Lancaster, TX—They say everything is bigger in Texas. It holds true in the case of United Natural Foods Inc. (UNFI) and its new 655 kilowatt (kW) rooftop solar array, set atop its 590,000 sq. ft. distribution center, located here. The new array adds to an already extensive infrastructure of solar energy systems installed and run by UNFI at its facilities throughout the country.
New York, NY—What connects a United Nations climate summit, protesters on Wall Street and a press release from an outfit called the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR)? The concept of climate-smart agriculture (CSA).
San Francisco, CA—The widespread practice of industrial fracking, a drilling process used to enhance oil and natural gas production, may seem like a far off concern. It may seem like a subject for those engaged in debates about how we should provide our nation with energy. But with the controversy surrounding its potential side effects, and the negative impact it may be having on communities across the country, one could argue fracking warrants more attention from ordinary citizens.
Aspen, CO—A summit on sustainability featuring presentations, film screenings, and a host of influential activists and leaders took place at the Hotel Jerome from August 10–13. The 11th annual American Renewable Energy Day (AREDAY) summit was hosted by the non-profit American Renewable Energy Institute, and included the likes of former President Jimmy Carter, Ted Turner, T. Boone Pickens, Dr. Sylvia Earle, CNN anchor Natalie Allen and U.S. Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado.
Though many fondly remember the 1983 Tom Cruise film, the phrase “Risky Business” recently took on darker connotations. It’s the name of a new report on the economic risks of climate change, organized by former U.S. Treasury secretary Henry Paulson, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and billionaire hedge fund manager Tom Steyer, in which business leaders are challenged to view global warming as they would any other serious risk to their bottom line.
A new study out of the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and published in Nature links higher atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) levels with worsening nutrient deficiencies worldwide. Specifically, levels of zinc and iron, nutrients much of the world is already deficient in, may be under threat.
For those unfamiliar with the term, in the context of oceanography, a gyre refers to any large system of rotating currents in Earth’s oceans. There are five primary gyres, from which the environmental group 5 Gyres takes its name. A new partnership has been formed in support of this group’s mission, which is to “research and communicate about the global impact of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans.” Supplement company Rainbow Light now sponsors 5 Gyres, as its team embarks this month on its next sailing expedition.
If sustainability is ever going to take hold as an economic and social force, it may have to become a part of the educational process and instilled as a value in children. Aiming to do that on a grand scale is the recently released National Action Plan for Educating for Sustainability. It lays out a course of action to ensure that by 2040, every student graduating from a U.S. K–12 school “will be equipped to shape a more sustainable future,” according to the Center for Green Schools.