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5 ways to stop wasting food

Posted by: Meg Stout
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Do you know that 40% of the food in the U.S. goes to waste? Worse still, according to the recent study by Natural Resources Defense Council, the average American discards 10 times more food than someone in Southeast Asia. Yet, one in six Americans doesn’t have enough to eat.

Read More | Sep 25, 2012 |

The Dirty Dozen: which foods to buy organic

Posted by: Meg Stout
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Nothing evokes summer more than fresh food: succulent red tomatoes, sweet corn slathered with butter, vegetables roasting on the grill. Gardens reconnect us to what we eat. Still, most people shop at the supermarket at least some of the time, where we’re confronted with this question: to buy organic or not?

Read More | Aug 23, 2012 |

The New Normal: get used to the heat

Posted by: Tom Rawls
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I am old enough to have survived apocalyptic visions of Soviet atomic strikes in my youth. I’m not sure how huddling under my school desk was going to protect me from the “big one,” but that was the drill. I have survived an age when rivers literally burned and the air disintegrated concrete. So I tend not to react strongly to disaster scenarios.

Read More | Aug 15, 2012 |

Offsetting the Sustainable Brands Conference

Memorable moments abounded at Sustainable Brands 2012 in San Diego about a month ago. The gathering involved more than 1,000 people, many representatives of the companies working most diligently to integrate environmentally and socially mindful practices into their daily business operations.

Read More | Aug 13, 2012 |

2012 brings a year of weather records

Posted by: Natalie Bishop
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Across the world, unusual weather patterns have been a hot topic of discussion (literally!). The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported that nearly all of Europe, Asia, northern Africa, most of North America, and southern Greenland experienced warmer than average monthly temperatures in May.

Read More | Jul 20, 2012 |

The easiest way to cut CO2: keep your stuff longer

Posted by: Meg Stout
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According to the EPA, the lifespan of a cell phone is shorter than other consumer electronics—a fleeting 18 months. This can leave any of us feeling like last year’s model is dated and uncool. But as our possessions age, it’s worth thinking twice before upgrading.

Read More | Jul 18, 2012 |

In memory of Pat Spears: tribal leader, NativeEnergy board member, and close friend

Posted by: The NativeEnergy Team
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We are saddened to report that the world has lost a passionate and dedicated activist. Our board member Pat Spears, who passed away this month, was a tireless advocate for environmental and social justice. An enrolled member of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, he was a former tribal chairman, the president of the Intertribal Council on Utility Policy, and a key member of the NativeEnergy team.

Read More | Jul 11, 2012 |

How CO2 pollution is affecting life in the ocean

Posted by: Natalie Bishop
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Most of the news about climate change is about how it affects the atmosphere and land creatures. But we shouldn’t forget the source of life that covers nearly three-quarters of Earth’s surface: the ocean. About a quarter to a third of all carbon dioxide emissions from our cars and factories are absorbed by the Earth’s oceans. Much of it becomes “fixed” and stored in ocean plants like seagrass. Ocean plants absorb carbon just like forests and field grasses do. But, any of the CO2 that is not fixed dissolves into the seawater, altering the chemistry of the waters. The result is ocean acidification.

Read More | Jun 26, 2012 |

NativeEnergy customers help build wind energy

Posted by: The NativeEnergy Team
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Wind energy is transforming northern Iowa. Rural communities are benefiting from increased tax revenue, job creation, and economic development. Young people who usually leave have begun to stay. And for many farmers, wind generation is providing a key source of income.

Read More | Jun 15, 2012 |

6 green travel tips from Sierra Club Outings and NativeEnergy

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Vacations are a time to try new adventures, hang out with loved ones, or even find a quiet place to relax. But travel can also leave a footprint on the environment. Whether you hit the beach or the International Date Line, follow these simple tips to green your travel.

Read More | Jun 4, 2012 |