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!
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.
Just in time for the season's first major cold snap, GRACE is pleased to release Doing More with Less: Energy Efficiency for Consumers. From basic home improvements to exciting new technologies, our new report will help you stay warm while saving energy and money.
When's the last time you've really thought about energy? If you're a typical American, you haven't - and you're missing out.
There are a whole lot of resources that go into the meat you eat, many of which are not obvious or accounted for. Find out why meat production is so resource-intensive. The second of three posts about possible limits to global meat production.
Out of sight and out of mind, huge container ships glide from port to port, bringing us the goodies we crave, but what's their real cost?
How well we manage our food, water and energy systems - in a highly coordinated manner, of course - will determine the long-term sustainability and resilience of our society. You already know this if you take great interest in the food/water/energy nexus approach, because you're what we like to call a "nexus nerd."
Check out our Top Ten tools and calculators from around the web that can help you figure out your relationship with energy: how it's used, how it's produced and how you can use it more efficiently.
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.
In this InSinkErator-funded study, a life cycle analysis was done for 12 disposal scenarios of food waste. According to the study, using a garbage disposal could help to curb climate change if your wastewater treatment system has an anaerobic digester that converts food waste into biogas.
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.
Small networks, used to access the internet and other equipment, consumed more than a billion dollars and three dirty coal power plants' worth of electricity in 2012. Replacing today's wasteful equipment with more efficient models could save US consumers about $330 million on their electricity bills each year.
After 40 years of bureaucratic paralysis and continued decimation of the nation's ecosystems and fisheries, hundreds of the power plants - now 40, 50 or 60 years old - still use antiquated, once-through cooling systems. After missing yet another deadline, will the US EPA ever rein in these plants' massive water use? And what can we do in the meantime?
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.
People came to the 2013 TEDx-Manhattan conference because they wanted to change our food system. But few were aware of the scale of the problem of food waste. NRDC Executive Director Peter Lehner's presentation explained why reducing food waste is a critical part of improving the sustainability of our food supply.
With half of all Americans living near the ocean, Hurricane Sandy provided a wake-up call for state and municipal authorities in coastal areas nationwide. Six months after the great storm hit the East Coast, it's worth revisiting key points for planners as we continue to rebuild amidst a changing climate.