By Shomita Bhattacharya, Program Specialist
According to the USDA, America wastes 30-40% of our food supply every year. In 2010, this totaled 133 billion pounds of food, worth $161 billion! These are large numbers that describe the food waste of the entire nation, but what do they mean in terms of individuals like you and me? The John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Center for a Livable Future analyzed the nutritional composition of wasted food in the United States, and found that on average, the amount of food wasted per person per day in the US is equivalent to:
- 1,217 calories
- 33 grams of protein (5 large hardboiled eggs)
- 9 grams of dietary fiber (two medium pears)
- 7 micrograms of vitamin D (3 ounces of mushroom or 3 ounces of cod)
- 286 milligrams of calcium (8 ounces of milk or a cup and half of vanilla ice cream)
- 880 milligrams of potassium (a potato or two cups of tomatoes)
By Kevin Pink, Marketing & Development Assistant
It’s the season of farmers markets and cookouts! There’s always another new recipe to try out or leftovers from yet another cookout going into the refrigerator. We’ve all been there- whether it’s a half-eaten container of strawberries that grows fuzzy, or milk left a week or so too long, food waste is a common problem. Part of the issue is a lack of education on the topic. How much do you know about food waste in America? Join us for a little food waste true & false and put your knowledge to the test!Read More»
By Kevin Pink, Marketing & Development Specialist
It’s been a long winter, but spring is finally here. For many of us, the arrival of buds on the trees and the ability to leave one’s windows open without freezing brings with it a renewed dedication to scouring our homes of all the accumulated dust, sand, and other debris they’ve acquired during the winter. Check out some of our favorite tips for cleaning house in a sustainable way!
There are several approaches to household cleaning that will allow you to make your home sparkle while limiting your impact on the environment and saving you some money.Read More»
By Chiara Favaloro, Marketing Fellow
What is New England Wind & New England GreenStart?
The Center for EcoTechnology partners with Mass Energy Consumers Alliance to make it easier than ever for Massachusetts residents to switch to 100% renewable energy. Residents whose energy comes from Eversource or National Grid can sign up for Mass Energy’s New England GreenStart and New England Wind programs. Signing up means that members pay a small fee directly on their electric bills to ensure all of their energy comes from clean, renewable sources. The premium for choosing green energy is 2.4 cents/kwh for New England GreenStart or 3.8 cents/kwh for New England Wind. These contributions are completely tax deductible!
If you sign up for New England GreenStart, your energy will come from a variety of local renewable sources including wind, solar, digester gas, and low-impact hydro. If you choose New England Wind, your energy will come from 100% wind power.
By Chiara Favaloro, Marketing Fellow
1. Myth: Home energy assessments are expensive
FALSE: They are available at NO COST to you! Trained professionals from the Center for EcoTechnology and Mass Save conduct each assessment thoroughly and skillfully.
2. Myth: Most homes don’t need weatherization
FALSE: An average home has enough air leakage to add up to a two-foot-square hole. That is like leaving a medium sized window open for 24 hours a day!
3. Myth: Low-flow water fixtures greatly affect water pressure
FALSE: The water pressure is not significantly changed with low-flow water fixtures, yet you will greatly reduce your water consumption.
4. Myth: The savings are small
FALSE: You could save up to 30% on your energy bill by making efficiency upgrades that are suggested by your home energy assessment. Your report will also include applicable rebates and incentives, which could save you 75% up to $2,000.Read More»