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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

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

New evidence that cutting forests to burn for electricity is even worse for the climate than we thought

Posted June 14, 2013 by Sasha Lyutse in Solving Global Warming

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Burning our forests for electricity is a bad idea—bad for our climate, bad for local ecosystems, and bad for our communities. But a new study just out of Dartmouth College shows that it might be even worse than we thought....continued

Foxes guarding the henhouse; why "self-certification" in the biomass industry threatens our forests

Posted June 4, 2013 by Sasha Lyutse in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming

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You know what happens when the fox is left to guard the henhouse. Unfortunately, the emerging trans-Atlantic biomass energy industry—in which power companies like Drax Power and Dominion Resources, supplied by wood pellet manufacturers like Enviva, cut down forests in...continued

How European power companies skirt their own environmental rules by logging U.S. forests for fuel

Posted May 29, 2013 by Sasha Lyutse in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming

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When European Union leaders mandated that 20% of Europe's energy should come from "renewable" sources, do you think they envisioned an industry where many millions of tons of trees harvested from U.S. forests would be loaded onto cargo ships and...continued

Good news amidst the unappetizing: turkey raised without antibiotics less likely to carry superbugs

Posted May 2, 2013 by Sasha Lyutse in Health and the Environment

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The independent product testing organization Consumer Reports, which regularly tests and rates a raft of consumer products—from lawnmowers, to washing machines, to baby monitors, to cars—recently focused its meticulous consumer product testing methods on America’s turkey burgers, releasing the results...continued

Superbugs on your meat: why FDA can't even feign surprise.

Posted April 18, 2013 by Sasha Lyutse in Health and the Environment

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If a federal agency willfully buries its head in the sand, what will it take to pull it out? As I discussed here, sampling of ground turkey, pork chops and ground beef in U.S. supermarkets, conducted jointly by the Food...continued

Serving up a safer food system: celebrating the "Pope of Pork" & meat raised without drugs

Posted April 4, 2013 by Sasha Lyutse in Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably

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In the livestock industry, heroes don’t always get their due. Perhaps that’s because the story of our modern animal agriculture system is so often so bleak—for farmers, animals, our health and the health of our environment. In the U.S. pork...continued

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