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Allen Hershkowitz, Senior Scientist, NYC and throughout the world

Allen Hershkowitz
I am a Senior Scientist at NRDC, specializing in solid waste management, recycling, waste combustion, landfilling, sustainable development, supply chain management, industrial ecology, and the paper industry. I co-founded the Green Sports Alliance, the Broadway Green Alliance and the Environmental Paper Network. I am the principal environmental advisor to numerous professional sports leagues and teams, including Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League, Major League Soccer, the USTA, and I am the environmental advisor to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Oscars telecast, and the Recording Academy’s GRAMMY Awards. Among other committees, I have served on the National Research Council Committee on the Health Effects of Waste Incineration; the EPA's Science Advisory Board Subcommittee on Sludge Incineration; the DuPont Corporation’s Bio-Based Fuels Life Cycle Assessment Advisory Board; and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry's Peer Review Panel for its Report to Congress on the Health Implications of Medical Waste.

Recent Posts

Pro Hockey Releases Sustainability Report

Posted July 21, 2014 by Allen Hershkowitz in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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Today, the National Hockey League released the first Sustainability Report ever issued by a professional sports league. Based on years of data collected from NHL arenas, the NHL’s Sustainability Report represents what is arguably the single most important environmental statement...continued

A New Global Vision for the Paper Industry

Posted June 17, 2014 by Allen Hershkowitz in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Green Enterprise, Living Sustainably, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming

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Ten years ago, with support from a small group of far sighted funders, representatives from 56 national and grassroots environmental organizations joined together in northern California for three days to discuss how we might shift the marketplace away from ecologically...continued

Willie Nelson's America the Beautiful Video Against Mountaintop Removal Mining

Posted March 24, 2014 by Allen Hershkowitz in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Living Sustainably, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming, The Media and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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NRDC released a video yesterday supported by Willie Nelson’s iconic song America the Beautiful which Willie donated for use in order to draw attention to the scourge of mountaintop removal coal mining that continues to ravish Appalachian communities. This...continued

What This Green Super Bowl Signifies

Posted January 31, 2014 by Allen Hershkowitz in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, The Media and the Environment

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In his most recent State of the Union Address President Obama declared that “Climate change is a fact.” While inside the beltway that declaration might have been viewed as a bold pronouncement, a tossing down of the gauntlet to the...continued

Sports Leagues Speak to Congress About Climate Change

Posted November 25, 2013 by Allen Hershkowitz in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming, The Media and the Environment

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Last week, on Thursday, November 21st, senior representatives from four of the most influential professional sports leagues in the United States assembled at a closed door meeting of the Congressional Bicameral Committee on Climate Change. Officials from Major League Baseball,...continued

NASCAR and NRDC Join Forces

Posted September 11, 2013 by Allen Hershkowitz in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming

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Today at a ceremony in Chicago I will be joined by former Vice President Al Gore and General Wesley Clark at the NASCAR Green Summit, where a formal partnership between the Natural Resources Defense Council and NASCAR will be announced....continued

Willie Nelson Against Mountaintop Removal Mining

Posted August 2, 2013 by Allen Hershkowitz in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice

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Willie Nelson opposes mountaintop removal coal mining, and this week NRDC released a video of his iconic song America the Beautiful that was donated by Willie to help draw attention to this extreme form of coal mining. Despite the shift...continued

Sports World Embraces Need for Climate Progress

Posted June 26, 2013 by Allen Hershkowitz in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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As I listened to President Obama present his important plan  to meaningfully reduce the carbon we spew into the atmosphere each day, (and stimulate new jobs in doing so), I was struck by how far along on this issue the...continued

NBA's Green Week Is Unique

Posted April 4, 2013 by Allen Hershkowitz in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming, The Media and the Environment

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The National Basketball Association’s Green Week is globally unique in all of professional sports: No other league or team dedicates an entire week every year to educating tens of millions of fans about the importance of protecting our planet. NBA Green...continued

Backstage at the Oscars: Greening the Event

Posted February 23, 2013 by Allen Hershkowitz in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming

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For the past six years, my colleagues and I at the Natural Resources Defense Council have coordinated the environmental stewardship work at the Academy Awards, this year known simply as “The Oscars.” The work began at the instigation of Laurie...continued

Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig Gets Environmental Award

Posted September 7, 2012 by Allen Hershkowitz in Green Enterprise, Living Sustainably, The Media and the Environment

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Last night, at an on-field Gala dinner at SafeCo Field in Seattle, celebrating the Green Sports Alliance Summit, I was honored to bestow the GSA’s first Environmental Leadership Award on Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig. No one is more...continued

How the Sports Industry is Saving the Environment

Posted September 5, 2012 by Allen Hershkowitz in Green Enterprise, Living Sustainably, The Media and the Environment

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Today NRDC released its report on the sports industry’s embrace of environmental stewardship titled “Game Changer: How the Sports Industry is Saving the Environment.” The 120 page report provides a collection of never-before-assembled case studies of the sports industry’s most...continued

Why Baseball's Green All Star Game Matters

Posted July 10, 2012 by Allen Hershkowitz in Green Enterprise, Living Sustainably, The Media and the Environment

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The sports industry’s growing embrace of energy efficiency, renewable energy, recycling, water conservation, safer chemicals and healthier food is educating millions of fans about the importance of protecting the environment and natural resources that we all depend on. Through their...continued

Poachers Revenge in Thailand

Posted February 21, 2012 by Allen Hershkowitz in Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, The Media and the Environment

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Dear Reader: Today I received the following disturbing letter via email alleging that poachers in Thailand are using their influence with corrupt government officials to intimate an animal rescue operation in Thailand that is active against elephant poaching and other forms...continued

Greening the GRAMMYs: It All Adds Up

Posted February 10, 2012 by Allen Hershkowitz in Green Enterprise, Living Sustainably, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming

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When it comes to the functional integrity of the biosphere, small things matter. Indeed, it is the small things in the global ecosystem that keep Homo sapiens and other forms of life alive. Ants produce soil. Bees pollinate a third...continued

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