Public Health

Polluted air and rivers have acute local health effects and changing rainfall and temperature patterns cause global disruptions in supplies of food and clean water. Learn what is being done to mitigate the impact.

America is facing enormous social, economic and environmental costs associated with the 20 million vacant housing units and commercial space that is dragging down the national economy. These nonproductive real estate assets (liabilities) burden... Read More
It's the heart of summer, your friends are off catching tans in the tropics, and yet you're stuck in a cold, dark office devoid of sunlight. Human beings are not adapted for such an injurious lighting dynamic. According to the U.S. Green Building... Read More
Minnesota 2020
When over-the-counter prescriptions or the most basic medications expire, an all too common reaction is to flush pills down the toilet. But even modern water treatment facilities aren't equipped to handle such chemicals, and it often ends up in... Read More
The torch has arrived, the athletes have settled into the village, and the opening ceremony has commenced. We're just as excited for the Summer Olympics as you are, but there's a lot more taking place besides the on-field events.
Campfires pollute air so much that animals avoid the retching smells associated with smoke. Smoke interferes with animals' sense of smell for foraging as well as security. There are so many people using fires that animals are already cooped up or... Read More
Sutter Health
People sometimes don't realize just how much potential energy they possess. One great example concerns exercise, and the failure of gyms and health clubs to harness the energy of their patrons. As health club members use exercise machines such as... Read More
World Healing Day
According to a 20 year study by Kaiser Permenente, 70 to 85% of all illness in America is caused by unmanaged stress. Our annual health costs are approaching $3 trillion per year. Mind-body practices such as meditation, yoga, tai chi, and qigong,... Read More
Back to the Roots is committed to transforming one of the largest waste streams in America – the tons of coffee ground waste generated daily- into a highly-demanded, nutritious, and valuable food product: gourmet mushrooms. The Grow-it-at-Home... Read More
UNSW Australia
With 7 billion mouths to feed--and many more to come--how will our cities, economies, health systems and environments cope? What are the challenges and opportunities? Some of UNSW's experts to canvass the big issues surrounding the global... Read More
The State University of New York Upstate Medical University
Upstate Medical University set out to cut 75% of their campus' footprint. They were able to save $1 million over 20 months by re-processing polypropylene "blue wrap" to cut its use by 23%.

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