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Coming up on Environmental Connections: Friday, March 29, 2024

Pictured is a baby in a grocery cart. Behind him are a bunch of apples, lemons, tomatoes, and limes. When it comes to choosing foods for climate change, what has the lowest ecological footprint?
Max Schulte
When it comes to choosing foods for climate change, what has the lowest ecological footprint?

First Hour: Don’t throw that out! Inside the re-use movement

Second Hour: Eating for the planet: simple shifts for major impact

Today on Environmental Connections — a monthly series hosted by Jasmin Singer that covers climate-related issues affecting you — we delve into the transformative power of the reuse movement, exploring how innovative community initiatives and individual actions can significantly reduce waste and foster a more sustainable living environment. Learn how community repair shops and sharing centers are making a significant impact by transforming our disposable culture. Our in-studio guests:

  • Jacob Fox, the sustainability officer for the Town & City of Geneva, who will share insights on how municipal programs and policies are supporting reuse initiatives and inspiring community participation in sustainability efforts.
  • Mary Jo Garofoli, a top contributor to one of Rochester’s Buy Nothing groups, a platform that creates a sustainable and neighborly way to divert unwanted items from landfills. 
  • Kimberly DePrez, Executive Director of Greenovation, which helps people in Rochester reuse things and keep them out of the landfill.

Then, in our second hour of Environmental Connections, we shift our focus to the significant role our food selections play in environmental health, emphasizing the benefits of diversifying our diets with more sustainable options and the advancements in food technology for a greener future. Ever wonder what simple change you can make to your diet for the biggest environmental impact? In this hour, we’ll find out. Our guests:

  • Nate Salpeter, from climate sanctuary Sweet Farm, will talk about blending agriculture, technology, and sustainability to foster innovative farming practices that benefit the environment.
  • Ted Barnett, MD, Founder and President of Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Institute, is board-certified in diagnostic radiology, vascular and interventional radiology, and lifestyle medicine.
  • Olivia Auclair (joining remotely), author of a pivotal study on the environmental impacts of red meat consumption, will offer insights on how modest dietary shifts can drastically reduce our carbon footprint and promote global health.
  • Jenny Jay (joining remotely), UCLA Professor and creator of "Meals for the Planet,” which calculates the carbon costs of meals.
Jasmin Singer is the host of WXXI’s Weekend Edition and Environmental Connections, as well as a guest host for Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Connections.