James Rose works on renewable electricity and energy efficiency. James produces reports and multimedia content and is a regular contributor to GRACE's Ecocentric blog. He was co-author and project manager for The Network for New Energy Choices' award winning report on net metering and interconnection, "Freeing the Grid." Prior to GRACE, James interned at the United Nations, contributed to a report on alternative waste solutions for the NYC Economic Development Corporation, conducted wildlife research on the Western Bluebird and did research in a molecular biology laboratory. James received an MPA in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and a BA in Biology from Earlham College. He enjoys running, gardening, reading and cooking for his family.
In the world of food, a label does't always let you know what you are getting, let alone to know if it is sustainable. To navigate the complicated world of making more sustainable food choices, here are a few questions to ask to make sure you are getting the real deal.
From swan (yes, that's right - we said swan) to Jell-O salad to goat cheese mashed potatoes, our Thanksgiving menus have evolved through American history. Here are a few years from the American history book to take a look at how our Thanksgiving food has changed.
A new briefing seeks to "turn up the heat on meat" by outlining the risks and opportunities of reducing demand for animal proteins and developing a larger market for plant-based protein.
Little of the corn grown in the US goes to (directly) feed the American people. In this last piece of our series on corn's impact on agriculture in the US, we look at where industrially-grown corn actually does go: mainly to animal feed, ethanol production and overseas.
Our food system is heavily reliant on people to plant, pick and serve our food - and many labor groups have been working tirelessly to advocate for the well-being of these food workers. Here are five examples of how the people who work in our food system are fighting for fair treatment - and how you can help.
The corn crop in the US will help to supply the required 18 billion gallons of ethanol in 2016, which will add to the strain of devoting more environmental resources to produce corn. Read on for the latest in our series on corn and its impact on our food system.
How we feed the world is currently out of balance: one billion people go hungry, while one billion eat too much. However, a recent Friends of the Earth report found that agroecological farming practices, combined with democratic institutions, can create a fairer, more resilient and sustainable food system.
As the dominant agriculture commodity in the US, corn has found its way into a large part of American life, but this comes with costs from both environmental and public health standpoints. Learn more about what dent corn is, what's it made into and why we should care.
The US's devotion to corn has led to an increased strain on resources and created an industry dedicated to increasing yields. In this new series, we explores how the corn industry got so big in the US, the crop's role in contributing to factory farmed meat and obesity and how little of the corn crop gets directly eaten by people.
Recently, a new superbug was found in the US that contained resistance to a last resort antibiotic. Public health officials are concerned that we may be at the end of the line with the current arsenal of antibiotics. What's the cause of these superbugs? Read on to find out.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that it is taking steps to reduce arsenic exposure in infants, and has proposed guidelines for infant feeding to reduce arsenic in babies' diets. Good news for parents!
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has filed a final rule that permits open ocean fish farming. We reached out to aquaculture expert and head of the Recirculating Farms Coalition, Marianne Cufone, to learn more.
Back in the days of big hair and hairspray, we all let out a collective 'oops' - not for the bad hairstyles, but because we realized that the chemicals used in hairspray, refrigeration and other products were causing a hole in the ozone layer. Is it still a problem? Find out in this post.
Cleaning up our energy supply is a team effort. There are many groups working on increasing access to solar energy, improving building performance and enhancing policy. Here's a roundup of some of our favorite blogs that are talking about - and working on - these endeavors.
After years of planning, the Obama administration has released the final rules for a climate change plan that aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and transform the electric industry.
Fans, air conditioners, sitting in the shade - there are lots of ways to stay cool on hot days. Many options for cooling, like air conditioning, require energy. Let's take a closer look at air conditioning, its efficiency and a few alternative cooling options.