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16 Ways The Pandemic Recovery Could Be Green

Dean Rachel Kyte tells WBUR what she thinks is the most immediate, actionable thing that could be done to fix the climate crisis.

It is said, “a good crisis is a terrible thing to waste.”

As the world continues to confront the coronavirus pandemic and the deep economic fallout, environmentalists say this is a golden opportunity for a green recovery — using federal funds to avert the next global crisis on the horizon: climate change.

With Congress considering a second multi-trillion-dollar stimulus spending package, WBUR asked local environmental thinkers how they’d use pandemic funding for a green recovery. Here are some of their responses:

Increase Composting

A third of all food today is wasted in the United States — that weighs in at 400 pounds per person per year. That's 8% of global carbon emissions. We can reduce emissions and create badly needed jobs when local governments create diversion mandates and businesses are incentivized to increase composting. With centralized composting for every town and city, from farm to factory to fork, we can reduce waste.

— Rachel Kyte, dean at ThevFletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University