Recycling & Upcycling

Lonnie Holley
Lonnie Holley
Middlebury College
This environmentally focused artist, based in Atlanta, Georgia, creates art as a form of remembrance and interaction with the environment.
SUNY-ESF
Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency (OCCRA) in Syracuse, New York, has a recycling and composting program that's pretty unique.
George Washington University
Waste is cluttering our world, but some countries are trying to turn this around.
George Washington University
The Compost Pedallers in Austin, Texas, started a creative initiative in 2012 that has helped increase awareness about composting, while lessening their city's carbon footprint and making it greener.
George Washington University
The next best thing to using no plastic is making plastic useful.
The George Washington University
Automated return systems have the potential to drastically improve the world's recycling rate.
George Washington University
Maryland-based organization Bikes for the World diverts thousands of bicycles annually from the U.S. waste stream. 
What's in your trash?
What's in your trash?
Columbia University
A close-up of what makes up our trash, and how we can create less of it.
Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi

Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi live in symbiosis with plant roots and are able to store up to 70 percent of organic carbon from leaf litter. (Mark Perkins/Flickr)

Assignment Editor, Planet Forward
In many cases microbes are already helping the planet in underrated ways. Technological developments and advanced genetic engineering make microbiological innovation a major player in climate change mitigation.
Sustainable consumerism

One man's trash; another man's treasure. The movement to reclaim urban space in New York City inspired communities to start recycling, sourcing their food locally, reusing and re-purposing their waste and the "garbage" of others. (Shandra Furtado/Planet Forward)

The George Washington University
Today we see a lot of differences between rural and urban communities, which distract us from environmental issues, but why not examine the common sustainable ingenuity arising out of the simple will to survive anywhere?

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