It’s an ambitious policy, but one that Vermont lawmakers believe the state must take to achieve its goal of diverting 50% of all waste from landfills to facilities where it can be composted, recycled, or reused. That target has been in place for more than a decade, says Josh Kelly, materials management section chief with the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, yet the best they’d been able to do was reduce waste by about 36%. “The only way you can really bring that down is by focusing on the food waste issue,” he says. … [Read more...] about Vermont just banned food waste in trash. Here’s how it works
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The project started several years ago, when Fathom principal Ben Fry happened to create a map of the roads in Pennsylvania. “Seeing the Appalachian mountains emerge in the eastern half of the state, he later made a version that included the lower 48 states,” says Terrance Fradet, a designer at Fathom. “The geographic features that emerged from just showing streets were so striking.” … [Read more...] about These Beautiful Maps Show How Much Of The U.S. Is Paved Over
“We really encourage communities to take a look at what is going on right where they are, and then to look at the whole set of factors,” Catlin says. “Then folks begin to find out [things] and share stories with other places. The rankings are all about showing where we live matters to our health.” … [Read more...] about The Health Profile Of Every County In America, Mapped
A surprisingly big chunk of the U.S.–an area almost as big as Montana, or 91 million acres–is covered in corn. As a research fellow studying corn as a commodity crop, Michael Pecirno mapped out all of the cornfields in the country, and that led him to expand the project: a series of minimalist maps that each looks at a single subject. … [Read more...] about Beautiful Maps Of All The Trees, Sprawl, and Corn In the U.S.
That’s a familiar theme for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which emphasizes how communities can create a “culture of health” around public services and community support. It also funded these recent multi-factor County Health rankings. … [Read more...] about 10 Maps That Show The Enormous Health Differences In U.S. Cities