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GIS Story: How a new restaurant-led effort could take wasted food off the menu
June 10, 2020

One out of every seven Americans is food insecure, yet 40 percent of all food produced in the United States doesn’t get eaten. Wasted food is a solvable problem, which is why a group of restaurateurs in Rochester, New York, have begun working together to end it.

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NYSAR3 College Council Announces 2020 Grant Winners
April 23, 2020

Each year, the New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse and Recycling (NYSAR3), and NYS Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) provide two $5,000 awards to New York State University and colleges who are members of the NYSAR3 College Council. The grants go to campuses that have projects that focus on source reduction, reuse, or recycling.

The College Council received a variety of applications this year and is excited to announce this year’s two winners:

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Pollution Prevention Institute’s Community Grants Program accepting 2020-21 applications
April 14, 2020

The New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) is accepting funding applications for the 2020-21 Community Grants Program. The Community Grants Program is part of the NYSP2I’s ongoing efforts to continue improving the health and environmental quality of New York state. Eligible applicants—New York state-based community organizations and local governmental agencies—are invited to apply...

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RIT leads regional response to ventilator shortage, creating prototype to aid coronavirus fight
April 6, 2020

Rochester Institute of Technology is leading an effort involving local companies and healthcare experts to produce a prototype ventilator designed to help meet the continuing surge of respiratory cases as a result of the coronavirus. According to Nabil Nasr, associate provost and founding director of the Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS), the collaborative project between RIT researchers...

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DEC and state parks encourage responsible recreation during COVID-19 public health crisis
March 28, 2020

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) today encouraged New Yorkers to engage in responsible recreation during the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis. DEC and State Parks recommendations incorporate guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the New York State Department of Health for reducing...

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Food, beverage industry confronts sustainability challenges
December 20, 2019

Sustainability programs and measures in food and beverage manufacturing are often implemented because it’s what customers want or the business’s leadership is committed to utilizing sustainable practices. In today’s business climate however, sustainable measures aren’t something a business can expect to receive government tax incentives for implementing despite their high cost. “We can still be sustainable but ...

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How to Curb Food Waste During the Holidays
November 26, 2019

Holiday season panic...we all experience it. How much food do I buy? Is this turkey big enough? Are you sure we have enough food? Where am I going to put all of these leftovers? Who is going to eat all of these leftovers? Millions of pounds of leftover food is thrown away every year. What if there was a way to plan more accordingly and load off some of the leftovers?

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DEC Highlights State's Leadership in Reducing Waste on "New York Recycles Day"
November 15, 2019

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today recognized November 15 as "New York Recycles Day," celebrating the State's national leadership in promoting recycling and reducing waste.

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Foundation for New York’s Strongest Announces 2019 Microgrant Recipients
October 31, 2019

The Foundation for New York's Strongest - the official nonprofit organization of the NYC Department of Sanitation - has announced the 2019 recipients of its Microgrant Program for food waste reduction: Brooklyn-based Fancy Nancy, a restaurant in Bedford-Stuyvesant and Toast Ale USA, a craft beer brewing company based in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood.

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Developing a code of conduct for brewers
October 30, 2019

New York State's craft beverage sector has grown rapidly in the past five years. With now over 400 craft breweries in operation, the sector is transforming the state's beer market and local economies. New York State Pollution Prevention Institute will begin work with the Carey Institute for Global Good to identify sustainable practices in an upstream supply chain for brewers in an effort to influence change and implement best practices!

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