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Sasha Stashwick, Policy Analyst, New York

Sasha Stashwick

The prospect of working for NRDC brought me back to NY following a stint in London and Paris getting my Masters degree in Public Policy. I miss Paris every day but more and more, I know NYC is home. Besides, a politics junky like me wouldn’t miss such a challenging, exciting, opportunity-filled time in the U.S. for anything.

Apart from that, life these days is pretty much about exploring my Harlem neighborhood, working on my yoga, attempting to cook fresh food daily from scratch and trying to live healthier and greener little by little.

Recent Posts

Providing input to EPA's science panel as it again tackles biomass carbon emissions from power plants

Posted March 25, 2015 by Sasha Stashwick

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The EPA's Biogenic Carbon Emissions Panel--a group of experts convened to advise EPA on a scientifically sound approach to biogenic carbon accounting--held an in-person meeting today in which the public was able to offer oral comments on EPA's November 2014...continued

Antibiotics shouldn't be a crutch for chicken producers; living conditions for farm animals matter

Posted January 29, 2015 by Sasha Stashwick

In the last year, as I discussed here, there has been a lot of good news about antibiotic use in the chicken industry. Six of the largest US school districts and a major fast food company made commitments to buy...continued

Dominoes falling: A year-in-review in the consumer movement for antibiotic-free meat

Posted December 9, 2014 by Sasha Stashwick

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It’s been a banner year for the consumer movement demanding more responsible use of antibiotics in the meat industry and more antibiotic-free meat and poultry options in our grocery stores, restaurants, and schools. The average grocery store shopper isn’t waiting...continued

Americans to European leaders: SOS! Save Our Southern Forests

Posted November 13, 2014 by Sasha Stashwick

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Today, thousands of concerned citizens across the U.S. are delivering an SOS message to leaders in the European Union: Save Our Southern Forests! “SOS” is famously the international Morse code distress signal. It’s being used to call attention to the...continued

Tonight: FRONTLINE airs report on antibiotics overuse in the American meat industry

Posted October 14, 2014 by Sasha Stashwick

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Tonight, PBS’s FRONTLINE will air the second in its two-part series exploring the mounting crisis of antibiotics resistance—now among the top five health threats facing the nation according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The series picks up on...continued

Time to give another poultry giant kudos on reducing antibiotics use?

Posted October 7, 2014 by Sasha Stashwick

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In what looks like another big step for the poultry industry, Tyson Foods—the country’s largest chicken producer—announced last week that as of October 1st, it was discontinuing use of antibiotics in its 35 hatcheries. While we don’t know all the...continued

In honor of Independence Day, let's make our summer BBQs antibiotic-free!

Posted July 2, 2014 by Sasha Stashwick

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It’s National Grilling Month!  Just in time for the 4th of July, when many of us will be gathering for backyard barbeques and a whole lot of grilling. Of all the things folks will be grilling this holiday weekend and...continued

US scientists to EPA: follow the science on biomass to protect our climate & forests

Posted June 18, 2014 by Sasha Stashwick

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Burning trees for energy is dirtier than coal. And it threatens some of our most biologically diverse and precious forests. Last fall, more than 40 scientists wrote to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) laying out their concerns with an agency...continued

Clean air and clean power means being smart in how we choose biomass fuels

Posted June 10, 2014 by Sasha Stashwick

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Last Monday, President Obama took a truly historic step in the fight against climate change, announcing first-ever limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants in the US. Power plants are responsible for 40% of our carbon pollution, the single...continued

"Thought for Food" benefit celebrates sustainable food movement & calls on Foster Farms to clean up its act

Posted June 1, 2014 by Sasha Stashwick

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What we eat matters. The choices we make in the kitchen and supermarket aisle have a huge impact on our own health, as well as the health of our planet. As consumers, these choices can be a powerful tool for...continued

A family farm, 1 1/2 centuries old, leads the way on sustainable meat

Posted May 16, 2014 by Sasha Stashwick

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In today’s conventional meat industry, what passes for a “farm” is really more like a factory. Animals are confined indoors by the hundreds or thousands in crowded and often unsanitary conditions. Grain-feed is trucked in, while mountains of waste are...continued

Public outcry grows over uncontrolled growth of the biomass energy industry

Posted May 14, 2014 by Sasha Stashwick

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Burning whole trees to produce electricity is dirtier than coal. And the uncontrolled growth of the biomass energy industry in the Southeast threatens our most endangered forests. But communities in the region are finally standing up and saying no. In...continued

Injustice in Northampton: what happens when a giant wood pellet factory moves into your backyard

Posted March 17, 2014 by Sasha Stashwick

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Most of us will never know what it’s like to have a giant wood pellet factory move into our neighborhood. Unfortunately, the community of Northampton County, North Carolina isn’t so lucky.  A new video, Injustice in Northampton, produced by our...continued

Tackling climate change means curbing emissions from smokestacks, but also expanding our forests

Posted February 4, 2014 by Sasha Stashwick

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Last week, in his State of the Union address, President Obama reaffirmed his commitment to tackling climate change to the American people: “Over the past eight years, the United States has reduced our total carbon pollution more than any other...continued

Forest bioenergy industry threatens our most biologically diverse natural forests

Posted December 13, 2013 by Sasha Stashwick

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A new report commissioned by the National Wildlife Federation and Southern Environmental Law Center shows once again why it’s critical that we get our biomass policies right.  The study finds that exploding demand for wood as fuel in large power...continued

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