Peter Hanlon is director of GRACE's water and energy programs, where he works on the food-water-energy nexus, power plant water use, renewable energy, coastal and estuarine health and fisheries. Peter writes reports, creates multimedia content and is a regular contributor to GRACE's Ecocentric blog. He has been published in Huffington Post, Civil Eats, Grist, AlterNet and EcoWatch. Prior to GRACE, Peter worked on coastal policy, watershed management, land use planning and public outreach as an Outreach and Policy Coordinator at the Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Program and an Environmental Planner at Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management. Peter received an MA in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island and a BA in Geography from the University of New Hampshire. He sometimes forces himself awake before dawn so he can take a long, groggy subway ride to the beach to surf.
Rarely is the food, water and energy nexus presented as convenient, much less in ways that are easy to understand. But if you strip away all the complex discussions and you're left with this simple idea: A sustainable choice in any one of these three systems is likely to be a sustainable choice for the other two, as well.
A new report found that the oil, natural gas and coal industries increased their political contributions by a jaw-dropping 11,761 percent from 2008 to 2012.
This Earth Day, the Ecocentric team is celebrating by sharing our favorite eco-friendly tips and tricks! Hopefully you'll find, as we did, that there are always more sustainable tips to pick up. Here, tips on growing your own food, solar power-ing your nest and making the most out of your glassware. (Post 2 of 2)
Leslie Moyer is the director of Post Carbon Institute's Energy Reality Campaign. Read Leslie's interview to learn about her work with artists and energy, the undeserved un-sexiness of energy conservation and a particularly mind-blowing uphill car ride.
It sounds strange, but saltwater fish and freshwater resources are closely linked. A new study calculated for the first time just how much freshwater would be needed to replace fish and other marine protein in our diets with protein produced on land.
"Meet the Nexus: How Food, Water and Energy are Connected" is our new guide that shows how making even one good decision about how you use food, water or energy resources can have a positive impact on the others. Even the simple cheese slice you might have had for lunch has a rich story to tell!
Shored Up documents the destructive folly of unchecked coastal development and the unwinnable battle being waged by the nation's coastal communities against rising seas and shifting sands.
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!
The number of solar panel installations has soared since 2000, so who exactly is putting all of those panels on top of their roofs? Turns out that homeowners of all income levels, but particularly the middle class, are pushing the solar revolution.
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!
The nation's power plants withdraw massive amounts of water every day from rivers, lakes, and the ocean, destroying 2 billion fish and 528 billion eggs and larvae each year. It's time for states to put a stop to this needless devastation.
It's taken some time, but the EPA has finally taken a first step towards curbing CO2 emissions from new power plants, particularly coal-fired ones. The reaction from the coal industry has been predictable, so what happens next?
Thinking about going solar? Take a look at a new state-by-state ranking of the best solar states to help you decide whether a set of sleek new solar panels are a good for for your roof... and your wallet.
Corporations around the world have taken a keen interest in the nexus of food, water and energy. In a recent workshop at The Wharton School, business leaders laid out the reasons why these interconnections are so important to their future.
The overreliance of US electricity generation on water has become an increasingly risky and difficult relationship to maintain in an age of weather extremes. The Union of Concerned Scientists has some ideas on what should be done differently to avoid a potentially grim future.