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Electricity Generation

UN Sustainable Development Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

Energy

The world is making progress towards Goal 7, with encouraging signs that energy is becoming more sustainable and widely available. Access to electricity in poorer countries has begun to accelerate, energy efficiency continues to improve, and renewable energy is making impressive gains in the electricity

Drawdown lists large methane digesters as the 30th solution to mitigating the effects of climate change. Click here to learn more!

Methane Digesters @ProjectDrawdown #ClimateSolutions

Industrial-scale anaerobic digesters control decomposition of organic waste, and convert methane emissions into biogas, an alternative fuel, and digestate, a nutrient-rich fertilizer.

Cold Water Saves

Cold Water Saves

Should You Buy Carbon Offsets? A practical and philosophical guide to neutralizing your carbon footprint.

Should You Buy Carbon Offsets?

A practical and philosophical guide to neutralizing your carbon footprint.

Drawdown lists rooftop solar as the 10th solution to mitigating the effects of climate change. Click here to learn more!

Distributed Solar Photovoltaics @ProjectDrawdown #ClimateSolutions

Rooftop solar panels are one example of distributed solar photovoltaic systems. Whether grid-connected or part of standalone systems, they offer hyper-local, clean electricity generation.

What are Carbon Offsets? explained by TerraPass

Carbon Offsets | Reduce Emissions & Climate Change

A complete guide to carbon offsets and how projects in communities across the country reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Post Carbon Institute is leading the transition to a more resilient, equitable, and sustainable world. Click here to learn more about what they do.

Post Carbon Institute

Leading the transition to a more resilient, sustainable, and equitable world.

Buildings and Cities

Advocacy a Crucial Part of Creating Better Transportation

Advocacy a crucial part of creating better transportation

A new report released by TransitCenter documents how advocacy groups like Active Trans, elected officials and agency leaders all need each other to create sustainable transportation options and make streets more walkable, bikeable and transit-friendly.

Project Drawdown ranks Green Roofs as Solution #73 to mitigate and reverse the effects of climate change. Click here to learn more!

Green and Cool Roofs @ProjectDrawdown #ClimateSolutions

Green roofs use soil and vegetation as living insulation. Cool roofs reflect solar energy. Both reduce building energy use for heating and/or cooling.

Project Drawdown ranks Walkable Cities as Solution #54 to mitigate and reverse the effects of climate change. Click here to learn more!

Walkable Cities @ProjectDrawdown #ClimateSolutions

Walkable cities use planning, design, and density to maximize walking and minimize driving, especially for commuting. Emissions decrease as pedestrians take the place of cars.

Reimagining Our Streets As Places: From Transit Routes To Community Roots

Reimagining Our Streets as Places: From Transit Routes to Community Roots

Across many cultures and times – since the beginning of civilization, in fact – the street has held vast social, commercial, and political significance as a powerful symbol of the public realm.

Boost Your Neighborhood’s Walkability

9 Surprising Things That Add Value to Your House

It's surprising what things can add value to your home.

UN Sustainable Development Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

Cities

The world is becoming increasingly urbanized. Since 2007, more than half the world’s population has been living in cities, and that share is projected to rise to 60 per cent by 2030. Cities and metropolitan areas are powerhouses of economic growth—contributing about 60 per

Project Drawdown ranks Smart Thermostats as Solution #57 to mitigate and reverse the effects of climate change. Click here to learn more!

Smart Thermostats @ProjectDrawdown #ClimateSolutions

Thermostats are mission control for space heating and cooling. Smart thermostats use algorithms and sensors to become more energy efficient over time, lowering emissions.

Urban Planning and the Importance of Green Space in Cities to Human and Environmental Health

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Smarter House: Planning Energy Improvements

Planning Energy Improvements

Materials

6 Times You Can Turn off the Tap to Save Water

6 Times You Can Turn Off the Tap to Save Water - Sustainability

These simple changes can help you save water -- big-time. Just turn off the tap while doing these everyday actions.

Project Drawdown ranks Household Recycling as Solution #55 to mitigate and reverse the effects of climate change. Click here to learn more!

Recycling @ProjectDrawdown #ClimateSolutions

To produce new products from recovered materials requires fewer raw resources and less energy. That’s how recycling household, commercial, and industrial waste can cut emissions.

The Battle Against Recycling Contamination Is Everyone’s Battle

The Battle Against Recycling Contamination is Everyone’s Battle

What is recycling contamination? It's a global problem that starts at your curb. Learn more.

4 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying a Product

New Dream | 4 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying a Product

There are a few key things you can look for to give you a better idea of what kind of company you are supporting with your wallet.

Good Product, Bad Package: Top Sustainable Packaging Mistakes

Good product, bad package: top sustainable packaging mistakes

Making packaging more sustainable is more complicated than it may appear. Here are some challenges exemplified by common household products

Project Drawdown ranks Recycled Paper as Solution #70 to mitigate and reverse the effects of climate change. Click here to learn more!

Recycled Paper @ProjectDrawdown #ClimateSolutions

Recycled paper takes a circular journey, rather than a linear flow from logging to landfill. Reprocessing used paper curtails extraction of virgin feedstock and lowers emissions.

How to Start a Basic Recycling Program for Colleges & Universities

9 Key Secrets to Starting a Recycling Program For Colleges & Universities - Busch Systems Latest Recycling Blog

For more information on how to build an exceptional recycling program for your college/university, click here. We’ve been building exceptional college recycling & waste management programs for over 35 years. Here’s 9 key secrets we’ve unearthed that’ll build the zero waste campus program you’ve always wanted for your post-secondary institution and save you money in the process. Let’s start with the facts. Universities and colleges in the often have populations of students, staff and faculty…

It's Elementary – Starting a Recycling Program for Schools Grades K-12

It’s Elementary – Starting A Recycling Program for Schools Grades K-12

UN Sustainable Development Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

Sustainable consumption and production

Worldwide consumption and production — a driving force of the global economy — rest on the use of the natural environment and resources in a way that continues to have destructive impacts on the planet. Economic and social progress over the last century has been accompanied by environmental degradation

Concrete steps: Inside the building pressure to make climate-friendly cement | Greenbiz

Reducing the industry’s heavy carbon footprint has been a rocky road. But solutions from both incumbents and upstarts are pouring in.

Project Drawdown ranks Alternative Cement as Solution #36 to mitigate and reverse the effects of climate change. Click here to learn more!

Alternative Cement @ProjectDrawdown #ClimateSolutions

Project Drawdown is the most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming. We gathered a qualified and diverse group of researchers from around the world to identify, research, and model the 100 most substantive, existing solutions to address climate change. What was uncovered is a path forward that can roll back global warming within thirty years.

Project Drawdown ranks Industrial Recycling as Solution #56 to mitigate and reverse the effects of climate change. Click here to learn more!

Recycling @ProjectDrawdown #ClimateSolutions

To produce new products from recovered materials requires fewer raw resources and less energy. That’s how recycling household, commercial, and industrial waste can cut emissions.

Reduce Your Waste Project is a place to exchange information, stories and successes about, you guessed it, the reduction of waste, and about sustainability in general. Too much goes to the landfill every day, but each of us can make a difference in our own lives by learning how to consume and throw away less. Reduce Your Waste Project informs you about the issues and offers solutions. Click here to learn more!

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Project Drawdown ranks Bioplastic as Solution #47 to mitigate and reverse the effects of climate change. Click here to learn more!

Bioplastics @ProjectDrawdown #ClimateSolutions

Most plastics are made from fossil fuels, but bioplastics utilize plants as an alternative source of carbon. They often have lower emissions and sometimes biodegrade.

Project Drawdown ranks Water Saving - Home as Solution #46 to mitigate and reverse the effects of climate change. Click here to learn more!

Low-Flow Fixtures @ProjectDrawdown #ClimateSolutions

Cleaning, transporting, and heating water requires energy. More efficient fixtures and appliances can reduce home water use significantly, thereby reducing emissions.

Project Drawdown ranks Refrigerant Management as the #1 Solution to mitigate and reverse the effects of climate change. Click here to learn more!

Refrigerant Management @ProjectDrawdown #ClimateSolutions

Fluorinated gases have a potent greenhouse effect and are widely used as refrigerants. Managing leaks and disposal of these chemicals can avoid emissions in buildings and landfills.

Food

Report by Knorr and WWF about 50 foods that make healthier people and a healthier planet

Future 50 Foods

Report by Knorr and WWF about 50 foods that make healthier people and a healthier planet

#28 Multistrata Agroforestry - Life in Syntropy is a short film about Ernst Gotsch's amazing work in agroforestry.

Life in Syntropy

Visit our channel on vimeo: https://vimeo.com/channels/agendagotsch "Life in Syntropy" is the new short film from Agenda Gotsch made specially to be presente...

The way we eat could doom us as a species. Here’s a new diet designed to save us.

The new Lancet-EAT Commission dietary guidelines are bold and controversial.

This article is titled "How To Control Portions and Reduce Food Waste" Click here to learn more!

How To Control Portions And Reduce Food Waste

Is bigger always better? The people running most cafés, restaurants and supermarkets seem to think so, serving or selling larger portions of food. This...

Here is another resource for a Food Waste Diary. Learn more to see if this could work for you!

Save Money With A Food Waste Diary

Save Money With A Food Waste Diary reveals how you could save up to $1,200 a year just by watching what you throw away

Project Drawdown ranks Farmland Restoration as Solution #23 to mitigate and reverse the effects of climate change. Click here to learn more!

Abandoned Farmland Restoration @ProjectDrawdown #ClimateSolutions

Degraded farmland is often abandoned, but need not be. Restoration can bring these lands back into productivity and sequester carbon in the process.

Keep track of your home food waste! This is a great way to recognize how much food goes to waste before we get around to eating it.

Keep Track of Your Own Food Waste at Your House | Heifer International

Every week we feature a fun and/or educational activity you can try at home or in the classroom. If you read the blog posted Wednesday about Food Waste, you may be wondering just how you can get started. This activity will help you keep track of

What Do Food Expiration Dates Mean? Take a look at this nifty infographic!

*Throwback Thursday* What Do Food Expiration Dates Mean?

Mamas Spot was created to inform and inspire and it stays true to that motto.

Land Use

The Best Technology for Fighting Climate Change Isn't a Technology: It's Forests

Forests are the most powerful and efficient carbon-capture system on the planet

Protecting Forests Near and Far: Cities4Forests Launches at GCAS |

Most people don’t associate cities with trees, but urban areas are actually dependent on healthy forests. Trees within cities reduce heat, provide spaces for recreation and socialization, and…

Indigenous knowledge systems can help solve the problems of climate change | Teila Watson

Australia is a place so entrenched in the blood of colonialism that it has been unable to even consider listening to what First Nations people have been saying about care for country

How to Fight Climate Change in Your Own Garden - Yes! Magazine

A series of videos are educating gardeners and farmers on the benefits of regenerative agriculture.

Click here to learn about Indigenous peoples and local communities’ leadership in conservation throughout the world.

Our Priorities

We're taking on the planet’s biggest challenges by protecting land, oceans, and freshwater and fighting climate change.

Project Drawdown ranks Indigenous Peoples' Land Management as Solution #39 to mitigate and reverse the effects of climate change. Click here to learn more!

Indigenous Peoples’ Forest Tenure @ProjectDrawdown #ClimateSolutions

Secure land tenure protects indigenous peoples’ rights. With sovereignty, traditional practices can continue—in turn protecting ecosystems and carbon sinks and preventing emissions from deforestation.

Project Drawdown ranks Perennial Biomass as Solution #51 to mitigate and reverse the effects of climate change. Click here to learn more!

Perennial Biomass Production @ProjectDrawdown #ClimateSolutions

Bioenergy relies on biomass—often annual crops such as corn. Perennial plants (e.g., switchgrass, silvergrass, willow, eucalyptus) are a more sustainable source and sequester modest amounts of soil carbon.

Project Drawdown ranks Coastal Wetlands as Solution #52 to mitigate and reverse the effects of climate change. Click here to learn more!

Coastal Wetland Protection @ProjectDrawdown #ClimateSolutions

Mangroves, salt marshes, and seagrasses sequester huge amounts of carbon in plants and soil. Protecting them inhibits degradation and safeguards their carbon sinks.

This article outlines 4 foods that Are eating the world’s forests and gives alternatives on how to choose better. Click here to learn more!

4 Foods That Are Eating the World’s Forests And How to Choose Better

Many of the foods we enjoy every day are produced in faraway regions of the world, making it nearly impossible to draw the connection between mass deforestation to grow ingredients and the finished products in our hands

Project Drawdown ranks Temperate Forests as Solution #12 to mitigate and reverse the effects of climate change. Click here to learn more!

Temperate Forest Restoration @ProjectDrawdown #ClimateSolutions

Almost all temperate forests have been altered in some way—timbered, converted to agriculture, disrupted by development. Restoring them sequesters carbon in biomass and soil.

Project Drawdown ranks Tropical Forests as Solution #5 to mitigate and reverse the effects of climate change. Click here to learn more!

Tropical Forest Restoration @ProjectDrawdown #ClimateSolutions

Tropical forests have suffered extensive clearing, fragmentation, degradation, and depletion of biodiversity. Restoring these forests also restores their function as carbon sinks.

The Forest Stewardship Council mission is to promote environmentally sound, socially beneficial and economically prosperous management of the world's forests. Our vision is that we can meet our current needs for forest products without compromising the health of the world’s forests for future generations.

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FSC is an independent, non-governmental, not for profit organization established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests.

Project Drawdown ranks Forest Protection as Solution #38 to mitigate and reverse the effects of climate change. Click here to learn more!

Forest Protection @ProjectDrawdown #ClimateSolutions

In their biomass and soil, forests are powerful carbon storehouses. Protection prevents emissions from deforestation, shields that carbon, and enables ongoing carbon sequestration.

Project Drawdown ranks Bamboo as Solution #35 to mitigate and reverse the effects of climate change. Click here to learn more!

Bamboo Production @ProjectDrawdown #ClimateSolutions

Bamboo rapidly sequesters carbon in biomass and soil and can thrive on degraded lands. Long-lived bamboo products can also store carbon over time.

Transport

5 Innovations to Make Telecommuting Easy & Green

Corporate Responsibility

Learn what business and industry are doing to take responsibility for their impact on the planet.

Flying Is Bad for the Planet. You Can Help Make It Better

Flying Is Bad for the Planet. You Can Help Make It Better

Project Drawdown ranks Mass Transit as Solution #37 to mitigate and reverse the effects of climate change. Click here to learn more!

Public Transit @ProjectDrawdown #ClimateSolutions

Streetcars, buses, and subways offer alternative, efficient modes of transport. Public transit can keep car use to a minimum and avert greenhouse gases.

You can't manage what you can't measure. Calculate your Carbon Footprint using this handy tool!

Carbon Footprint Calculator | Individual, Business & Events

Use our carbon footprint calculator to calculate the impact on climate by an Individual, Business or an Event. Calculate your carbon footprint now.

Project Drawdown ranks Airplanes as Solution #43 to mitigate and reverse the effects of climate change. Click here to learn more!

Efficient Aviation @ProjectDrawdown #ClimateSolutions

Various technologies and operational practices can lower airplane emissions to some degree. They include better engines, wingtips, and light weighting to improve fuel efficiency.

How far can we get without flying? When a climate scientist decided to stop flying to cut his carbon emissions, he caught a glimpse of the post-oil future.

How Far Can We Get Without Flying? - Yes! Magazine

When a climate scientist decided to stop flying to cut his carbon emissions, he caught a glimpse of the post-oil future.

This survey outlines the mode of transportation we use for short trips, and how far we typically travel. For example: Half of all trips are three miles or less, but fewer than 2 percent of those trips are made by bicycle, while 72 percent of them are driven. Ask yourself what it would take to put those car keys down and use muscle-power to get around your community. Click here to learn more surprising travel facts!

National Household Travel Survey -- short trips analysis

As promised, here are some more numbers from the National Household Travel Survey. The League and America Bikes have put together this fact sheet on trip distance and mode. The good news is that the share of all trips made by bicycle is up 25 percent since 2001, to one percent.

How to Motivate Employees to Carpool | Green Living

How to Motivate Employees to Carpool | Green Living

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Why doesn't the United States have high-speed bullet trains like Europe and Asia? Click here for some insight!

Why Doesn't The United States Have High-Speed Bullet Trains Like Europe And Asia?

Why doesn't the United States have high-speed bullet trains like Europe and Asia? This question was originally answered on Quora by Glenn Luk.

Project Drawdown ranks Electric Bikes as Solution #69 to mitigate and reverse the effects of climate change. Click here to learn more!

Electric Bicycles @ProjectDrawdown #ClimateSolutions

Small battery-powered motors give electric bicycles a boost. It makes them a more compelling alternative to more polluting forms of motorized transport, namely cars.

This article talks about spending time with good public transit as young adults teaches people to use it later in life, even if they move to a place where it doesn’t work very well. Click here to read on!

If You Use Public Transit When You’re Young, You’re Less Likely To Drive Later

Spending time with good public transit as young adults teaches people to use it later in life, even if they move to a place where it doesn’t work very well.

Project Drawdown ranks Telepresence as Solution #63 to mitigate and reverse the effects of climate change. Click here to learn more!

Telepresence @ProjectDrawdown #ClimateSolutions

Telepresence integrates high-performance visual, audio, and network technologies, so people can interact across geographies. It cuts down on travel—especially flying—and its emissions.

Project Drawdown ranks Cars as Solution #49 to mitigate and reverse the effects of climate change. Click here to learn more!

Hybrid Cars @ProjectDrawdown #ClimateSolutions

A transitional technology, hybrid cars pair an electric motor and battery with an internal combustion engine. The combination improves fuel economy—more miles on a gallon—and lowers emissions.

IMPROVE A BUS STOP - #37 Mass Transit -  Tactical Transit by Jarrett Walker

Tactical Transit: A Fast Path to Transit Infrastructure — Human Transit

Learn this term now: tactical transit. (I wish I’d invented it, but the cool peeps at TransitCenter did, in their great overview today.) If you know what tactical urbanism is, tactical transit is the same principle applied to transit. So it means something like this: Don’t just fight for giant infrastructure projects that take many years to […]

Project Drawdown ranks Ridesharing as Solution #75 to mitigate and reverse the effects of climate change. Click here to learn more!

Carpooling @ProjectDrawdown #ClimateSolutions

When people share common origins, destinations, or stops en route, they can ride together. Carpooling uses seats and fuel more efficiently, cutting emissions.

Project Drawdown ranks Electric Vehicles as Solution #26 to mitigate and reverse the effects of climate change. Click here to learn more!

Electric Cars @ProjectDrawdown #ClimateSolutions

Electric motors supplant gasoline or diesel engines, which are polluting and less efficient. EVs always reduce car emissions—dramatically so when powered by renewable electricity.

Project Drawdown ranks High-Speed Rail as Solution #66 to mitigate and reverse the effects of climate change. Click here to learn more!

High-Speed Rail @ProjectDrawdown #ClimateSolutions

High-speed rail offers an alternative to trips otherwise made by car or airplane. It requires special, designated tracks, but can dramatically curtail emissions.

Women and Girls

Solar Sister trains and supports women to deliver clean energy directly to homes in rural African communities. They provide essential services and training that enable women entrepreneurs to build sustainable businesses in their own communities.

Home - Solar Sister

Solar Sister supports local women in Africa to create clean energy businesses. Because everyone should have affordable, clean power.

WE ARE WOMEN & GIRLS FROM EVERY CORNER OF THE PLANET BUILDING A LIFESTYLE REVOLUTION TO FIGHT THE CLIMATE CRISIS.

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Women fighting climate change

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The Best Technology for Fighting Climate Change Isn't a Technology: It's Forests

Forests are the most powerful and efficient carbon-capture system on the planet

6 Times You Can Turn off the Tap to Save Water

6 Times You Can Turn Off the Tap to Save Water - Sustainability

These simple changes can help you save water -- big-time. Just turn off the tap while doing these everyday actions.

Project Drawdown ranks Household Recycling as Solution #55 to mitigate and reverse the effects of climate change. Click here to learn more!

Recycling @ProjectDrawdown #ClimateSolutions

To produce new products from recovered materials requires fewer raw resources and less energy. That’s how recycling household, commercial, and industrial waste can cut emissions.

The Battle Against Recycling Contamination Is Everyone’s Battle

The Battle Against Recycling Contamination is Everyone’s Battle

What is recycling contamination? It's a global problem that starts at your curb. Learn more.

4 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying a Product

New Dream | 4 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying a Product

There are a few key things you can look for to give you a better idea of what kind of company you are supporting with your wallet.

Good Product, Bad Package: Top Sustainable Packaging Mistakes

Good product, bad package: top sustainable packaging mistakes

Making packaging more sustainable is more complicated than it may appear. Here are some challenges exemplified by common household products

Project Drawdown ranks Recycled Paper as Solution #70 to mitigate and reverse the effects of climate change. Click here to learn more!

Recycled Paper @ProjectDrawdown #ClimateSolutions

Recycled paper takes a circular journey, rather than a linear flow from logging to landfill. Reprocessing used paper curtails extraction of virgin feedstock and lowers emissions.

How to Start a Basic Recycling Program for Colleges & Universities

9 Key Secrets to Starting a Recycling Program For Colleges & Universities - Busch Systems Latest Recycling Blog

For more information on how to build an exceptional recycling program for your college/university, click here. We’ve been building exceptional college recycling & waste management programs for over 35 years. Here’s 9 key secrets we’ve unearthed that’ll build the zero waste campus program you’ve always wanted for your post-secondary institution and save you money in the process. Let’s start with the facts. Universities and colleges in the often have populations of students, staff and faculty…

It's Elementary – Starting a Recycling Program for Schools Grades K-12

It’s Elementary – Starting A Recycling Program for Schools Grades K-12

UN Sustainable Development Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

Energy

The world is making progress towards Goal 7, with encouraging signs that energy is becoming more sustainable and widely available. Access to electricity in poorer countries has begun to accelerate, energy efficiency continues to improve, and renewable energy is making impressive gains in the electricity

Solar Sister trains and supports women to deliver clean energy directly to homes in rural African communities. They provide essential services and training that enable women entrepreneurs to build sustainable businesses in their own communities.

Home - Solar Sister

Solar Sister supports local women in Africa to create clean energy businesses. Because everyone should have affordable, clean power.

WE ARE WOMEN & GIRLS FROM EVERY CORNER OF THE PLANET BUILDING A LIFESTYLE REVOLUTION TO FIGHT THE CLIMATE CRISIS.

Home | 1 Million Women

Women fighting climate change

UN Sustainable Development Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

Sustainable consumption and production

Worldwide consumption and production — a driving force of the global economy — rest on the use of the natural environment and resources in a way that continues to have destructive impacts on the planet. Economic and social progress over the last century has been accompanied by environmental degradation

Drawdown lists large methane digesters as the 30th solution to mitigating the effects of climate change. Click here to learn more!

Methane Digesters @ProjectDrawdown #ClimateSolutions

Industrial-scale anaerobic digesters control decomposition of organic waste, and convert methane emissions into biogas, an alternative fuel, and digestate, a nutrient-rich fertilizer.

Cold Water Saves

Cold Water Saves

Advocacy a Crucial Part of Creating Better Transportation

Advocacy a crucial part of creating better transportation

A new report released by TransitCenter documents how advocacy groups like Active Trans, elected officials and agency leaders all need each other to create sustainable transportation options and make streets more walkable, bikeable and transit-friendly.