Robin Madel works on water and waste issues and the food-water-energy nexus. Robin produces reports and multimedia content and is a regular contributor to GRACE's Ecocentric blog. She has been published in Huffington Post, AlterNet and Grist. Prior to GRACE, Robin worked as a Recording Secretary and Research Assistant for the city of Boulder Public Works Water and Transportation Departments and as a Project Manager at Rocky Flats Environmental Technology Site, managing treatability studies and site cleanup projects. Robin received an MS in Environmental Science and Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines, a BS in Civil Engineering and a BA in Geological Sciences - both from the University of Colorado at Boulder and she recently completed a Certificate in Journalism from New York University. She is an avid photographer who increasingly shoots food, water and energy sustainability topics and she's also an actor, so she's usually not too far away from a camera of some sort.
Many Californians are looking at their brown lawns and wondering why all farmers don't make the switch to drip irrigation. That would free up more water for cities, right? Read on for the answers - plus everything you ever wanted to know about farm irrigation, and what it all means for water conservation.
Last month, GRACE released a Spanish version of our Water Footprint Calculator and water saving tips. This is a tremendous opportunity to spread the message about water conservation and efficiency to an audience that often gets ignored in eco-minded efforts.
Love water? Hunting for a new job? You might be able to make a splash with a career in water protection. Our need for water and wastewater management is only going to grow. Whether you're a scientist, an advocate, a writer or an accountant, you'll be needed!
Big Ag's answer to climate change is GMOs, more centralized systems - and irrigation, irrigation, irrigation. We think the answer to building resilience in our food system might be a little closer to home, with innovative agricultural systems like rooftop farming and aquaponics.
America's 44 presidents have dealt with environmental and climate issues since our nation's beginning. From Thomas Jefferson to Barack Obama, here's how they've managed and grown our food, water and energy systems!
Is it possible for a delicacy like caviar to be sustainable? As always, it depends on your definition, but some companies are giving it a try. Let's just say it involves a calm sturgeon and a delicate touch.
When you think about Thanksgiving turkey, what else comes to mind? No, not mashed potatoes and gravy: we're talking about cranberries. Most people either love or hate their sweet-tart flavor. We happen to love cranberries, but once we started looking into the impacts that conventional farming methods have on the environment, our relationship turned a little sour.
If we are what we eat, are we also what we eat eats? If you eat salmon, tuna, shrimp or many other types of farmed fish, then you're eating the fishmeal they eat. And it is not sustainable. Find out why in this post.
Have you ever stared at a menu in a seafood restaurant wondering which fish is okay to order? We have too, so we got some guidance from Marianne Cufone, executive director of the Recirculating Farms Coalition. Marianne also told us what makes the rapidly expanding practice of aquaculture sustainable (or not).
In this week's installment of Our Heroes, we talk with B.J. Cummings, founder of the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition's Technical Advisory Group. Cummings led a public campaign called "River For All" which generated thousands of formal comments on EPA's cleanup plan for the Lower Duwamish River and also garnered more than 43,000 letters written to the City of Seattle.
What does "food" mean to you? A new show about the expansive topic at the Cathedral of St. Join the Divine tackles the diversity of it and delivers it well done. The show, called The Value of Food, runs through April 3, 2016. Read on to learn more about the show.
In this week's installment of Our Heroes, we talk with Laura Rose Day, Executive Director of the Penobscot River Restoration Trust, one of River Network's 2015 River Heroes. Day works to create sustainable sea-run fisheries on the river and oversaw removal of two dams, helping restore the lower Penobscot River to a free running waterway for the first time in nearly 200 years, and affecting nearly 1,000 miles of river.
In this week's installment of Our Heroes, we talk with Jennifer Pitt of the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), one of River Network's 2015 River Heroes. Pitt manages EDF's efforts on the Colorado River to protect and restore the river's delta. In 2014, she helped bring water to the Delta for the first time in five decades.
When the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch program rates a fish as green it's a good thing. When that fish is an invasive species it's even better. Such is the case for the Chesapeake Bay blue catfish, an invasive predator.
During the 1980s there were two kinds of rain that were hard to miss: purple and acid. Back then, Prince ruled the radio just as acid rain dominated the headlines. But is it still a problem? Find out in this post.
When you find yourself in Las Vegas during the sweltering, 108-degree heat of the summer, is there a better way to beat the heat than to head to the sweltering, 125-degree heat of Hoover Dam? That's just what one of our staff members did recently. Check out her photos of the dam and of a rapidly declining Lake Mead.