Dept. News and Features

Recent News and Features

"Eat avocados without washing them? That's an avoca-don't, FDA says"

[Dec 21, 2018]
Dr. William Hallman was quoted in the USA Today about the FDA's recent recommendation on thoroughly washing avocados before cutting through them to avoid transferring bacteria and dirt to what we eat.

Is it better for the environment to shop online or in-store?

[Nov 20, 2018]
Which form of shopping costs the planet more - online or in a brick-and-mortar store? The answer isn't black or white, and both methods have shades of green... The question of which shopping method is greener can trigger an hours-long discussion in Jill Lipoti's classes at Rutgers University.

Why Stay During A Hurricane? Because It's Not As Simple As 'Get Out'

[Oct 18, 2018]
Dr. Cara Cuite was quoted in a recent National Public Radio article about response to Hurricane evacuation.

Opinion: NJ Shouldn't Wait for Federal Funds Before Reducing Flood Damages

[Oct 16, 2018]
Dr. Daniel Van Abs is quoted in a recent article on about the the uncertainty of federal funding dictates that New Jersey view every project through the lens of self-funding.

Expert: NJ towns should start revamping water infrastructure for the future

[Aug 29, 2018]
Daniel Van Abs says that many towns across the state have water pipes that are a century old and just waiting to break.

More syringes are washing up on Jersey beaches. It's a problem that starts miles away.

[Aug 7, 2018]
Dr. Daniel Van Abs is quoted in a recent article on about the issue of sewage overflow on the Jersey Shore.

Americans waste nearly half their food. How can we reduce food waste in New Jersey?

[Jul 25, 2018]
Dr. Jill Lipoti was interviewed for the Bergen Records series on food waste.

Ira Wagner's 'Houseraising': Uplift, denial, and Hurricane Sandy

[Jul 22, 2018]
The preface, "All That I Know," is by Rutgers sociology professor Rachael Shwom, who ponders the mindset of those who live in an environmentally threatened place.

How Privatizing Water Systems Costs Taxpayers -- & Endangers Them (

[Feb 7, 2018]
Daniel Van Abs, Rutgers associate professor of practice for water, society & environment, says it's almost impossible to tell whether higher costs are a result of better service or higher profit margins due to private companies overbuilding infrastructure that isn't needed.

Conservation could curb future N.J. water demands

[Feb 5, 2018]
New Jersey's water needs could actually go down, despite population growth, with more investment in conservation, according to a Rutgers University study... Rutgers professor Dan Van Abs, who wrote the report, said he examined how modest improvements would play out in various scenarios.

Opinion: NJ's Water Needs Could Decrease, Despite 10.4M Residents by 2040

[Feb 1, 2018]
Dr. Van Abs featured in the NJ Spotlight: "Taking a broad array of variables into account, and working with the best-case scenario, the state's population could increase while demand for water could lessen."

Prof. Bill Hallman Appointed to National Advisory Committee Addressing Climate Change Communications

[Jan 9, 2018]
Congratulations Dr. Hallman on being appointed to the National Advisory Committee Addressing Climate Change Communications

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