How Large-Scale Urbanization Changes the Future of Food

Posted on September 8, 2016

High angle view from Empire State Building at 86th floor

Sustainable urbanization isn’t a term that rolls off the tongue. Say it three times fast and you’ll see what I mean. But if you care about food waste like I do, it’s definitely a term you should know.

Sustainable urbanization is so intimately tied to food waste that you can’t talk about one without the other. If we don’t get it right, we might miss the most sustainable opportunity to feed our growing planet. In fact, getting the food we already grow and produce today onto people’s plates instead of the one-third or more that’s lost or thrown away could feed everyone that suffers from hunger.
What Happens as Urbanization Continues at an Historic Pace?
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The $1 Trillion Mountain: The Actual Cost of Food Waste

Posted on August 29, 2016

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Imagine receiving just 60% of your pay. Or when you send email, 40% are never delivered. We don’t tolerate 40% inefficiency in anything, yet we’ve come to accept it with the major resource that sustains the human race: our food.

One-third or more of food never makes it from the farm to our fork. The food is lost to waste or spoilage. At the same time nearly one billion people go to bed hungry every night.
The $1 Trillion Mountain
Setting societal and environmental issues aside for a moment, the...

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Sleeping Giant of Climate Change (Hint: It’s Before Your Eyes)

Posted on August 2, 2016

Food waste at the Hong Kong Food Distribution Center (photo by John M. Mandyck)

Food waste at the Hong Kong Food Distribution Center (photo by John M. Mandyck)

This post originally appeared on my new blog on The Huffington Post. Check it out here, and look for more blog posts soon! 

One-third or more of all the global food produced never makes it from the farm to our fork. In fact, if measured as a country, food waste would be the third largest for greenhouse gas emissions, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization which revised upward its estimated carbon footprint of food waste to a ...

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114 Years of Cool Air and Cool Innovation

Posted on July 21, 2016

This week we celebrate the 114th anniversary of “cool” just as a major heat wave settles over the United States and experts predict record warmth on a global basis for the year.

On July 17, 1902, Willis Carrier invented modern air conditioning to help solve a production problem at the Sackett & Wilhelms printing plant in Brooklyn, New York. Once Carrier identified the way to reduce the dew point and lower the temperature via his new “cooling machine,” the heat and humidity no longer wreaked havoc on the printer’s supply of paper and ink.

From that first installation, which effectively helped avoid waste and preserve resources, to today’s modern and energy-efficient systems, sustainability has consistently...

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The Powerful Role of Aviation in Sustainable Urbanization

Posted on July 5, 2016

This post originally appeared on TriplePundit.com.

Urbanization is a 21st-century megatrend impacting the future of aviation.

In 2007, for the first time in human history, more people around the world lived in cities and towns than in rural areas. The United Nations forecasts the addition of 2.5 billion more city dwellers by 2050, meaning two out of every three human beings will live in an urban area.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has captured the impact of this growth, saying “Urbanization is a driving force, as well as a source of development.  It has the...

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Celebrating Unsung Heroes of the Green Building Movement

Posted on June 30, 2016

Last week, I had the pleasure of opening the “Oscars” of green building – the fifth annual EBie Awards. This special event, hosted by the Urban Green Council, of which I am honored to chair the board of directors, celebrates the best in existing buildings (that’s the “EB” in the award name) and the remarkable achievements of the sustainability leaders in the retrofit sector.

At UTC, we’ve been pleased to sponsor the EBie Awards from the start. In addition to new green construction, green retrofits are a large part of the green building movement, ensuring more sustainable cities for the future. In fact,...

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#TBT: SustainabilityView from Beijing and Singapore

Posted on June 23, 2016

Last week I packed my bags and headed to our 28th and 29th Distinguished Sustainability Lecture Series events in Beijing and Singapore. I had a great trip and enjoyed the opportunity to speak with many green building enthusiasts and sustainability thought leaders. Our special guest speaker, Dr. Joseph Allen, principal investigator of The COGfx Study, created quite a bit of buzz over the groundbreaking results from the study. This doesn’t quite surprise me because I believe these results have the potential to truly accelerate the green building movement, particularly in China and Singapore.

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Packing My Bags for Beijing & Singapore

Posted on June 10, 2016

 

Our Distinguished Sustainability Lecture Series has reached 3,200 attendees through 27 events in 17 cities across 13 countries. These numbers will grow next week as we kickoff this year’s first Lecture Series events in Beijing and Singapore. I’ll be joined by special guest Dr. Joseph Allen from Harvard, principal investigator of The COGfx Study.

Our first stop is Beijing, China – which is a fitting location to...

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Sustainable Brands: #TheGreenEngine

Posted on June 8, 2016

I spent yesterday at the Sustainable Brands conference in San Diego. This year’s theme is “Activating Purpose” and the passion for sustainability from some of the world’s largest global brands was invigorating.

UTC hosted its own special guest at the conference this year, the “green engine,” and a rather quiet guest I might add. But don’t let its quiet nature fool you; the Pratt & Whitney geared turbofan engine is cleaner, greener and quieter than anything in its class available on the market today. This is the “green engine” that changes everything.

Check out below for my day at the conference in pictures, and I’d love to see yours too...

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Guest Blog: Green Building Council of Australia Chief Executive Officer Romilly Madew on A New Decade of Disruption

Posted on June 2, 2016

This Sunday is World Environment Day, which the United Nations calls its “principal vehicle” for encouraging awareness and action for the environment. It’s clear that it’s important for the world to work together in many ways to ensure a sustainable future. Aviation, buildings and food are three key areas in which our future planet will be defined as population grows. For this reason, I could think of no better way to celebrate World Environment Day than with a guest blog by Romilly Madew,...

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