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Eat Local

Are you hungry for more renewables? Good news! You can eat renewable too! Help strengthen Alaska’s food system by eating local meats and vegetables.

Alaska is geographically isolated and has a limited growing season, which makes Alaskan’s heavily dependent on food imports. Approximately 95% of the food we eat comes from outside Alaska. Our food imports are based on a transportation system reliant on unstable fossil fuel prices. Additionally, Alaska is vulnerable to natural disasters (such as large-scale earthquakes and volcanic eruptions) that threaten food shipments into the state. According to the Alaska Farm Bureau, if Outside food sources were cut off, Alaska would only have a 3-5 day food supply. MORE

To find farmers markets in your region check out the Alaska Division of Agriculture’s “Alaska Grown Source Book”.

Quick Facts:

  • Alaskans spend an estimated $2.5 billion per year on food. (Alaska Food Policy Council)
  • Alaska agriculture supplies approximately 5% of the state’s food needs while 95% is imported from other regions around the globe. (US Department of Agriculture)
  • If Alaskan’s doubled local food purchases from 5% to 10 % the multiplier effect of $250 million in food dollars would remain in Alaska. (Alaska Food Policy Council)
  • Primary concerns following the Alaska 1964 earthquake and tsunamis were food and water access. (National Research Council)

Recycling

A limited market for recyclable materials has made the implementation of recycling programs difficult in Alaska. However, many options for recycling do exist in Alaska’s major communities. Because Alaska does not have a sorting facility, it is important to properly sort your recyclables by material. Curbside recycling is available in some areas of Anchorage. For more information on curbside recycling in Anchorage contact Alaska Waste.

For more information about what you can recycle and where to recycle it, refer to the following pages:

Alaska DEC Solid Waste Program

Anchorage

Juneau

Kenai

Kodiak

Fairbanks

Glennallen

Sitka

Mat-Su Valley

Total Reclaim

The Secret Life of Garbage

Did you know the average American produces 10 times their body weight in trash each year? And the US alone produces 250 million tons of trash each year? Check out this interesting graphic from BusinessDegree.net to learn more about trash and the importance of recycling.

Life of Garbage

Who we are

Renewable Energy Alaska Project is a coalition of energy stakeholders working to facilitate the development of renewable energy in Alaska through collaboration, education, training, and advocacy.