Kai Olson-Sawyer is a Senior Research and Policy Analyst in the GRACE Water and Energy Programs. Prior to joining GRACE, Kai was employed at the World Forestry Center in Portland, Oregon and researched with NYC Apollo Alliance. Kai received a Masters in sociology with an environmental focus from The New School for Social Research, and a B.A. from Earlham College. He holds the Water Footprint Network Certificate of the Global Water Footprint Standard. His body is composed of 60 percent water.
To get the scoop on the anti-fracking documentary sequel, Gasland Part II, listen to Ecocentric blog perspectives in this roundtable EcoChat podcast. Topics include the highly anticipated film's position in the fracking debate and its potential impact on the anti-fracking movement.
What has Ecocentric Blog had to say about climate change over the past couple of years, and the people who are trying to make a difference today? For this Earth Day 2013, here are eight archival posts from our unique food, water and energy perspective.
What is the 21st century outlook for the world's freshwater future? Some expect a dystopian future of drought, pollution, water and food shortages and, ultimately, "water wars" among nations. But World Water Day reminds us that cooperation might be more likely.
What do we know about the giant food companies' social and environmental practices even as they produce so many of the familiar food products we buy and eat every day? According to Oxfam's "Behind the Brands" campaign, we don't know enough, and what we do know is a bit troubling.
We Ecocentric bloggers were dismayed when the New York Times closed the Green blog because most mornings began with a visit there as we produced our curated Eco News. If the Green blog and environmental reporting aren't deemed essential at the Times, then what is?
With all this awards season excitement, the question on our lips at Ecocentric is: Who won the Exemplary Programs that Save Both Energy and Water Awards? (And should we call them "The Exemplies" for short?)
Giving the perfect gift can be difficult, even more so if you're looking for something that’s good for your recipient, your community and our planet. To help you out, here are some ideas for greener gifts sure to please everyone on your list!
While supervising a recycling and waste disposal program, Wayne Koeckeritz was so bothered by all the food waste destined for the landfill that he did something about it. He quit his job as a facility manager of a luxury hotel, bought a used garbage truck and set out to turn food trash into compost treasure with his hauling company, Food Waste Disposal.
Despite all the oil and gas industry rhetoric this presidential campaign year, there can be serious health and environmental impacts associated with fossil fuel extraction. Just ask farmer, John Peters, whose hay fields were ruined by gas drilling wastewater.
This year, Blog Action Day focuses on "The Power of We," to celebrate people working together "to make a positive difference." So check out some of our favorite people & organizations helping our food, energy & water systems!