Sustainability
Environmental Technology for Peace

Environmental Technology for Peace

At United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres closed out 2020, he offered a searing indictment of the global community’s treatment of our planet.  “Humanity is waging war on nature,” he warned, driving “instability, displacement and conflict.” Indeed, global warming, dying oceans, declining biodiversity, and degraded ecosystems now endanger world peace and prosperity.

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2021: The Year of the Great Reset to Begin to Build Back Better click button

2021: The Year of the Great Reset to Begin to Build Back Better

Happy 2021!  This new year could not come soon enough. As you read this, it is clear that globally we are at a crossroads and that the inequities we see at home are also reflected across the broader planet.  The pandemic has instigated a moment to re-examine our relationship with nature and the planet’s resources. Increasingly, […]

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Top Ten Stories of 2020: Trump Showers US With Rollbacks

Top Ten Stories of 2020: Trump Showers US With Rollbacks

President Trump will go down in history as having engaged in a fast and furious attempt to roll back decades of progress on environmental laws, particularly in his final few months in office.  Nothing epitomizes these relentlessly punitive rollbacks more than the absurdity of his obsession with undoing water efficiency requirements for toilets, dishwashers, showerheads, and washing machines.

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Study Finds that Amazon Generates Enough Plastic to Circle Globe 500 Times

Study Finds that Amazon Generates Enough Plastic to Circle Globe 500 Times

A new report from the environmental nonprofit Oceana finds that Amazon has increased the amount of plastic packaging it uses every year.  Last year, according to Oceana’s estimates, the company generated enough plastic packaging to circle the globe 500 times.  

Why this Matters: Oceana also found that less than 1% of Amazon’s plastic waste ended up in rivers, lakes, and oceans.  But it’s 1% of a huge number —  that amounts to the equivalent of dumping one delivery van full of plastic into marine ecosystems every 70 minutes.

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14 Cool Things: ODP-Approved Gifts for Everyone on Your List This Year

14 Cool Things: ODP-Approved Gifts for Everyone on Your List This Year

  By Zoe Hawryluk, ODP Director of Digital Content As the holidays are here, we’re all doing a virtual mad dash to make sure we take care of everyone on our gift lists. This year looks a little different from previous years, and many small businesses are struggling. We believe that supporting these businesses strengthen […]

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Latest Zero-Waste Store Bringing Sustainability to DMV

Latest Zero-Waste Store Bringing Sustainability to DMV

by Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer The D.C. Metro area is now the latest region to welcome a “zero-waste” store. Mason & Greens in Alexandria, VA sells toiletries, groceries, and more, all without any disposable packaging. Many similar stores have opened up across the country, and are making it easier for more people to reduce […]

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