Kyle Rabin serves as Director of Programs at GRACE. Kyle holds an M.S. in Environmental Science from the State University of New York (SUNY) College of Environmental Science and Forestry and a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Binghamton University. Prior to GRACE, Kyle served as Executive Director at Friends of the Bay (Oyster Bay, NY) and worked as a senior policy analyst and campaign director at Riverkeeper, Inc. He began his work in the environmental arena in 1998 as an air and energy program associate at Environmental Advocates of New York. Kyle and his family live in an energy efficient home, meeting half of their electricity needs with a solar electric system.
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!
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!
How well we manage our food, water and energy systems - in a highly coordinated manner, of course - will determine the long-term sustainability and resilience of our society. You already know this if you take great interest in the food/water/energy nexus approach, because you're what we like to call a "nexus nerd."
The EPA estimates that the annual water requirement for hydraulic fracturing may range from 70 billion to 140 billion gallons (the energy-water nexus in High Definition!). But that's only the start of fracking's water problems!
After 40 years of bureaucratic paralysis and continued decimation of the nation's ecosystems and fisheries, hundreds of the power plants - now 40, 50 or 60 years old - still use antiquated, once-through cooling systems. After missing yet another deadline, will the US EPA ever rein in these plants' massive water use? And what can we do in the meantime?
Recently, GRACE Program Director Kyle Rabin interviewed Dr. Chris Gobler of Stony Brook University. They discussed threats to Long Island's drinking water supply, harmful algal blooms like brown tide and how a local shellfisherman's personal story inspired Chris's path as a scientist and professor.
You're having dinner with your family or friends when the topic of renewable energy comes up. You start to wax emphatic about the many benefits of clean energy when some Gloomy Gus blurts out "But what do we do when the sun isn't shining and the wind isn't blowing?"
The flapping of a butterfly’s wings may or may not have the capacity to trigger a tornado on another continent, but without a doubt, our food, water and energy systems have profound impacts upon each other (and us, and our planet). With that in mind, we're excited to introduce our new GRACE website.
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!