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How to Keep On Supporting the #NoFoodWasted Movement

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Thanks to everyone who participated in our Earth Week #NoFoodWasted campaign (and everyone who’s interested in the issue now)! It’s a big issue, but we believe that together we can turn things around – especially when there are so many resources to help all of us take easy steps at home and in our communities. Below, you’ll find some great blog posts about reducing food waste – and even though many of the titles sound the same, you should totally read each one. Each of these bloggers has unique experiences and advice to share. Also, after the list of tips from bloggers, you’ll find links to food waste fighters that could use your support. Bookmark this page because you’re going to want to refer to it regularly on your #NoFoodWasted journey!

Advice from awesome bloggers:

Resources for your on-going food waste fight:

 

Have any food waste reduction resources you’d like to share? Let us know on Twitter or Facebook!

 

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Comcast Cares Day

NBCUniversal employees, family members, friends, and community partners volunteered for this year’s 14th annual Comcast Cares Day at more than 750 projects nationwide and in more than a dozen countries. Projects took place from April 18 through April 30.

In New York, more than 200 volunteers gathered at Morningside Park. Together, we revitalized 17 acres with mulching, weeding, and planting. Additionally, our team painted a handball court and 800 feet of fence. Today in New York anchor Michael Gargiulo and meteorologist Chris Cimino were among those who joined in the fun, sporting Green Comcast Cares Day t-shirts and getting in the dirt.

Comcast Cares Day began in 2001 with 6,100 volunteers improving 110 project sites, and is a celebration of our company’s year-round commitment to service—a tradition that has grown into the largest single-day corporate volunteer event in the country.

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3 Easy #NoFoodWasted Recipes

For Earth Week, NBC New York shows us three easy #NoFoodWasted recipes that you can make in minutes. Watch and enjoy!

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#NoFoodWasted: This Earth Week, Help Reduce Food Waste!

Forty percent of food in the United States ends up in landfills. And a family of four spends more than $2,000 a year on food they never eat.

This Earth Week, Green is Universal is raising awareness about food waste, and we’d love your help! Here’s how you can get involved:

Watch and share our #NoFoodWasted video…

…and infographic.

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Post your #NoFoodWasted photos on Instagram—and see them here, on greenisuniversal.com, and many NBCUniversal sites.

Participate in our Earth Week Twitter Party! (Be sure to follow @GreenIsUni!)

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Tune in to Just Eat It, A Food Waste Story, on April 22, at 10 p.m. on msnbc.

Sample a #NoFoodWasted item from a food truck near you. Learn more here.

Together, our small actions make a big difference. Happy Earth Week!

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#NoFoodWasted Twitter Party: April 20, 9 PM ET

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Did you know the average person wastes 244 pounds of food each year? That’s roughly the same weight as a refrigerator! Join us this Earth Week as we raise our collective voices to increase awareness about this issue and encourage people to take action to reduce food waste. We’re kicking off the week with a Twitter Party on Monday, April 20, at 9 pm ET. We hope you’ll join us!

Follow the hashtag #NoFoodWasted to learn more about the issue and how to reduce food waste – and share your food waste photos all week on Twitter and Instagram!

Check out the amazing group of panelists we’ll have at the party!

Food Waste Fighters:

And an awesome group of eco-bloggers:

@HippyHomemak3r

@TheGreenParent

@happymomblogger

@NaturalmentMama

@GrownandHealthy

@Cre8iveRecycle

@FreshGreenKim

@RobinElton

@RetroHousewife5

@TheGreenDivas

@MamaPapaBarn

@HealthyFlamingo

@DriftwoodGarden

@MyGreenSide

@TheEcoChic

@TheHealthyApple

@MindfulMomma

@KatePiscopNCTMB

@greenforu

@GDGreenDude

@RadioGDGD

@GreenDivaLynn

@GreenDivaMeg

@MyEARTH360

@GVK_Kristin

@JKranowitz

@askthefarmers

@foodchat

@stepheubanks.

And the list is still growing! This is going to be a super-fun and educational event, so we hope you’ll join us!

WHEN: Monday, April 20, at 9 pm ET

WHERE: Anyone can join in by following the hashtag #NoFoodWasted on Twitter or on one of these platforms made specially for joining and chatting in a Twitter Party: TweetChat or Twubs.

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Participate in Earth Hour!

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Imagine if one night a year people in cities, towns, and homes across the entire world would turn off their lights for one hour to celebrate the one thing we all have in common: Earth. Pretty cool concept, huh?

No need to imagine any further; it exists! Earth Hour began in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2.2 million people and over 2,000 businesses turned off their lights for one hour to take a stand against climate change. Just a few years later Earth Hour has become the largest global sustainability movement—with over 4,000 cities across approximately 162 countries participating. These special 60 minutes enable global citizens to come together and raise awareness about the climate change affecting all of our lives.

Join energy savers around the world on March 28, 2015 from 8:30 to 9:30pm (in your local time zone) and click off the switch. You may celebrate by simply turning off your lights at home at the appointed time, or make an event of it and host an Earth Hour party with friends and family. You might want to stock the house with eco-friendly candles. Or take part in the hundreds of Earth Hour events taking place around the world.

Of course, you don’t have to wait until the appointed day. You can make your own Earth Hour daily by turning off lights when you aren’t in the room and by unplugging electronics to prevent phantom energy draw. These energy-saving hours add up; don’t be surprised if you save some cash on your next bill! Learn more and get involved in taking small steps that have a big impact by signing up for One Small Act.

Curious how others celebrate Earth Hour? Check out some of our favorite bloggers’ experiences and recommendations:

  • Living Consciously reminds us to not only turn off our devices, but to also pull the “vampire” charges out of the walls.
  • Groovy Green Livin’ has ideas for how to spend the hour, like having a candlelit dinner or taking a walk.
  • Mommy Greenest admits she often forgets about Earth Hour, but reminds us that you can do your part in honor of Earth Hour any hour (and hopefully many!) during the year.
  • Green4U has a slew of ideas for celebrating – like organizing a block party to spread the word AND get to know your neighbors!
  • Jen and Joey Go Green have great ideas for taking Earth Hour beyond a simple 60 minutes.
  • Green Child Magazine shares how Earth Hour can be a family event.
  • Diane from Turning the Clock Back encourages those who feel going green is too hard to take the first step by simply celebrating Earth Hour.
  • Climate Mama says Earth Hour is a great opportunity to begin your family’s “spring into action” plan, to make our planet a safer and more sustainable place.
  • Laura from The Soft Landing writes about setting a good example for your kids and using Earth Hour to teach them about the importance of protecting the planet.
  • Diana from the Big Green Purse has a bunch of tips for reducing energy use beyond Earth Hour and invites everyone to Join the global #EarthHour #yourpower conversation on Facebook and Twitter by posting photos of how you’re spending the hour. (Make sure your devices are charged up in advance, so you can truly unplug for the event!)

(Photo by © WWF Australia via Earth Hour)

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Thanks for Helping Us #ShareATree!

Since 2009, Green is Universal and the Arbor Day Foundation have partnered to give a gift to the environment—with your help. When you #ShareATree, you share a tree planted by the Arbor Day Foundation.

For 2014, we asked talent from our brands to draw trees. Then, we showcased them in a virtual forest, and asked you to share their trees or decorate your own.

Thanks to all of your shares, Green is Universal has donated $25,000 to the Arbor Day Foundation.

The campaign is now over, but check out the trees from our talent:

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Andy Cohen, Watch What Happens Live
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Carl Quintanilla, Squawk on the Street
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Jim Cramer, Mad Money
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Sharon Epperson
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Maria Menounos, Untold
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Ross Mathews
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Spike Feresten, Car Matchmaker
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Jose Diaz-Balart, The Rundown
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Yarel Ramos, Reventón
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Al Roker, TODAY
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Alison Sweeney, The Biggest Loser, Days of Our Lives
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Bob Harper, The Biggest Loser
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Dolvett Quince, The Biggest Loser
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Benjamin Stockham, About a Boy
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Galen Gering, Days of Our Lives
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Kristian Alfonso, Days of Our Lives
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Lauren Koslow, Days of Our Lives
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Rebecca Lowe
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Deitrick Haddon, Fix My Choir
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Michelle Williams, Fix My Choir
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Kaitlin Becker, The Sunny Side Up Show
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Ian Ziering, Sharknado
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Julie Benz, Defiance
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Vanessa Hauc, Noticiero Telemundo
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Sam Champion, America’s Morning Headquarters
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Jerry Springer, The Jerry Springer Show
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Steve Wilkos, The Steve Wilkos Show
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Billy Bush, Access Hollywood
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Liz Hernandez, Access Hollywood
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Kit Hoover, Access Hollywood Live
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Mark Feuerstein, Royal Pains
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Enter the Eco Eats Sweepstakes, Win a NatureBox Subscription!

Green is Universal will be hosting a fun, three-week “Eco Eats” sweepstakes from September 29 – October 17!

To join, visit our free green-living tool, One Small Act, and join the “Eco Eats” challenge. Everyone who signs-up and tackles at least one action by October 17th will be entered to win one of five 6-month subscriptions to NatureBox.

Interested? Get started on One Small Act today, and enter the Eco Eats challenge on September 29!* Read official rules here.

*Eco Eats will not be live until September 29.

 

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Refer Friends to One Small Act, Win Prizes!

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Green is Universal’s free One Small Act platform helps you green your life by providing little actions that have a big impact on the environment.

Right now, we’re giving away green goodies to our One Small Act users who invite friends to join. If you’re not already a user, simply sign up and start referring friends!

  • If one friend joins, you get a Green is Universal t-shirt.
  • If two friends join, you get a glass water bottle.
  • If three friends join, you get an umbrella.

Plus, all your friends will receive a Green is Universal reusable bag!

Start referring your friends, now!

Giveaway runs through November 21, 2014. Prizes will be sent after that. See terms and conditions here.

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Thanks for Celebrating Earth Week with Us!

During Earth Week, you answered our call to turn off the lights while watching TV or using mobile devices—we received more than 122,000 pledges in just a few days! Plus, we relaxed and recharged with you in Orlando, and partied together at the Lights Off. Screens On. Music Fest at Universal CityWalk Hollywood.

Check out highlights from the week here:

Though Earth Week is over, you can continue to save energy by keeping the lights off when your screens are on.

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