country achieve sustainability at the nexus. Here's what they found.
Have you ever wondered what your state government does to ensure that water is used wisely in your state? Maybe you wondered how your state's efforts compare to those of others? Now you can find out in an Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE) report that graded all 50 states on their efforts.
Elemental, a new documentary about eco-warriors Rajendra Singh, Eriel Deranger and Jay Harman premieres this week in New York City. The film offers a glimpse into the lives of three regular people on personal journeys of epic proportions to save the environment.