How to Green a Burrito or Fresh-Mex Restaurant: Top 10 Sustainable Strategies

Want to green your Fresh-Mex or burrito place?  There are some sustainable strategies unique to both restaurants in general and those which serve cuisine like burritos, tacos, and nachos.  Here are the top 10: Organi-fy your staples. Beans and rice are a staple on most Mexican/Fresh-Mex menus, and represent the grand majority of the calories you’ll be delivering. The great news is that this is an easy thing to get organic without breaking the bank. At our local food co-op,…

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Closed-loop Hydroponics: The Urban Answer to Agrihoods

    In the history of urban planning, one of the hallmarks of American society was the advent of the modern suburb. The economic expansion post-World War II saw a mass exodus from traditional urban areas to the seemingly endless expanse of land in the continental US. Neither urban nor rural, suburbs quickly became the new American normal. With the new suburb came a new order to how transportation, schools, communities, housing, and of course, how food distribution was structured. According to the past two…

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Urban Metabolism and Re-Nuble

In the three years since I founded my own company, I have learned that linkages are borne out of the unlikeliest of places. Five years ago, I was sitting with my colleague, Ranjith Annepu, discussing an idea Karl Marx first introduced – urban metabolism. Urban metabolism studies cities as if they were organisms, which exchange materials and energy from their surroundings to sustain life. This concept, was inspiring to both Ranjith and I because a majority of the human population…

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California Drought Presents Water Innovation Opportunities

The catastrophic drought in California, one of the richest regions of the world, is a crisis for householders, farmers and industry, but it could prove to be a great spur for water innovation. “There is a tide in the affairs of men, which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune,” Shakespeare wrote in Julius Caesar, Act IV. It is drought and not flood which is making the headlines in California at the moment, but the US state’s water woes…

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Flotation Centers: Water-Wasting Trend or Eco-Opportunity?

One can rarely predict the market. Whoever plays the entrepreneurs’ game is usually running a gamble and it’s at an expensive cost when you consider what’s at stake. Some of the biggest environmental tragedies of the last twenty years involve risky actions of oil companies that have caused irreparable damage to some of the areas that tourists once traveled hundreds of miles to see. What’s to be done when the almighty dollar controls so much of what we do? The…

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