Master Recycler recognized in Washington DC
Food requires an enormous amount of resources and energy to grow, manufacture and transport, and yet Americans waste 30% of the food they purchase. Steve Cohen, Food Policy Coordinator for the City of Portland says, “Imagine if people purchased three bags of groceries and left one sitting out in the parking lot. That is basically what the average American is doing with their groceries, except it happens at home.”
Local government, businesses, communities and households will all need to take part in tackling climate change. People are finding that making changes can be a positive experience. Folks are shifting their priorities – elevating experiences over things –enjoying better memories, healthier lifestyles, and stronger relationships. The kitchen is a very satisfying place to get started.
Here are 10 actions Portlanders are taking to Get More of the Good Stuff in the kitchen. They are ranked based on their environmental impacts - starting with the highest climate change impact to the lowest.