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Sasha Lyutse, Policy Analyst, New York

Sasha Lyutse

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

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

Posted July 2, 2014 by Sasha Lyutse in Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably

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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 Lyutse in Solving Global Warming

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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 Lyutse in Solving Global Warming

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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 Lyutse in Health and the Environment

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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 Lyutse in Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably

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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 Lyutse in Health and the Environment, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming

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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 Lyutse in Environmental Justice, Solving Global Warming

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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 Lyutse in Solving Global Warming

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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 Lyutse in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming

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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

41 leading scientists call on EPA to protect our forests and climate

Posted November 27, 2013 by Sasha Lyutse in Solving Global Warming

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Yesterday, 41 leading scientists sent a letter to the EPA calling on the agency to protect our forests from the growing sucking sound created by biomass power plants. The scientists urged the agency to put in place a regulatory system that...continued

This Thanksgiving, shop smart: buy a turkey raised without antibiotics

Posted November 20, 2013 by Sasha Lyutse in Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably

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One of my favorite things about Thanksgiving is all the sides.  I’m already looking forward to sweet potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, and more.  But one thing Americans aren’t looking forward to this Thanksgiving is getting their turkey with a...continued

The future of our food system depends on healthy soils--and policies that support soil stewardship

Posted August 26, 2013 by Sasha Lyutse in Health and the Environment, Solving Global Warming

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Healthy soils are the foundation of a healthy food system. These soils teem with life: earthworms create water channels as the burrow through the soil, allowing rain to soak in; residues from previous crops help soil retain moisture, suppress weeds,...continued

Federal court affirms science as the guide for how EPA must regulate biomass energy

Posted July 18, 2013 by Sasha Lyutse in Solving Global Warming

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The federal court of appeals in Washington D.C. issued an important decision last week that confirmed the need to follow the science when developing biomass-based energy. The decision once again made clear that not all bioenergy has the same carbon...continued

Substituting trees for coal in power plants would take us backwards in the fight against climate change

Posted July 3, 2013 by Sasha Lyutse in Solving Global Warming

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Last week, President Obama gave a historic speech in which he laid out his second term plan for tackling the urgent threat of climate change. Delivered from the steps of Old North at Georgetown University (making this alum very proud),...continued

Livestock industry bullying on Meatless Mondays campaign doesn't change facts--or consumer trends.

Posted June 18, 2013 by Sasha Lyutse in Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably

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The Meatless Mondays campaign encourages consumers to skip meat one day a week in favor of plant-based foods, and highlights how this simple action can help improve their health and reduce the environmental impacts of their diets. Seems small, but...continued

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