As the holiday season approaches, we begin thinking about all the delicious meals that we will soon enjoy. During these meals, we often give thanks for all that we have and consider those near and far who have much less. But when we scrape the food from our plates after enjoying our meals, we often don't realize we are contributing to a bigger problem. Every year up to 40% of our food supply in the U.S. is wasted. Roughly 300 pounds of food per person per year is dumped in the landfill and could have gone to those who are food insecure.
This infographic by the National Resources Defense Council outlines the scope of this problem as well as simple steps we can take to reduce and eliminate food waste. This Thanksgiving, let us strive to eat more sustainably. Let's consume less and donate or compost what's left.
The class of 2017 has selected a permanent, annual source of funding available to Lion's Pantry, the student food bank, to help in-need and at-risk students by providing free food to any student with a Penn State ID. Annual funding will be proportional to the initial amount given, so make your gift today to support food security at Penn State!
Thanksgiving is generally about three things: tradition, food and family, all of which can make it seem like a difficult time to change behavior and go green.
But new traditions begin some time or another, so what better day than Thanksgiving? Try going green (or greener) this year by incorporating some eco-friendly changes to your holiday shopping, food, decorations and travel with these easy and fun tips.
Scientists are clear about the reality of climate change and we should be too. It's more critical than ever that we support leaders who listen to scientists and are committed to making climate solutions a reality. Climate change throws natural systems out of balance - to often devastating effect. What does that mean? Here's a helpful 101-style refresher on climate change.