One of the most common methodologies for quantifying sustainability is life cycle assessment (LCA). It can give businesses, policymakers, and consumers valuable data for understanding the environmental impact of industrial processes and systems.
Wasted food is a solvable problem, which is why a group of eight restaurateurs in Rochester, New York, met in November 2019, launching a unique, restaurant-led initiative designed by the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I).
In a paper published in the peer-reviewed journal Resources, Conservation & Recycling, engineers at the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) mapped out how a problematic waste material could be used as a sustainable—and profitable—replacement for cement.
Known unknowns, unknown unknowns, and data blind spots can make understanding environmental impact difficult. On-the-ground, data-driven resources like the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) are helping businesses and nonprofits measure their impact and put in place successful plans.
About a third of all food in the United States never gets eaten. The result is an estimated $218 billion loss to the U.S. economy each year, an enormous toll on the environment, and a missed opportunity to feed food-insecure communities.