How-To Guides

Learn how to reduce food waste, save money on groceries, and help the environment
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Nearly a third of food is wasted at the household level and that eats into our own finances while damaging the environment. How can we fix this?

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Planet Forward Assistant Editor
Former Planet Forward Correspondent and 2017 Storyfest Winner Sydney Greene shared her experience for graduates starting their careers in uncertain times.

For the physical component of my Senior Capstone Project, I designed a field guide booklet that provides designers with a basic understanding surrounding sustainability as well as outlines ways designers can advocate for sustainable solutions within their own projects.

George Washington University
There's much to unpack within the sustainability movement of design, and it’s becoming increasingly important for designers to open dialogues surrounding what role they play in this movement.
Eckerd College
A short film about the importance of the journey of compost at Eckerd College.

The Potomac River passes through Maryland, Virginia, D.C., and West Virginia (smartmdblonde/Creative Commons).

The George Washington University
Rivers and their tributaries provide an invaluable resource to humans, supplying drinking water, transportation, and recreation. Since natural resources like water and land can't speak for themselves, how do we advocate for their conservation? With... Read More

Local produce from CSA (community-supported agriculture) farms in Lancaster County, Pa., is sold in weekly farmers market hosted at Franklin & Marshall College's Center for the Sustainable Environment. (Photos by Max Sano/Franklin & Marshall)

Planet Forward Correspondent | Franklin & Marshall College
If you want to get more involved with green activism but don't know where to start, then this a must-read!
SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry
These wanted posters will be used to target specific populations in the affected areas to encourage public participation in invasive species surveying & management.
Overflowing dumpsters

Here's an unpopular, but environmentally friendly habit that can prevent food waste and reduce the amount of waste that heads to the landfill: Dumpster diving. And, surprise! You might also make some money doing it. (Photos by Peter Jurich/University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Planet Forward Senior Correspondent | University of Wisconsin-Madison
My partner and I have been dumpster diving for a little over a year now. It sounds gross — and it certainly can be — but we've found mostly benefits to this uncommon practice.

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Planet Forward Senior Correspondent | GW Law School
People choose not to compost for a variety of reasons, however we have tried to rebut all the major arguments against composting to show you how easy and impactful composting is.
Pittsburgh skyline

The Society of Environmental Journalists met in Pittsburgh over the weekend to discuss successful journalism practices (Photo by Matilda Kreider).

George Washington University
Matilda Kreider traveled to Pittsburgh to learn how to report on environmental issues from environmental journalists, scientists, policy-makers and advocates.

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