February 19, 2014
by David Lennett
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Mercury Thermostats in Rhode Island

David Lennett, Senior Attorney, Washington, D.C. and Beijing
Last month, I wrote about a report estimating the number of mercury thermostats still in use in Illinois, and the number becoming waste annually, emphasizing the need to safel… Continue reading

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February 12, 2014
by Shelley Poticha
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Reconnecting America Legacy Continues with NRDC Urban Solutions Work

Shelley Poticha, Director, Urban Solutions, DC
This week NRDC and Reconnecting America issued a statement about an exciting transition that allows us to scale up our collaborative work with communities across the nation. I want to share… Continue reading

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January 13, 2014
by David Lennett
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New Study Finds Over 1.8 Million Mercury Thermostats Still in Use in Illinois

David Lennett, Senior Attorney, Washington, D.C. and Beijing
Mercury is a powerful neurotoxin, adversely affecting childhood development even in small concentrations.  Based upon blood testing data, federal scientists have estimate… Continue reading

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September 24, 2013
by MoreRecycling
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The date on your food package is meaningless

Researchers at Harvard and the Natural Resources Defense Council find that sell by dates and expiration dates are misleading consumers and leading to waste. Continue reading

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September 11, 2013
by Ralph Cavanagh
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Changing How Utilities Do Business: A Timely Dialogue

Ralph Cavanagh, Energy Program Co-Director, San Francisco, CA
This blog entry was co-written with Elisabeth Brinton, Chief Customer Officer of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District. 
As technology changes and electricity sales … Continue reading

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August 30, 2013
by Karen Garrison
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Put plastic in its place

Karen Garrison, Co-Director, Oceans Program, San Francisco
We discard way more plastic than we recycle or reuse (see my OpEd in the Los Angeles Times, today: “To heal the Earth, put plastics in its place”).  Much of it … Continue reading

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June 17, 2013
by Karen Garrison
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Sailors and Sea Stewards (guest blog post by Megan Hayes)

Karen Garrison, Co-Director, Oceans Program, San Francisco
Megan Hayes is a Stanback summer Intern for NRDC’s Oceans Program in San Francisco. A recent graduate of the University of California Berkeley with a degree in Marine Scie… Continue reading

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April 4, 2013
by Allen Hershkowitz
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NBA’s Green Week Is Unique

Allen Hershkowitz, Senior Scientist, NYC and throughout the world
The National Basketball Association’s Green Week is globally unique in all of professional sports: No other league or team dedicates an entire week every year to ed… Continue reading

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April 1, 2013
by Kaid Benfield
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NRDC, CNU launch potentially “historic” agreement to control sprawl, rebuild cities

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
 
Washington, DC, April 1, 2013 – The Natural Resources Defense Council and the Congress for the New Urbanism announced today that the two national organizatio… Continue reading

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February 22, 2013
by Reduce
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What’s Being Done to Fight the World’s Food Waste Problem?

It’s safe say that the world has a food waste problem. Luckily, many groups, individuals and movements are stepping up with both large and small-scale efforts to fight food waste worldwide. Continue reading

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February 19, 2013
by Reduce
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Restaurant Chains Donate Unserved Food to Families in Need

Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse and others distribute unserved food to community agencies and organizations. Continue reading

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January 22, 2013
by Pete Altman
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Implementing the Inaugural: President Obama’s Carbon Pollution Solution

Pete Altman, Climate and Clean Air Campaign Director, Washington, D.C.
It was thrilling to hear President Obama put climate change front and center in his Inaugural Address. In case you missed what he said, here it is:

The goo… Continue reading

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November 8, 2012
by Francesca Koe
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Know Any Good Food Heroes? Nominate Them for the Growing Green Awards

Francesca Koe, Director of Campaigns, San Francisco
Every holiday season, it’s a struggle to not start drooling when walking down the aisles of a grocery store. You know the feeling as the savory scent of tantalizing samples … Continue reading

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August 22, 2012
by Reduce
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Food Waste Creates Guilt, Garbage

Food waste does more than hurt consumers’ pocketbooks – it tugs at their heart strings, too. According to a new study from the Shelton Group, 39 percent of Americans feel guilty about wasting food. The percentage of participants who felt remorse for food waste was significantly larger than any other action polled in the survey. Comparatively, [...] Continue reading

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August 21, 2012
by Ralph Cavanagh
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"Ratepayer," RIP

Ralph Cavanagh, Energy Program Co-Director, San Francisco, CA
This week, I asked the California Public Utilities Commission to banish the word “ratepayer” from its institutional vocabulary and instead use a better term to de… Continue reading

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June 8, 2012
by Leila Monroe
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A Beacon in the Fog: Opportunities for International Cooperation on World Oceans Day, at Rio+20, and Beyond

Leila Monroe, Staff Attorney, Oceans Program, San Francisco
June 8 is World Oceans Day, and I’m thrilled to celebrate it from Rio de Janeiro, where I’ve just arrived for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development.  50… Continue reading

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June 1, 2012
by Kaid Benfield
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Bank of America supports affordable green neighborhoods with grant program

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
 
Last week, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation and the US Green Building Council announced the opening of the 2012 Affordable Green Neighborhoods Grant Progr… Continue reading

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February 22, 2012
by Linda Greer
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NRDC Work on Apple Computer’s Supply Chain

Linda Greer, Director, Health and Environment Program, Washington, D.C.
As Apple moves forward to address environmental problems in its supply chain, the opportunity is wide open to become a model for other companies to follow.
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February 10, 2012
by Allen Hershkowitz
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Greening the GRAMMYs: It All Adds Up

Allen Hershkowitz, Senior Scientist, NYC and throughout the world
When it comes to the functional integrity of the biosphere, small things matter. Indeed, it is the small things in the global ecosystem that keep Homo sapiens and other f… Continue reading

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November 17, 2011
by Kaid Benfield
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Report highlights exemplary clean water practices in Philadelphia, Milwaukee, other cities

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
 
In a major report released yesterday, my colleagues at the Natural Resources Defense Council outlined challenges and solutions facing US cities in restoring and ma… Continue reading

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