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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

Uncertainty for the biomass industry grows

Posted January 28, 2016 by Sasha Stashwick

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It's not easy to turn around a big ship. When policymakers get it wrong, it can be a long hard slog to set things right. We're in the midst of just such a course correction on biomass energy policies, and...continued

Guest post: Cellulosic ethanol holds promise, but can we get it right?

Posted December 9, 2015 by Sasha Stashwick

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UPDATED December 14, 2015. This post was written by Loni Kemp, who has been a consultant to NRDC for seven years. She works on agriculture, energy and conservation policy for nonprofits, foundations and government. Previously she was at the Minnesota...continued

Tackling climate change through diet change

Posted December 1, 2015 by Sasha Stashwick

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Leaders of nearly 200 nations are in Paris right now working hard to negotiate an international framework to address climate change. Success will necessarily require decisive and sustained efforts to clean up power plants, cut carbon pollution from vehicles and...continued

Scientific and political consensus emerging: not all biomass is "carbon neutral"

Posted July 1, 2015 by Sasha Stashwick

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When dealing with a thorny public policy issue, it's always noteworthy when scientific and political consensus begins to emerge. Last week, a number of statements out of different parts of our government showed that our understanding of the role biomass--essentially...continued

New site spotlights good, bad & ugly of bioenergy in the EU as US EPA mulls biomass carbon rules

Posted May 7, 2015 by Sasha Stashwick

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Across the Atlantic, our colleagues have launched a terrific new website to spotlight the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to biomass energy. Chock full of valuable information and complete with gorgeous graphics, the site's hosts at...continued

With Tyson pledge, antibiotic stewardship is looking like the new normal in the chicken industry

Posted April 28, 2015 by Sasha Stashwick

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UPDATE 4/28/15: Tyson responded to our question today and clarified that under their new commitment, they will phase out use of all drugs in antibiotics classes used in human medicine, except to treat sick flocks. This is great news. If...continued

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

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