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Five Reasons Alaskans Are Winning the Sustainable Food and Energy Race

A high polytunnel for growing food (extendng the growing season) in Alaska’s Matanuska-Susitna Valley. USDA/Creative Commons by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture The Lower 48 U.S. states have come far in the battle for local food, but Alaska also has much to share when it comes to creating sustainable economies. Despite dramatic seasonal …

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Meet Some of the Greenest Schools on Earth [PHOTOS]

Students at the International School of Choueifat in Lebanon display their certificates of participation in Green Apple. by U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) We hope you enjoy the photos here featuring images from several of the schools nominated for the 2015 Greenest School on Earth award. In April we announced …

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Why All Cities Should Have a Department of Food

“We plan to provide policy recommendations to improve local food security by encouraging sustainable and economically viable food production” Swathes of US society are affected by a key oversight in planning, the lack of a local food policy. Low-income households especially face the harsh consequences of  scant access to sustainable, …

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Only Known If You Measure It: Local Food Creates Jobs, Improves Economy

  By Trish Popovitch How do you measure the strength of a local food system? Healthy Harvest of North Iowa is a network of community stakeholders, growers and consumers covering nine counties in northern Iowa with a focus on promoting sustainability in the food system. The nonprofit recently contributed in …

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How to Communicate the Importance of Sustainable Food and Agriculture

By AJ Hughes Riverside City Council Member Andy Melendrez is a supporter of Grow Riverside and local foods, and is enthusiastic about educating Riverside residents on the importance of local and sustainable food and agriculture. In an effort to provide more education to the public about the importance of sustainable agriculture …

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10 High Schools That Teach Hydroponics and Aquaponics as Sustainable Urban Agriculture

By AJ Hughes   Hydroponics and aquaponics are an important part of sustainable agriculture, especially in space-scarce urban areas. Numerous high schools recognize the bright future of hydroponics and aquaponics, and as a result include it as part of their curriculum.  Here is a sampling of those across the nation: …

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The City Dwellers Who Are Growing Food in India, China and Brazil

  In the northern hemisphere, the days are growing longer and warmer, signaling the first day of spring. For many, it’s time to start sowing seeds, and for those in cities, it’s time to dig into community gardens. According to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), around 15 percent of …

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5 Native Tribal Organizations Reviving the Sustainable Agriculture Tradition

Photo courtesy of Team Toca By Rose Egelhoff Here are five organizations looking to their heritage for solutions to address these and other problems.Sustainable agriculture techniques like companion planting and dryland farming were practiced for thousands of years in North America by Native Americans. Today, health problems and loss of …


A New Map of the World’s Ecosystems

A new, free, web-based tool from the US Geological Survey (USGS) and ESRI allows us to gain a better understanding of the ecological character of any place in the world. As the team explains, the web site can be used by everyone — from local government officials and planners to landscape architects …


OmniProcessor Makes Drinking Water From Sewage

In many parts of the world, clean drinking water is more precious than gold. Either there is no waste water infrastructure or, if there is, the process is so basic it does little to nothing to treat the waste effectively. Much of it just gets dumped into the nearest river or ocean. Diseases caused by poor …