Kai Olson-Sawyer works on the food-water-energy nexus, water footprinting and surface and groundwater resource protection and management. Kai produces and writes reports, and creates multimedia content and is a regular contributor to GRACE's Ecocentric blog. His work has been published in Huffington Post, Civil Eats, Grist, EcoWatch and AlterNet. Prior to GRACE, Kai was a Programs Assistant and Assistant Editor at the World Forestry Center in Portland, Oregon and was a Researcher with NYC Apollo Alliance. Kai received an MA in Sociology with an environmental focus from The New School for Social Research, and a BA in English from Earlham College. He holds the Water Footprint Network's "Certificate of the Global Water Footprint Standard." His body is composed of 60 percent water.
It's World Water Week and we're happy to report that this year's theme is "Water and Energy." Have a look at our curated list of recent posts that help to illustrate just a few examples of how water and energy are connected, and what that means for all of us.
The toxic algae bloom in Lake Erie that forced Toledo, Ohio authorities to cut drinking water to 400,000 people has subsided, but a major cause of pollution - agricultural runoff - has not. The USDA has taken note and is providing funding and technical support to help farmers reduce pollution.
Pop quiz: Why does your iced coffee habit cost so much more this hot summer? Turns out that there's a whole lot of stuff (and effort) that goes into making that cold cup of joe. Read on for the reasons behind those jacked up prices.
While hanging out in the yard can be carefree summer fun, saving water is serious business, especially as a devastating drought continues in the southwest US. But with these tips, conserving water doesn't have to be a drag.
What happens to the residents in southwestern Pennsylvania's biggest coalfields when fracking comes to town? Ask Patrick Grenter and Veronica Coptis of the Center for Coalfield Justice to find out about their fight for local communities against the problems caused by the fossil industry in this Our Heroes installment.
The 2014 World Cup has been a great success as the finals draw near. Although knocked out earlier, the United States has few if any peers in the World Cup of large "environmental footprints." The problem is, winning that Cup is no triumph.
The 2014 River Rally in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania went swimmingly. But as one panel asked, how quickly can the United States end the process that allows hundreds of aging power plants from sucking up enormous amounts of water that kill billions of fish annually? Not as quickly as they - or the fish - would like.
This Earth Day, the Ecocentric team is celebrating by sharing our favorite eco-friendly tips and tricks! Whether you're an old hand at ninja energy efficiency tactics or setting up your first apartment, hopefully you'll find, as we did, that there's always more to pick up by way of sustainable living.
The long-awaited Clean Water Act draft rules were released in a document known as the "Waters of the United States," marking one of the most substantial steps towards improved US water quality in years. One problem though: Some industries think it is governmental overreach.
We here at Ecocentric love water. (How could you not?) We also love energy. On World Water Day 2014, when the theme of water and energy come together, it's double love.
While forecasting future rainfall is a shaky business, a turn towards California's hydrological history might be useful to understand the possible climate and water availability scenarios the state might encounter.
The industrial chemical spill that fouled Charleston, West Virginia's waterways is serious, and Ecocentric provides a rundown of the developing story, a collection of peoples' experiences as shared via social media and other ways to follow its aftermath.
Requiring about 5 million gallons of fluid (mostly water) per well, it's clear that the water intensity of Marcellus Shale gas is more significant than first thought and likely compels more oversight of the oil and gas industry and its water use.
Every holiday season presents an overwhelming array of decisions, conundrums and opportunities for fun. Here are some good ones (we think) you might find interesting as we embark on The Most Wonderful Time of the Year. If nothing else, they're great conversation fodder!
This year, a "late" US Thanksgiving coincides merrily with an early Hanukkah for the first time since 1888. Here are some sustainable travel tips from the Ecocentric team to help you enjoy traveling to spend the holidays with your nearest and dearest.
Happy America Recycles Day! But wait, there's more! It's also National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day. (Seriously!) In honor of these beloved occasions, and because we care about your sustainability, behold Ecocentric's greatest hits on recycling, food waste and more!