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Customers picking up food bought through the app Flashfood at a grocery store

App Prevents Food Waste—And Gives Customers a Deal on Groceries, Too

Daniel Hautzinger

Food waste is a huge problem that not only deprives hungry people of food but also contributes greenhouse gases. The app Flashfood allows users to buy groceries nearing their sell-by dates from stores at half price, preventing them from being thrown out. 
A Too Good to Go order at Chicago's House of Dim Sum. Photo: Courtesy Too Good to Go

Reducing Food Waste By Redirecting Restaurant Surplus Straight to Consumers at a Reduced Price

Daniel Hautzinger

In a year in Chicago, the app Too Good to Go has redirected around 108,000 meals from landfills by allowing consumers to buy unsold surplus products from restaurants and other food service businesses at a reduced price. 
Illinois Institute of Technology's Kaplan Institute. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Innovative Chicagoland Buildings Striving for Sustainability

Geoffrey Baer

Geoffrey Baer highlights some Chicago buildings addressing climate change by striving for net-zero energy, incorporating renewal energy sources, repurposing existing buildings, and incorporating agriculture, among other things.
A composting bucket

The Widespread Benefits of Composting

Daniel Hautzinger

More than 20% of material sent to the landfill in Chicago by weight is food waste, which decomposes and releases the harmful greenhouse gas methane. Instead, that food waste could benefit the earth by being composted. 
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