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Jennifer Grayson writes the Innovation Earth column at the Huffington Post. Prior to that, she penned the site's regular green advice column (Eco Etiquette) for three years. She also founded the former green political blog The Red, White and Green and is regularly featured by media outlets including MSNBC, BiteSizeTV, WGN, McClatchy, KPCC, PRN and Americablog. Her writing has appeared in USA Today, The Washington Post, Natural Health, American Baby, Wend Magazine, the Healthy Child Healthy World site and two Maggie Award–winning technology publications. She lives in LA with her husband and two young children.

Entries by Jennifer Grayson

Innovation Earth: A Very Low-Tech Way To Stop Water-Wasters

(4) Comments | Posted November 19, 2014 | 11:55 AM

I live in California, where we're now entering our fourth consecutive year of a drought so severe you can see it from space. But every morning when I go for a run around my neighborhood in central Los Angeles, I'm struck by the pervasiveness of the drought denial:...

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Innovation Earth: The Next Green Tech Town

(2) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 10:35 AM

More than 300,000 people may have marched in Manhattan last month for a worldwide climate call-to-arms, but evidently we can't even get it together at the statewide -- let alone national -- let alone global level. A study released last week by the Georgetown Climate Center...

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Innovation Earth: Can the Massachusetts Food Waste Ban End Hunger?

(1) Comments | Posted October 1, 2014 | 11:03 AM

When I first started writing this column, I envisioned covering breakthroughs that could enable us to live sustainably on a world inhabited by 7 billion people and rapidly counting. The population predictions then were pointing toward perhaps 10 billion people by century's end, and that seemed an unfathomable...

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Innovation Earth: Bringing NASA Technology Back to Earth

(3) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 9:48 AM

Harnessing asteroids. Sending humans to Mars. NASA has laid out some pretty sci-fi sounding plans for the next 20 years of space travel, but a more critical mission -- at least for the sustainability of human life here on earth -- may be the one it launched in...

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Innovation Earth: Will Real Meat Become Obsolete?

(4) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 1:16 PM

Beef. It's collectively what's for dinner. And with chicken and pork and every other kind of meat, it's increasingly what's for breakfast and lunch. Worldwide meat consumption has doubled over the past 20 years, and is expected to double again by 2050.

There will likely be 9 billion...

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Innovation Earth: Hollywood Environmentalist Video Sting -- Who Needs Solutions When You've Got Distraction?

(11) Comments | Posted May 22, 2014 | 3:26 PM

Here's a dose of irony for you: For the past several weeks, I've been working on a story about how cleaner technologies might revolutionize the hydraulic fracturing industry. (Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is the controversial method of drilling and injecting fluid into rock underground at high pressure in order to...

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Innovation Earth: Ed Begley Jr.'s 10,000-Gallon Solution for Drought

(1) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 9:07 AM

As one parched Texas town turns to toilets for drinking water, I wonder what the future holds for us here in California -- in the midst of one of the worst droughts in the state's recorded history. The Sierra Nevada snowpack, which provides one third of California's water,...

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Innovation Earth: This Technology Could Make Red Lights Obsolete And Boost MPG By 30 Percent

(3) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 4:22 PM

Every weekday, I take a six-mile drive through Mid-City Los Angeles to pick up my daughter from preschool. There are no fewer than 20 stoplights along the way, and my trek takes 30 minutes in each direction. But lately, that drive has been taking even longer. Ten minutes into a...

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Innovation Earth: House Made of Textiles Will Use the Energy of a Hair Dryer

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2014 | 2:43 PM

Ask me to show you a sustainable house made of fabric, and I'll show you a tent -- or a yurt. Here where I live in Southern California, "green" homes come in three flavors: concrete, reclaimed wood and corrugated steel. (Or a combination of all three, with a generous amount...

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Innovation Earth: A Rooftop Farm, Coming Soon to Your Supermarket

(3) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 11:09 AM

We Americans, living in the land of fast-food drive-throughs and cardboard tomatoes for some time now, are starting to gain an appreciation for high-quality food. The number of farmers markets in the U.S. has grown by more than 60 percent in the past five years alone....

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Innovation Earth: A Stylish Way to Save 21 Billion Pounds of Textile Waste a Year

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2014 | 1:47 PM

Being an environmentalist with a deep-seated love of fashion is not very fun. I love shiny, pretty things as much as the next girl, but the typical snippets from my thought process upon purchasing a new article of clothing have grown to be all-consuming: that sweatshirt is conventional cotton,

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Innovation Earth: This Is Like Biofeedback for Food Wasters

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2014 | 10:22 AM

On a planet where one in eight people is chronically hungry, it's an almost unimaginable irony: every year, one-third of the world's food supply is wasted.

Here in the U.S., we send 34 million tons of food to the landfill annually, at great...

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Innovation Earth: This Could Be 'The Future Of Urban Transportation'

(1) Comments | Posted January 14, 2014 | 1:30 PM

The number of people living in cities is expected to double in the next 30 to 40 years. By 2050, seven out of every 10 people living on Earth will call themselves an urbanite. So how will we navigate the throng?

If the post-apocalyptic-esque air...

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Innovation Earth: Make 'Home Ecologics' the New Home Ec

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 7:59 AM

"Did you notice anything special about the way I washed the dishes?" I asked my husband, admiring my cleaning-up handiwork following the dinner he had so thoughtfully prepared. (We had switched roles, since usually I cook and he does the dishes; I know, I'm lucky to have such a helpful...

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Innovation Earth: Reinventing The Wheel... Er, Tire

(1) Comments | Posted November 13, 2013 | 12:18 PM

If there's one prediction I can make about our future world, it is this: There will be a lot of tires.

The latest forecast puts 1.7 billion cars on the road by 2035; assuming that three-wheeled-cars like the Elio won't have overtaken the world in...

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Innovation Earth: Green Bus To The Rescue

(1) Comments | Posted October 22, 2013 | 3:06 PM

Next Tuesday, it will have been one year since the monstrous Hurricane Sandy struck the East Coast, killing 117 people in the U.S., destroying thousands of homes and wreaking $65 billion in damage. And while this year's hurricane season has been thankfully quiet so far, it does have...

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Innovation Earth: Innovation, Interrupted

(5) Comments | Posted October 8, 2013 | 1:43 PM

It's now Day 8 of the government shutdown, and a lot of people are hurting: more than 800,000 federal workers sent home without pay (soon-to-be 450,000, with the Department of Defense calling back its furloughed workers); kids with cancer being turned away from their...

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Innovation Earth: Is Zeoform The Plastic Of The Future?

(5) Comments | Posted September 25, 2013 | 1:42 PM

I'm outside on a Sunday afternoon writing this column, so ostensibly I should be enjoying the cloudless blue sky and soft breeze as it whispers through the trees and across my shoulders, but there's something adulterating my little slice of nature: plastic.

The trash and recycling bins by the...

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Innovation Earth: The World As It Could Be

(18) Comments | Posted August 20, 2013 | 11:28 PM

For three years, I wrote the green advice column for this page. As a lifelong environmentalist, penning my previous column, Eco Etiquette, was cathartic, since I had often struggled with ways to get the people in my own life to consider how their actions were harming our world....

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Eco Etiquette: 4 Things I've Learned

(4) Comments | Posted August 23, 2012 | 1:33 AM

Send all your eco-inquiries to Jennifer Grayson at Questions may be edited for length and clarity.

Well, my greenies, Miss Eco Etiquette is going on an extended hiatus to pursue other projects, so this will be the last bit of advice I'll be dispensing for at least the...

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