Robin Madel

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.

''Reducetarians'' Hold Summit to Ask You to Eat Less Meat

"The Reducetarian Solution," Brian Kateman's new book about eating less meat, is a collection of essays about how large-scale, factory-farmed meat production is hard on the planet, bad for health and causes animal suffering. At an upcoming summit, Kateman and other leaders of the reducetarian movement will explore how individuals, organizations, communities and societies can work to decrease meat consumption.

Take the Better Burger Challenge!

Take the Better Burger Challenge when you grill your burgers! Go for an all veggie burger or try a veggie and sustainably raised beef blend. Help make the iconic hamburger into a force for a healthier, more humane and more environmentally responsible food system!

WOTUS and Agriculture: What Happens Next?

What's next for Obama's 2015 Clean Water rule (aka, the Waters of the US rule) - will it be repealed and replaced? Find out what WOTUS actually is and what it entails, how it impacts agriculture and why it's controversial.

What I Learned in Cider Making School

After trying a bunch of hard ciders and learning what they're all about, one of us decided to make her own, because making hard cider is easy, right? Maybe.

Why Better Fish Farming? A New Website Aims to Explain

Recirculating Farms Coalition has just launched Better Fish Farming, a new website about recirculating farms that will help you understand what recirculating farms are, how they work and why they're so great for fish, plants, people and the environment.

Pro-GMO? Or Pro-Right to Know?

The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and its members spent nearly $400 million over the past four years to defeat mandatory GMO labeling laws. Buycott has assembled a list of products from companies that fought against your right to know. Find out if your favorite organic brand is on the list!

The Need for Inclusivity in Urban Agriculture

Urban agriculture comes in many shapes and sizes. It's in cities and suburbs, and it encompasses everything from soil-based community gardens, to warehouses full of hydroponics, to rooftops farms supplying greens to the restaurants below. Inclusivity in urban agriculture will help our food system grow into a healthier and stronger system for all.

Cut Back on Plastic Bags: Make Your City a Bag It Town

We use plastic bags for everything, from carrying our groceries to carrying our lunches to bagging trash, and most of those bags don't get recycled. Instead, they end up littering the environment and harming wildlife. But you can cut back on bag waste. Read on to learn about making your city a Bag It Town.

Is Food Grown Hydroponically Organic? Should it Be?

It's not quite "the Rumble in the Jungle" - more like "the Rumble in the Field." It's the debate over whether or not hydroponic farming and other forms of container growing systems will be permanently allowed into the USDA-certified organic program.

New UN Agriculture Report Offers Little Guidance on Sustainable Eating

Eating sustainably is hard and, from an environmental perspective, nutritional guidelines don't offer any clues as to how sustainable an eating plan might be. However you decide to eat, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) new report about agriculture and climate change gives little guidance on sustainable eating.

Cranberries: Bogged Down in Water and Pollution

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.

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