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Sustainability and Shrinking Carbon Footprints

Posted Wednesday, September 19, 2007

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Here's a scary statistic: Americans generated more than 245 million tons of garbage in 2005. Probably about the same amount last year, too. How did we do it? Well, at about five or six pounds per day, from every one of us. In honor of--or response to--this growing problem, Marketplace's Tess Vigeland is spending this week and next week carrying her trash around with her. She says it's a chance to shine a small light on how much we all consume and dispose of, and maybe get down to zero waste by the end of two weeks. Tess will join us on the program as will some locals who are doing what they can to make the future sustainable. We'll talk about small steps to sustainability, and you're invited to join us. Wednesday morning at nine.


Arts and Culture, Environment, Community/Human Interest, Energy


Tess Vigeland, Host, Marketplace Money
David Beach, Executive Director, EcoCity Cleveland
Darwin Kelsey, Executive Director, Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Conservancy
Heather Walters, Basket of Life Farm
Cheryl Nachamen, Chair, Regional Farm and Food Project, Albany, NY
Jill Adams, 100 Mile Dieter
Chuck Ackerman, local sustainability advocate

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