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Closing the Loop on Urban Food Waste

Riyana Razalee, a current student in the MS in Sustainability Management program, is building from the ground up a career in agriculture and food systems.

by |October 3, 2019
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The Hidden Costs of Food Waste

Nearly 40 percent of all food goes uneaten in the U.S. Environmental policy alumni examine the impacts of food waste and how we can make a difference.

by |August 23, 2019
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Fighting Food Waste by Finding Ways to Use the Useless

Even though some food is never eaten, the carbon emissions to grow it still end up in the atmosphere. Reducing waste is crucial to fighting climate change.

by |May 7, 2019

Using the Food We Waste in New York City

New York’s food waste program is not perfect, but it is an excellent example of the steady progress that we are making to create a more sustainable city.

by |October 8, 2018

Student Spotlight: Bringing 30 Years of Experience From the New York Sustainability World

Evelyn Reis is a student in the MPA in Environmental Science and Policy program and is returning to school after almost 30 years at the NYC Department of Sanitation.

by |June 22, 2018

How to Feed Everyone—and Protect the Environment

More than 500 leaders in agricultural research and organizations from 67 countries came together for the 2nd International Conference on Global Food Security to discuss how we can achieve global food security while reconciling demands on the environment.

by |November 17, 2015

Composting—Turning Garbage into Black Gold

Forty percent of our food is wasted, but through composting, food waste can be turned into black gold—so called because compost, the mixture of decayed organic matter, is valuable as a nutrient-rich soil additive. In the United States, however, less than 3 percent of food waste is composted.

by |October 8, 2012